A couple of days ago, the Google alert I set up for news about the new Patrick Stewart Star Trek series cropped up this Slashfilm.com intriguing article. Like many others, it explains how the new series is going to be quite different from TNG in both content and format. For one, it’s going to be serialised rather than episodic. But the detail which most caught my attention was Stewart saying it will resonate with the present: “…it references the present day at times, and that’s all I can say, really. I’m not saying we are in the present day. We’re not. But the world that we find Jean-Luc Picard in is not quite the world that we left him in….” I find that intriguing and tantalising. Could the references stewart alludes to be political in nature? Might he and the producers of this series intend to use it to say something about the contemporary political world? We know Stewart is a Labour supporter who opposes brexit; is it possible that the new series could be about a member of the Federation trying to split away from it? That’s pure speculation, of course, but based on what Sir Patrick has said, I think it is quite a tantalising possibility. The article notes how Stewart was intending to turn the proposal down until he saw what the producers had in mind; that implies that it was artistically significant, or resonated with him enough to make him change his mind. He is as upset as any thinking person at what is currently going on, so if I was him, the temptation to use the role for which I’m most famous to say something about the contemporary political climate would be too much.