We have the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Star Trek: Picard series. This is the first time that Patrick Stewart will be reprising his iconic role from the beloved franchise in nearly two decades, and it's the first time he'll be at the center of a TV show since The Next Generation went off the air. Needless to say, this is a big deal for fans. Yet, this first teaser, aside from being just a small glimpse at what's on the horizon, may not be what those eager fans were expecting, as Picard is totally retired from Starfleet.

Rather fittingly, this teaser was shared to coincide with the 25th anniversary of The Next Generation series finale. The trailer starts out, somewhat surprisingly, with calm, atmospheric shots of a vineyard. An even and tranquil yet ominous voiceover sets the stage for Jean Luc Picard's life at the present time, which sees him not at all involved with Starfleet. We see Picard carrying a crate of his own self-labeled Bourgogne. We then get a glorious and intriguing shot of Patrick Stewart, back in arguably his most iconic role. The music that plays once the title card hits the screen should be enough to give any sci-fi fan the chills, for various reasons. The voiceover raises a specific and intriguing question that sets up what we're likely to see unfold in the show.

"You commanded the greatest rescue armada in history. Then, the unimaginable. Why did you leave Starfleet, Admiral?"

It's a daring first look at the series, but we were previously warned that this show might be taking on a different look than what we're used to. Producer Alex Kurtzman previously stated that Jean Luc Picard will be leading a "radically altered" life when we catch up with him on the new show. Jonathan Frakes, who plays Riker and has also gone on to direct quite a bit of Trek over the years, also revealed that Patrick Stewart wasn't going to be playing a captain this time around. At the time, it wasn't clear what exactly that meant. Now we know. The trailer also came with the following tagline.

"The end is only the beginning.

Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera and Harry Treadaway will be joining Patrick Stewart in the cast. This is just one of many new projects CBS has in the works for the franchise. Star Trek: Discovery is still going strong and they also have a new animated series set to debut on Nickelodeon, amongst other small screen ventures. However, it seems this is the most highly-anticipated of them all.

Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, James Duff, Stewart, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers on the series. An exact premiere date has not been set, but the show is set to debut sometime in late 2019. Be sure to check out the first Star Trek: Picard teaser trailer from the CBS All Access YouTube channel below.

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Ryan Scott