Everyone has to walk away eventually and that includes Jean-Luc Picard, who walked away from Enterprise captain’s chair but who ended up taking it over?
Star Trek: Picard has been hit or miss for some fans, but whether you like it or not the series is, in fact, exploring more universe canon beyond just what’s shown on screen. In a new prequel novel, The Last Best Hope, it’s revealed that Jean-Luc walked away from being the Enterprise-E’s captain and was subsequently replaced by the very best choice possible.
Lt. Commander Worf, son of Mogue!
The revelation that Worf would take over the chair of the Enterprise-E makes me a bit melancholy over what other series could’ve been. My issue not being with the new modern-versions of Star Trek, but the fact that Trek was abandoned at all when it had such a strong fanbase. Who wouldn’t love watching Worf trudge around the Captain’s waiting room, asking insightful questions before threatening to bludgeon disrespectful aliens with his boots? That’s the show I’d sign up for.
Star Trek: Worf Drops Dumbasses the series. With Kurtwood Smith as Worf’s number one.
Jokes aside, the novel’s name seems to come from an Abraham Lincoln speech made to congress. On Dec 1, 1862 then President Lincoln spoke to Congress and in his concluding remarks, spoke of the countries last best hope;
"We say we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this. We know how to save the Union. The world knows we do know how to save it. We — even we here — hold the power, and bear the responsibility. In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free — honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just — a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless."
Considering the plot and focus of Picard the series, this is a solid title for the novel. Even though Trek may be different, it’s at least attempting to remember what made it so beloved in the first place.