Star Trek: Picard is making the call to go with the USS Titan over the USS Enterprise but was that the right call?
Star Trek: Picard is ending the series on as much of a high note as possible, not only reuniting the Next Generation crew for one last mission, presumably to save Beverly Crusher but will be doing so on a classic and iconic ship. The USS Titan.
I bet you thought I was going to say the Enterprise, don’t worry, a lot of fans were surprised when the recent trailer of Picard did the ol’ bait and switch by showing us the second in the series of Titans, the USS Titan-A.
The Titan, of course, was the ship that Will Riker was captain off at the end of Nemesis and in the extended literature offerings of the Star Trek universe. While many people thought we’d see the Enterprise-E or even the Enterprise-F, that was not to be and instead we get our first real look at the Titan. Or at least its predecessor.
So, the question is, was the Titan being picked over the Enterprise the right call?
Going with the Titan over the Enterprise was and wasn’t the right call
The decision to go with the Titan over the Enterprise isn’t the right or wrong call, as there are reasons as to why it makes sense to go with the Titan and why it makes sense to not.
Firstly, the Titan is new to live-action viewers. Well, the Titan-A is new in general, but still. It’s a ship that can be “thee ship” of Picard. With Riker’s history on the Titan, there’s history there, but it’s also new and vibrant. It gives the show a sense of self that would not have been there if they just went back to the Enterprise. Not only that, but the Enterprise-D is expected to have a cameo of sorts, helping keep that Next Generation reunion vibe going.
However, there are just as good of reasons to justify bringing back the Enterprise, be it The D, E or even F version of the ship. Firstly, what’s the Next Generation cast reunion without the Enterprise? Sure, there’s probably going to be a scene where the crew reunites on the holodeck of the Enterprise-D, that’s the most basic way to get the ship back in the show, but it’s just not going to be the same. Granted, there’s no way they can just bring back the Enterprise-D, not without someone like Q or maybe even Wesley Crusher, and that could be an option but the fans should have gotten at least one Enterprise so they could see the crew jaunting around the universe on.
Though, you can’t really recreate the past. It’s gone and over with and moving on with the Titan makes sense if Picard isn’t the end of the story. With rumors of a Seven of Nine spinoffs coming, if the show does go forward and they use the Titan as the ship of the series, then its inclusion here not only makes sense but is more important than bringing back a ship that’s been seemingly destroyed several times over.