Patrick Stewart shares only regret about season two of Star Trek: Picard

Patrick Stewart has completed his work on Star Trek: Picard.

Star Trek: PIcard season two came to an end on May 5th, and production of season three is already completed. Season two brought closure to some characters while leaving the door wide open for others. Patrick Stewart’s Admiral Jean-Luc Picard finally confronted the demons of his past and opened his heart to love again…just as Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) is set to return in season three.

The revelation of his mother’s suicide gave insight into what had been holding him back from love all these years, but with the return of Orla Brady (Laris) up in the air, Picard could once again face loss. But perhaps that is one more step he’ll have to take in his journey toward completion. As for Stewart, when he spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, he wished he could have shared some of the results of that journey on the bridge of the Enterprise.

Patrick Stewart wanted to see the impact his past had on Captain Picard.

Though it certainly wasn’t viable, Patrick Stewart wanted Picard to have immediately returned to the Enterprise so he could hear and see what the impact this life-changing moment had on the captain.

“My only regret is that once Jean-Luc revealed those hidden facts about his childhood to us, I almost wished we could immediately put him back on the bridge of the Enterprise to hear and see what the impact this revelation had on him. But we couldn’t do that.”

Star Trek: The Next Generation, like Star Trek: The Original Series, didn’t spend a lot of time on the emotional aspects of each character.  Episodic in nature, it didn’t delve too deeply into their pasts unless it was for the benefit of a certain episode. So while the knowledge of Captain Picard’s traumatic childhoold would have had a profound effect on him, it couldn’t have been fully appreciated on The Next Generation.

“There are so many emotional complexities in this whole series that we did not investigate much in Next Generation. I grew up in a violent home and over the years, thanks to lots of very expensive American therapy, it’s something that I think I’ve come to terms with. But the harm that it could do while it was being compressed and kept out and kept back and not acknowledged, it was very dark. I realized this was the same with Jean-Luc.”