Get Woke / Go Broke: Patrick Stewart Says ‘Star Trek: Picard’ will Tackle the World of Brexit and Trump by DAVID NG for Breitbart
GNN Note – I can’t wait to see what an utter failure at the box office this will be. Movies that announce they are about social engineering have all failed miserably at the box office.
Actor Patrick Stewart said the upcoming Star Trek series Picard will reflect the “world of Brexit and Trump” by portraying the show’s fictional United Federation of Planets as less “reliable and trustworthy” than in past series.
The British actor serves as an executive producer on Star Trek: Picard, which is scheduled to debut on CBS All Access on Jan. 23. It marks Stewart’s return to the enduring Star Trek franchise after a 17-year hiatus following Star Trek: Nemesis in 2013.
Stewart, 79, told Variety in a recent interview that he decided to return to the role after such a long period because the world had changed so much, specifically Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, and the election of President Donald Trump.
The new show, Stewart told the trade publication, “was me responding to the world of Brexit and Trump and feeling, ‘Why hasn’t the Federation changed? Why hasn’t Starfleet changed?’ Maybe they’re not as reliable and trustworthy as we all thought.”
Variety reported that Picard portrays the United Federation of Planets — a formerly benevolent union of interstellar planets — as having taken an isolationist turn.
“In a way, the world of Next Generation had been too perfect and too protected,” Stewart said. “It was the Enterprise. It was a safe world of respect and communication and care and, sometimes, fun.”
Stewart is staunch opponent of Brexit and President Trump.
Stewart said in November that he was “embarrassed” to be British, describing the country’s democratic vote to leave the European Union in 2016 as a “disgrace.”
“For the last 35 years, I have been so proud to belong to a country that was part of the European Union,” Stewart said at a Comic-Con event in Paris to promote Picard. “And I am embarrassed to stand here in front of you, representing a country that is seeking to break that invaluable connection.”