If I were giving this chapter in my life a Beatles-tune title, as I did with the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Inner Light,” it would have to be “The Long and Winding Road.”
Twenty years ago I pitched what I thought was a clever little idea to the NextGen team. The episode came and went. The series came and went. I wrote/produced a lot of cop shows, like Law & Order and Nash Bridges and sent three kids off to college.
And here I am promo-ing the sequel.
It’s in digital graphic novel form; it’s an unofficial fan-based project, but it still hopefully fills a hole in the TNG canon.
In the real world, there were probably political decisions as to why not produce a dedicated follow-up to Capt. Picard’s life-changing brush with family life. But in the Trek world, it seems as though Picard somehow, miraculously, recovered from the experience of losing his wife, friends, kids and grandkids.
In “THE OUTER LIGHT” I, along with co-writer Andre Duza and artist Don Aguillo, hope to explain how he managed that.
Already there’s pressure from fans which I should have anticipated but didn’t. Will this be as good as the original? (Probably not.) Will it attempt to duplicate the original? (Not at all.) Is it true to the Trek canon? (Not always; I’m trying to tell a very personal Picard story so don’t expect to see much of the other Enterprise characters.)
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