Star Trek: Picard star Patrick Stewart says he regrets nothing about returning to the franchise.
Star Trek: Picard was an uneven mess from start to finish, with season one nearly dooming the show entirely, and season three being, according to some fans, the best television Trek has ever done. Now some would claim that this was the typical “Star Trek always takes time to get good” argument, as Picard underwent three distinct and different showrunners from season to season to season.
Not only that, but the star of Picard, and the titular character, Patrick Stewart himself admitted to having certain conditions in place for the series. All of which were abandoned by season three. Yet, despite the very well-received third season, the fandom as a whole is still lukewarm on the series, and seeing anything else come about.
Yet, Stewart, himself, wouldnt change a thing, telling Gold Derby;
"It was in every sense, an extraordinary experience. And although I had serious doubts to begin with, at the end, I regretted nothing."
Star Trek: Picard started badly but ended as well as one could hope
Nostalgia doesn’t keep well in pop culture. Just look at Star Wars. Picard won’t be remembered the same in 10 years as it is today, as it’ll mostly be seen as a cash grab to try and recapture the magic of the Next Generation. Which is what it was. Maybe with different showrunners or a different premise the entire show, and not just the last season, would have been a monumental hit, and one that would transcend Trekdom as a whole.
Yet, for Stewart to know that he single-handily nerfed the show’s reputation with his adamant desires to not wear a suit or be part of Starfleet, and then say he had no regrets, has me a bit gobsmacked.
He knew the first season wasn’t well-received, which is why season two focused so much on the return of Q, the showrunners knew that they had to do things differently. It was even more evident when season three went into production that there was a right and wrong way to do a Star Trek show, and Stewart wanted to do it the wrong way.
Talk about a waste of potential.