Michael Dorn has played the Klingon warrior Worf in close to 300 episodes of Star Trek.
Fortunately for Star Trek: Picard fans, Michael Dorn has returned as Worf in the latest season, and it’s some of his best acting yet. The writers have written Worf, with input from Dorn, with an edge of pacifism but still the same warrior tendencies. Overall, just in two episodes of Picard, Worf has stood out as one of the key characters. And Dorn isn’t opposed to continuing to play the character if everything falls in line for something resembling a Star Trek: The Next Generation type of spin-off.
In an interview with Trekmovie, Dorn said he would be willing to return as Worf as long as whatever the writers have in mind for the character is “really interesting.”
"“Once again, it just depends on what’s written. I mean, doing the Worf and doing the makeup has gotten easier. The tough part was figuring out the makeup and that sort of stuff. But it’s just a matter of what they envision for the character. I don’t need to be the star, if it’s a Next Generation thing, I don’t need to be the star. But I want whatever he does to be really interesting. If that is the case, then I am all in.”"
Michael Dorn has always felt that Worf has a place in the Star Trek universe.
Though Dorn has been interested in a Worf series for years and even wrote a pilot, nothing has ever come of it, which is disappointing considering how popular the character is. Even though a lot of time has passed, Dorn still believes Worf has a place and that there is a Worf show out there. In fact, he thinks if the powers-that-be had the will to do it, they would be “totally shocked” at how popular the character is.
Sometimes, characters that don’t take the center stage very often aren’t seen as potential leads. Producers may not believe a secondary character can be interesting enough or strong enough to be the main character of a show. And, in some instances, that’s true. But in this case, I believe practically every Star Trek fan would agree that Dorn could carry a show all his own as Worf.
And there is talk of a Picard spin-off with Worf and Raffi (Michelle Hurd). If that comes to fruition, I think producers will be surprised at just how long fans have been waiting for Worf to take the lead. But as Dorn says, he doesn’t need to be the star, and if there is any way he could return to another Trek series, possibly even a Titan spin-off, fans would love to see more of him!