Star Trek: Picard may answer a question that have been on fans’ minds since Worf returned to the movies after accepting an position as Ambassador to the Klingon homeworld.
A personnel file update meant to provide fans with more details about Worf prior to the February 16th premiere of the third season of Star Trek: Picard reveals that the Klingon didn’t serve very long as a diplomat, leaving his post to return to the U.S.S. Enterprise-E. Other assignments resulted in his promotion to the rank of Captain, but there isn’t clarification as to what those assignments were. It doesn’t sound like Worf was given a command of his own, which would make sense given Captain Sisko’s warning after Worf chose to save Jadzia, his wife, rather than complete an important mission during his time on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Worf only remained aboard the Enterprise-E for a short period of time as well. After that, the personnel files reveal that his further whereabouts have been classified. The Star Trek log explains why Worf left Enterprise-E, but it doesn’t say why he departed service as a diplomat. That seems to be a glaring error, especially since, in the trailer, Worf clarifies that he has now embraced pacifism, which is perfect for someone trying to keep the peace.
The Star Trek log for Star Trek: Picard left out two other pieces of critical information in Worf’s history.
While Worf’s file details the history of his birth and the parents who raised him, it left out both his son, Alexander, and his marriage to Jadzia, both important aspects of Worf’s life. One might even think losing Jadzia led him to accept the position as the ambassador. Deep Space Nine, along with Ezri Dax, held too many memories for him so it’s understandable he would want to leave.
But what would bring him back to Starfleet service? And what is happening in his life now that warrants his whereabouts to be classified? Does his son even know where he is? And what does Alexander think of his father rejecting the Klingon warrior ways?
There’s a lot of ground to cover with all of the crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation. It’ll be interesting to see what Star Trek: Picard can pack in in just ten episodes. But I certainly hope for more revelations about what Worf has been doing for the past twenty-plus years.