Having had the good fortune to meet and interview Alex Kurtzman, I can confidently say that on the face of it he's not the kind of guy you'd imagine could almost be moved to tears by a script reading. That said, when the person reading the script is Sir Patrick Stewart, returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard after almost 20 years, then perhaps his feelings are not quite so surprising.
Speaking at Paleyfestat Paleyfest, the current torchbearer of the Star Trek franchise explained his emotions.
“Here’s what I will tell you. I had an amazing experience yesterday. I sat at Patrick’s kitchen table and I heard him read the first episode and I almost cried. It was quite something. He’s at an amazing place in his life. He’s so excited. It’s going to be a very different show from Discovery. The only way this universe, I think, works correctly is if each show is really different and speaks to a different part of Star Trek.”
“This is going to be a very thoughtful, psychological portrait in a lot of ways. We all know what Picard means to the world and why he, like so many legendary characters on Star Trek, has endured and what he’s represented. He in some ways has to go through a gauntlet to find that again. Things have changed for him and changed him in some ways, and yet he is so deeply and fundamentally still Picard. We’re thrilled at what we’re going to deliver. I know Patrick is really excited. The cast is coming together beautifully. And I will give you nothing else.”
Excited is not the word, the thought of a sombre investigation into the post-Starfleet life of Picard is delicious to say the least.