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Akiva Goldman writes Picard’s Admiral’s Log set during quarantine

April 10th, 2020 by Marc Comments

While I found Picard Season 1 a real struggle to get through, I can still appreciate the character’s importance.

Even as a casual Trek fan, I really like Picard and would count him in the the top ten most important sci-fi characters of all time and a symbol of hope for many.

Now, in the time of this damned virus, Star Trek: Picard executive producer Akiva Goldsman has penned an Admiral’s Log as if it were written by Picard before we met him in the new series and while he was still in Starfleet.

The log reflects how Picard handles a quarantine on board a Starship and it, obviously, reflects the anxiety many of us feel at the minute, stuck in our houses while we wait for the pandemic to blow over.

Admiral’s Log. The quarantine stretches on. Essential systems continue to fail. And though many of us are used to long periods of isolation, the prohibition on physical contact, not to mention our inability to leave the ship, is beginning to wear on even the most seasoned members of the crew.

Remote communication flourishes — still I am reminded there is no substitute for a direct gaze or the reassurance of a friendly touch. I am emboldened by the crew’s resilience. Despite the hardship, they continue to work their stations; productivity and routine can be an excellent balm on fear. And fear they do, how could they otherwise?

The threat we face is real with no immediate end in sight. But that does not make it endless. On the contrary, this period of darkness will end, as surely as it began. Fear will fade to memory. We will survive, stronger, perhaps more aware of the profound connections we have always shared. And a time will come when we once again right this ship and sail forward together into the future, that bright unknown.

Stay strong everyone, and stay safe. This too shall end.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….