Making It So: Picard is returning to Star Trek Universe!

Oh Captain, my Captain.

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I will always be very proud to have been a part of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course.  It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over. During these past years, it has been humbling to hear stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership. I feel I'm ready to return to him for the same reason – to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times.  I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more. #StarTrek @cbsallaccess Photo: @shervinfoto

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The news that Jean-Luc Picard is returning to the Star Trek franchise lit up the internet yesterday, with many an internet-friend and I squeeing with delight.

I mean…first we were like this.

And then we were like this.

And now we’re kinda like this.

The new series, set to debut on CBS All Access App in Fall 2019, will feature Captain Picard in new adventures within the franchise’s universe, and Sir Patrick Stewart will also be executive producer on the project. So far, there has been no announcement of the return of any other of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast members, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a few happy surprises turn up in upcoming months.

I’ve waited 16 long years for the return of Captain Picard, and I know what I’ll be doing on the day the first episode drops.

What was your reaction to Sir Pat Stew’s announcement? Come squee with us on Twitter!

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