With so many Star Trek shows on, will there ever be a crossover?
Crossovers can create a huge boost in viewers and help a series that isn’t doing quite as well as the other. Many franchises like Law and Order, FBI, and Grey’s Anatomy, to name a few, have had successful crossovers that have even resulted in spin-off series. With Star Trek: Discovery, Picard, Prodigy, Lower Decks, and the upcoming Strange New Worlds, it was inevitable that the subject of crossovers would come up in the franchise as it did when Alex Kurtzman appeared on Deadline’s Hero Nation podcast.
The question presented to Kurtzman was about the possibility of “significant crossovers.” Unsurprisingly, he admitted they were on his mind but he hasn’t thought about anything specific yet. He clarified that while crossovers could be “really, really exciting,” if a crossover goes wrong, then people are disappointed which can affect both shows.
Are Star Trek crossover shows inevitable?
Kurtzman seems to think so. He told the podcast hosts, Anthony D’Alessandro and Dominic Patten, that it does seem like it’s inevitable somewhere and somehow, but he stressed that it has to be “intentional” as they have “curated each show to have its own distinct identity.” And it’s not a decision they want to take lightly.
He went on to say that while it’s exciting to think about what it would be like to have certain characters or crews working together, it can’t be random. Which makes absolute sense. Having a character cross over to another series just for the sake of ratings won’t work. Viewers will question why that character is there, what is their purpose.
With the shows currently on the air, some crossovers would be questionable anyway. With Discovery set so far into the future, it would be difficult for anyone from Picard to show up in its time period…unless it’s John de Lancie’s Q. However Kurtzman and his team can work it out, it will be interesting to see who gets chosen for the first round of crossovers. Right now, our imaginations can come up with all sorts of scenarios, even if they aren’t really a possibility.