Star Trek: Picard will be the final voyage for the Next Generation crew.
Star Trek: Picard’s third season will see the final voyages of the Next Generation crew. The adventures of Jean-Luc Picard, William Riker, Deanna Troi, Beverly Crusher, Georid La Forge, Worf, and Da…Lore, will come to a close as Picard launches this month.
The franchise was always a spiritual sequel to The Next Generation, building its first season around Picard dealing with the loss of Data. It would continue to focus on the characters from the Next Generation and other older shows from Star Trek’s gone by.
So it isn’t surprising that Picard showrunner Terry Matalas is claiming this is it for the voyages of the Next Generation crew. Speaking to TrekMovie.com, Matalas confirmed this by saying;
"There’s no question that this will feel, by the time it’s over, like the final voyage of the Next Gen cast. And without going into spoilerrific detail, that doesn’t mean to say that a kind of Next, Next Generation show couldn’t continue with legacy characters. A kind of “Star Trek: Legacy” if you will, where these characters can continue to interact with a whole new generation. And when I say that, I also mean characters from Deep Space Nine and Voyager as well. But again, I will remind fans, this is just my dream of dreams. And it’s not currently in development in any way. But should it ever be, I would be there in a New York minute."
Star Trek: Legacy is an interesting idea that doesn’t need to be explored any further
While the idea of a “Star Trek: Legacy” sounds interesting in theory, in execution it will fall flat. The franchise already did this song and dance with Picard, bringing in legacy characters from several shows to build a unique narrative and frankly, it didn’t work for the first two seasons.
Some fans will want to see more of the older crew, as nostalgia is a hell of a drug, but with the state of streaming services as it is right now, the combination of Showtime and Paramount+ into one service and the economics of making shows this expensive, focusing more on Strange New Worlds and Prodigy is the smarter play here.
It’s time to focus on what works.