Star Trek: Picard’s final season is a reunion of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast.
It’d be a bit disingenuous to say the Star Trek: Picard’s final season is The Next Generation reunion, as the whole series has been one long one. It’d be more apt to say that Picard’s final season is when all the fashionably late people finally showed up to the reunion.
We’ve already seen Patrick Stewart, John de Lancie, Whoppi Goldberg, Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, and Brent Spiner return to Star Trek through the show. Only three names, Gates McFadden, LeVar Burton, and Michael Dorn have yet to return to the show. They’ll be doing so for season three, joining Spiner, Stewart, Frakes, and Sirtis.
Getting everyone together is a big deal for not only the fans but the cast as well, and it appeared to be a fun time for all. McFadden and Stewart were interviewed TV Insider during Comic-Con and the passion McFadden had for the reunion was obvious. Not only did she swoon over Stewart, calling him “cat-nip” to women, but McFadden also talked about how enjoyable the reunion was;
"We had a blast and laughed a lot and got silly as always and also had some very moving moments, so I think the story is quite brilliant and very powerful."
Stewart then went on to talk about the ending of Picard;
"We’re happy. It makes a difference when you love and respect the people you’re working with. It makes such a difference. It loosens you up, frees you up, gives you more confidence. You can be bolder than you otherwise might’ve been."
Hopefully Star Trek: Picard brings back more former characters
The Picard series has brought back a number of characters beyond the Next Generation core cast. Jeri Ryan of Voyager fame, returned as Seven of Nine, while Johnathan Del Arco returned as minor character Hugh. They also brought back TNG and Voyager characters Bruce Maddox and Icheb but they were played by different actors.
Hopefully Picard continues this tradition, as it’d be great to see other minor characters from across that generation of Star Trek one last time. Especially if no other revivals are in the works, it may be the last time we get to see some of them.
It’s likely we get a few more additional names, after all, they cleared the cast from seasons one and two to make room for these new additions. So there are clearly opportunities to be had to bring in other pasta characters.