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The Star Trek universe is a vast place filled with hundreds of characters, so why should Picard be the only one to get a second chance?
When it was revealed that Star Trek: Discovery would be set in the past instead of moving the timeline forward, many fans weren’t too thrilled. The last Star Trek series to be on the air, Enterprise, was another prelude to the Original Series and one many Trekkers had a difficult time trying to shoehorn into the established canon.
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Now comes Discovery, which takes place 10 years prior to the Original Series and would once again twist Star Trek continuity into knots. It is a huge factor in why so many fans won’t give the show a chance despite the fact that so far, it fits in pretty seamlessly into established canon.
Oh well. Let the gatekeepers keep complaining. Not too many people are even listening anymore.
So it came as a huge shock when it was announced last August that Star Trek would once again be moving into the future. And that the franchise was going to do it with one of the most iconic characters in the history of the show.
The fact that Sir Patrick Stewart agreed to return to the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard was surprising enough. But that he was going to do it for a new ongoing series on CBS All Access was even more shocking.
In the past characters have made a comeback, but usually only for a guest appearance or something similar. Like when Scotty showed up on Next Generation or when Deanna Troi appeared on Voyager. Unlike those, this was the first time such a prominent Star Trek character would be returning to the franchise and in such a big way.
So now that the door has been opened with Star Trek: Picard, you have to wonder how long it will be before the door is opened just a bit wider.
Because while new concepts such as the Section 31 series and the animated Lower Decks are great way to expand the fanbase, sometime fans want the classics. We want to know what has happened to the characters we fell in love with on The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and the rest. And thanks to Star Trek: Picard, we now know that could happen.
But what characters do we want to see?
That is what we are going to try and answer. Here, in no particular order, are five Star Trek characters who deserve a Picard-style series. Characters for whom the story never should have ended and we as fans want more.
We just hope Alex Kurtzman is listening. Because a few of these would be surefire hits.
Now here is where we will note that yes, the story for many of these characters did indeed continue in the various Star Trek novels that have been published over the last few years. But since none of those are canon, they don’t count unless someone at CBS says otherwise. Does that stink? Yes, but that’s the way it goes.
So let’s start with one of the most obvious choices.