Star Trek: Picard will be bringing in new characters but how much screen time should they get?
Star Trek: Picard’s final season will do what the first two tried to do by bringing in new characters into the franchise. The series tried to bolster itself with brand new characters, all played wonderfully by great talent, but none of which made it to the third season. None of which but one, Raffaela “Raffi” Musiker played by Michelle Hurd.
Everyone else basically has been written off. In doing so, this has allowed the franchise to bring in new characters, ones that aren’t attached to the less popular seasons of the show. Characters like Ed Speleers, who plays an unnamed assistant to Beverly Crusher, is rumored to be her son with Jean-Luc Picard.
Then there are the two actresses playing the daughters of Geordi La Forge, Alandra and Sidney, played by Mica Burton and Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut respectively. Mica Burton is the daughter of LeVar Burton, who plays Geordi La Forge in the franchise.
These aren’t the only new characters we’re getting this season, just a few of them. With the rumors that Terry Matalas wants to pass the torch to a new generation of characters, it stands to reason that these new characters would get a lot of screen time, but how much should they really get?
How much screen time is enough for the new cast?
With so much focus being on the returning legacy characters in their final farewell to the franchise, it’s obvious that they should get a bulk of the air time. It’s what we’re all here for. Yet, if the series is planning a spinoff or a “passing of the torch” as Matalas said, to a new generation of characters, they can’t just be seen. They have to be felt, heard, and experienced.
So while how much time they get is debatable, what isn’t up for debate is that the time they get should be impactful. If fans aren’t feeling these new characters, it really won’t matter how much or little time they get.