“We now have set an ordinary for ourselves of telling the very best tales that we are able to in no matter medium we’re working in, throughout the board,” Beyer says. “And that by no means modifications.”
Beyer’s co-author on Picard: No Man’s Land, Mike Johnson, doubles down on this assertion, saying, “After I was doing the Kelvin [comics] for IDW, that was the solely Kelvin universe stuff on the market in between the flicks. Anybody engaged on a challenge thinks of it as canon, in any other case, you’re doing a disservice to your self and the followers.”
He additionally factors out that in quite a few tie-in supplies since 2009, there was an in depth working relationship between the writers of the movies and the TV exhibits, and people producing the comics and novels. “I’m not saying that any author who doesn’t have direct communication is one way or the other lesser. However I had Bob Orci as a sounding board for the Kelvin comics, and now I’ve an identical profit, given Kirsten’s involvement with the exhibits.”
Like Beyer, Johnson has been writing Star Trek materials for a really very long time, beginning with the favored IDW comedian ebook sequence Countdown, which created a sort of TNG-era prequel for the occasions of the 2009 movie. Clearly, not the entire materials from that comedian has remained canon within the post-Picard period, however on the time, the intent was there to offer the followers one thing that was particularly made for them. This philosophy extends to a lot of Johnson and Beyer’s different collaborations, together with the Discovery prequel comedian The Mild of Kahless, the Mirror Universes sequel Discovery: Succession, and the favored sequence Picard: Countdown, which not solely exhibits Raffi and Jean-Luc throughout their Starfleet heyday but in addition elaborates on the origin story of Laris and Zhaban, together with precisely how and why the got here to work for Jean-Luc within the first place. The purpose is in relation to extracurricular Star Trek motion, Beyer and Johnson know their stuff.
This leads to what’s maybe their most bold challenge so far — No Man’s Land — a full-cast audio drama that includes the machinations of Seven of 9 (Jeri Ryan) and Raffi (Michelle Hurd) in between the occasions of Star Trek: Picard seasons 1 and a couple of. Whereas the story was being developed alongside the writing of season two, Beyer reveals that Ryan and Hurd recorded it simply after they’d completed filming the second season. So, if followers really feel a synergy between what they see of Seven and Raffi in Picard season 2 and what they hear in No Man’s Land, that’s the purpose. “We had the good thing about actually figuring out the place season two was going and had been in a position to make little changes as we went alongside when it comes to tone,” Beyer explains. “We had been actually in a position to fine-tune it as season two was occurring.”
To be clear, No Man’s Land is not an audiobook tailored from prose. That is an audio drama with a full solid — together with Star Trek: Decrease Decks’ Fred Tatasciore in a completely completely different position — and a plot that appears like a Star Trek movie, or a giant multi-part episode arc. With out spoiling it, the story issues Seven, Raffi, and a crew of Fenris Rangers, in pursuit of a lacking professor and a mysterious artifact which is additionally on the want-list for a Romulan warlord. For essentially the most half, the motion is faraway from the Federation and Starfleet and permits us to expertise the distinctive variations between what’s going on in Fenris Ranger territory and the remainder of the galaxy.