Star Trek: Picard only has three episodes left to finish out the season and the series.
With all the returning characters that have been popping up on Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fans are holding out hope that Avery Brooks will reprise his role as Captain Benjamin Sisko in one of the last three episodes of the series. Brooks was last seen onscreen in the “The Captains,” the 2011 documentary produced by William Shatner. But, according to Cirroc Lofton, who played Sisko’s son on Deep Space Nine, Brooks has not retired from acting.
So one fan took to Twitter to ask if Brooks could show up as the surprise guest Wil Wheaton mentioned in The Ready Room. Terry Matalas, the showrunner for Picard, shot that down by saying the guest wasn’t a “crazy surprise.” That, to me, says the mystery guest is going to be someone we should expect or, at the very least, wouldn’t shock us.
Star Trek: Picard might not bring back Benjamin Sisko, but that doesn’t mean he’ll never return.
We already know that Matalas is interested in working on a spin-off series called Star Trek: Legacy. Most recently, he said he wanted to delve into the Berman-era if such a series was greenlit. And Avery Brooks was part of the height of that era. So it wouldn’t be surprising, if Matalas is allowed to take the reins on a new series, for him to reach out to all the former cast members of the series that came after Star Trek: The Original Series.
In fact, if such a show goes forward, I think we can expect to see a lot of the characters from shows we haven’t seen in a while. But even if it doesn’t, there are other current series that can reach out to the illustrious captain. Now that the ball is rolling and more 90s characters are returning to the Star Trek fold, it’s time for Avery Brooks to make an appearance. In fact, it’s past time.