Is it time for a Star Trek: The Next Generation reboot?
We watched Jean-Luc Picard grow as a captain and a human being in Star Trek: The Next Generation. We’re seeing the latter years of Jean-Luc Picard’s life in Star Trek: Picard now, but there’s no telling how long that series can continue. Eventually, we may reach the end of Picard and the many characters that surrounded his journey.
True, we had eighteen years without Picard and the Enterprise crew, but now that we have him (and occasional guest stars) back on our screens, it’s going to be even more difficult to let him go. And The Next Generation had so many more stories to tell when it ended.
And while current Trekkies are fans of the older versions of the Star Trek universe, some viewers may not be as thrilled with the limited special effects, especially if they’ve seen Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Discovery. A series set in the same timeline as TNG and with the same characters could be a huge boost to the franchise’s bottom line and draw in many more fans who will stay with the universe for years to come. So could a Star Trek: The Next Generation series reboot work, and is it possibly on the horizon?
James McAvoy, who previously portrayed a younger version of Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier character in X-Men, has expressed interest in portraying a younger Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and while the thought of recreating these characters might seem untenable to some, it has already been done with the original Star Trek series. And there is more young Kirk and young Spock to come in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. So why not a different version of The Next Generation crew? It’s certainly not unheard of in the fan world, considering some have already written about their favorite dream cast for a reboot.
Though it might be difficult for fans of the original TNG to accept, as long as the new series didn’t venture outside canon, they might be amenable to watching it. And it could possibly be another hit for the Star Trek Universe.
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