IDW’s Star Trek #400 helps explain Wesley Crusher’s arrival on Star Trek: Picard
The Wesley Crusher Renaissance is underway, and Star Trek fans are going to get a whole heap of the former boy genius this year. Played by Wil Wheaton, Wesley Crusher is having a second life as a secondary character in Trek. The character was brought back recently as part of the Star Trek Online video game.
That version of Wesley Crusher isn’t the same one from The Next Generation or Picard, however, as this version is far eviler due to this version being from The Mirror Universe. That wasn’t the only time that we have seen, will see, or should see Wesley Crusher, however.
We also saw the TNG Wesley arrive at the end of Picard, once again being played by Wheaton, this time in live action. It’s the first time that Wheaton has played the character since 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis where he had a minor cameo.
At the end of Picard, Wesley is trying to recruit a new person, Koore Soong, to become a Traveler like him. Thanks to the upcoming Trek #400 comic by IDW, we now know how and why Wesley Crusher arrived to recruit Soong.
Star Trek #400 was right to help bridge the gap between The Next Generation and Picard
Star Trek #400 will tie together several stories into one larger book, and Wheaton had a hand in writing Wesley Crusher’s story. Wheaton was aided by Joe Eisma and DC Alonso in writing the story and will see Wesley traveling through time.
He’ll apparently visit Jean-Luc Picard at the Picard family vineyards, and it harkens back to the idea Wheaton had for his arrival on the series had he had a chance to talk to Picard in person. From the recap of it, it sounds like a very touching moment between Picard and Crusher and gives Crusher the motivation he needs to recruit Kore.
This was the right call, considering so much of Crusher’s story is lost to time and missed opportunities. Not having him in any of the films, truly or flushing out his story as a traveler was a missed opportunity. One that we’re getting in the pages of #400.
The entire story is very heartfelt and the motivation for recruiting Kore is fascinating. Trek comic fans should certainly pick up Star Trek #400.
The book is out now at your local comic retailers.