Star Trek: Picard is going to attempt to carry the legacies of Deep Space Nine and Voyager with it.
Star Trek: Picard has always been a show that was supposed to elevate and potentially conclude the legacy of Jean-Luc Picard and more than likely, the Next Generation crew as well. Yet, it started with both characters from Next Generation and Voyager. We had the likes of Brent Spiner (Data) and Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) being huge parts of the show from the jump.
And while the show carried some familiar tones from Voyager, notably the Borg angle in the first two seasons, those weren’t things that exclusively belonged to Voyager. It was just the show that featured the alien species the most.
So when it came to Picard, the focus was always on making the show a sequel of sorts to the Next Generation, yet Picard showrunner Terry Matalas is going out of his way to focus on the show being bigger than the Next Generation, telling Den of Geek;
"I think that it’s important to Deep Space Nine fans to feel seen. It’s a continuation of Voyager too, of course, with Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) in our show. If you’re going to be in this time period, there’s such a rich opportunity to honor what came before."
Star Trek: Picards’ final season may be biting off more than it can chew
Star Trek: Picard seems to be trying to be all things to all people and historically that doesn’t seem to work. I agree with Matalas that if you have the opportunity to honor something, you should do so, but where we disagree is doing that only when it makes sens.se
Voyager, The Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine had very little overlap, and they all had their own unique feel to them. Trying to pay respect to them in a vehicle many saw as a TNG sequel seems like a bad idea.
There may not be another chance to do so, I can admit that but trying to pay homage to all those shows in one, 10-episode season seems like it will just leave people feeling hollow and disappointed.