Patrick Stewart will be putting on an original Starfleet uniform in a Star Trek: Picard flashback scene. One of several Star Trek shows currently in production, Star Trek: Picard picks up on the life of Patrick Stewart's Jean-Luc Picard almost two decades after his last appearance in 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis. Although the title character is retired when Star Trek: Picard begins, the quiet vineyard life, unsurprisingly, doesn't suit the former Enterprise-D captain and this is where the spinoff's true tale kicks off.
The Star Trek: Picard SDCC 2019 trailer showcased plenty of new details, many of which came as hugely pleasant surprises to fans both in attendance and eagerly following the panel online. Most notably, Star Trek: Picard will feature returns from a selection of familiar faces, including Brent Spiner as Data, Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine and Jonathan Del Arco as Hugh. Both Jonathan Frakes (Riker) and Marina Sirtis (Troi) have also been confirmed to appear. In terms of plot, Star Trek: Picard will unite Stewart's character with a renegade space crew who are charged with protecting a young woman in danger.
While Star Trek: Picard's new crew are entirely non-sanctioned by Starfleet, Patrick Stewart confirmed in an SDCC interview with TV Line that, despite initially insisting Picard would not wear a uniform on the show, he'd be slipping on an original, classic uniform during a flashback sequence. The legendary actor states:
"I did strongly make the point that I did not want to be in a uniform...at all... And I have just made myself look slightly foolish by insisting that in the end of next week's [filming] work, I will be in a uniform... Because it's a flashback and I said 'in order for this to have the right kind of context, I need to be in a uniform'"
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from this reveal is that Star Trek: Picard will feature flashbacks to the character's time working for Starfleet. Considering the amount of time that has passed since Stewart last played the role, however, it's unclear whether these flashbacks will be the product of clever makeup and camerawork or digital de-aging. If the latter is used, then Star Trek: Picard could potentially flashback as far as Picard's pre-Enterprise days on the Stargazer - exploring a largely unknown part of the character's on-screen history.
Perhaps a more likely explanation is that Stewart will wear a Starfleet uniform as part of his later career as an ambassador. Canon Star Trek media charts Picard's time as Ambassador on the now-destroyed Romulus and this may be the period Star Trek: Picard opts to flash back to. Certainly this era would be easier to achieve in terms Patrick Stewart's appearance, and Alex Kurtzman has already referenced Picard's regret over Romulus when discussing the spinoff's direction and tone. Of course, it's also possible that Star Trek: Picard will flashback to the Next Generation years, possibly providing a new take on an older story.
Star Trek: Picard premieres in 2020 on CBS All Access.
Source: TV Line