Sir Patrick Stewart: Jean-Luc Picard Would Have Responded to COVID-19 Far More Effectively than Trump or Johnson

In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation  (CBC) show The Current, actor Sir Patrick Stewart talked with host Tom Power at length among many things, including how the titular character of his hit CBS All Access Show Star Trek: Picard would have handled the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Stewart said: “I think that Picard would not have hesitated in finding, if not solutions, at least ways of minimizing the risk and the danger to individuals.”

He also spoke about the origins of his sonnet a day while in quarantine, saying they were his wife’s idea and have since become a huge social media phenomena.

Picard is currently available to stream for free over the next month. Watch it here.


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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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