With only seven more Star Trek: Picard episodes left to go, the focus is starting to shift even more towards what is going to happen after the series wraps.
And, as we’ve been discussing, spin-offs are high on the list. We all want to know what’s going to happen to these characters. Have we seen the last of them? So many ideas are being floated around that it would be impossible for Paramount to choose them all. But there is one that I’ve seen suggested that I would very much like to see myself—A USS Titan series with Captain Liam Shaw. (Todd Stashwick)
Yes, Shaw is a bit off-putting, arrogant, and even sarcastic, but haven’t those characters worked on other shows? Anybody seen House, M.D. with Hugh Laurie? That character was beyond sarcasatic, and fans loved it. How about Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) from How to Get Away with Murder? Or Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) from Grey’s Anatomy? They all have their own unique brand of snarkiness, and it has worked for those characters, bringing them a loyal fan base.
Besides his sarcasm, one thing Shaw has proven is that he’s smart. He is the one that started asking the question about how Vadic was locating the Titan. And while it might take some fans a bit to warm up to him, it might be interesting to have a different kind of captain as the lead of a new program.
Star Trek: Picard has opened up a door to a great new possibility.
A Titan series wouldn’t have to keep any of the legacy characters or characters that were part of Picard’s regular cast. It could essentially be a fresh start with new adventures and the crew that is aboard now.
Other captains have been diplomatic, brash, aggressive, and ready to fight, Shaw would bring a different flavor to the captain’s chair, one with more of a “we’re not doing this” type of attitude when facing enemies. Though he would certainly be a captain with a harder edge, I think that might to his favor with the crew knowing his edginess was because he cared about them and Starfleet.
I think starting a new series without any legacy characters would certainly be less expensive than a show that’s all about those characters. I, for one, would like to see what Todd Stashwick would bring to a Star Trek series. How about you?