It's also been suggested by producer Alex Kurtzman that "Picard's life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire." When did that happen, you ask? Well, the destruction of Romulus was what prompted the villain of the 2009 Star Trek reboot film to travel back in time, creating the alternate reality known as the "Kelvin Timeline," in which the Enterprise crew looks slightly sexier and Sulu is suddenly gay because of physics. Meaning that a background detail in that film is of huge significance to Picard, which still takes place in the original, non-Beastie Boys-filled timeline.
In case you're worried the new show will tarnish your memories of Picard that weren't already ruined by the dune buggy chase in Star Trek: Nemesis, one promising sign is that acclaimed novelist Michael Chabon will be showrunner. Chabon won a Pulitzer Prize for The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay, and also co-wrote the script for Spider-Man 2. While the show doesn't premiere until 2020, we're also getting a prequel novel and comic book series, which will hopefully focus on the ins and outs of house-training pit bulls.