Star Trek: Picard is counting on season three to be the final movie for Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The last Star Trek: The Next Generation movie we saw was Star Trek: Nemesis, but fans don’t really talk much about that one as it’s not a favorite. So we’ve been kind of stuck with that one as a wrap-up movie that wasn’t really a wrap-up movie. But the executive producer of Star Trek: Picard, Terry Matalas, in a podcast interview with Trekmovie, said that is what the final season of Picard could be.
Though there have been questions about another The Next Generation movie and even Patrick Stewart said he would be on board with that, there isn’t anything official on the board or even in discussions as far as we know. Of course, it’s not impossible that we’ve been left in the dark. But with nothing concrete to go on, Matalas said he wants this ten-episode season to feel like the final The Next Generation movie.
"We really wanted to make this as cinematic an experience as possible. If there wasn’t going to be a final Star Trek: The Next Generation movie then this 10-episode series would serve that and feel like that. So when it comes out, my recommendation would be to turn off the lights, pop some popcorn, and you got 10 chapters ahead of you that should feel as cinematic as possible."
Star Trek: Picard may very well allow us a better goodbye to the characters than Nemesis did.
The series finale of The Next Generation “All Good Things…” was by and far one of the best finales. And had a movie not been produced, most fans would have been satisfied to let the series rest at that point. Unfortunately, though, we had four movies, only one of which was really a stand out (First Contact). Though Nemesis didn’t specifically leave any threads dangling, it just didn’t have a strong enough farewell, and fans walked away feeling like something was missing.
So while there might be fans who haven’t had any interest in watching Picard before now, this new information from Matalas might be enought to change their minds if for no other reason than to say farewell to these characters we met thirty-five years ago.