Two Star Trek: Picard starring ladies and former standouts on The Next Generation series are up for more Legacy spinoffs.
Star Trek: Picard will see Jean-Luc Picard reunite with his favorite crew members one more time, as Patrick Stewart returns as the titular Picard one final time in the series’ final season. Stewart will be joined by Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge), Gates McFadden (Beverly Crusher), Michael Dorn (Worf), and Brent Spiner (formerly Data) in what will serve as a reunion special of sorts.
When the show ends, Picard is expected to take his final bow as Picard but the rest of the aging cast is seemingly open to more adventures.
Sirtis stated on Twitter that any further adventures with, as she dubbed, the Legacy crew, will be dependent on the fans.
McFadden echoed similar sentiments as Sirtis, stating that she would lovely to come back for another adventure if the fans wanted it. The thing is, Picard is the least liked show of the Nu Era of Star Trek, and that’s partly because the reputation and magic that the Next Generation brought were nerfed in favor of a more depressing, more browbeating style of storytelling that fans didn’t receive well.
Yes, it has its fans but it’s not nearly as popular as other series currently out. The hype for seeing the TNG cast is largely gone after seeing how Terry Matalas handled the show.
It’s time to move beyond the TNG legacy characters and maybe every legacy character
Save for Kate Mulgrew on Star Trek: Prodigy, there really aren’t a lot of good examples of legacy actors in Star Trek being used well. On Lower Decks, they’re props or gags, on Picard they’re all depressed and devoid of any real liveliness.
Strang New Worlds is hitting its strides in part due to the legacy characters but if we’re being fair, the standout characters on the show had little to no real involvement in Star Trek before Strange New Worlds.
Anson Mount’s Christopher Pike is the hit of the show but Pike has been such a little-used character that this Pike feels like the definitive one. The one that sets the standard. So seeing his take on Pike is refreshing. Seeing Stewart return as Picard is just depressing. While some of the trailers for Picard’s last season look interesting mostly just Worf and Riker’s exchange in the transporter, most of it still has the weight of several bad years of Star Trek behind it.
It’s ok to not do anything else with the Legacy casts if we’re just going to get more versions of Picard.