Because of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, no actors attended the Star Trek Universe panel at New York Comic Con.
Only Star Trek producer Alex Kurtzman and Star Trek: Lower Decks creator/showrunner Mike McMahan joined host Joshua Horowitz for the panel, and there wasn’t much news to be revealed. Kurtzman talked about Starfleet Academy being on track as well as the Section 31 movie, and said that the final season of Star Trek: Discovery will be “incredibly satisfying.”
But everything that was discussed, other than Lower Decks coming back for Season 5, has already been discussed. The panel would have been the perfect time for stunning revelations that got the fans talking and excited about what was to come in the franchise. One topic in particular fans were hoping to hear about was Star Trek: Legacy, the spin-off of the third and final season of Star Trek: Picard.
Star Trek: Legacy has been the talk of fans since Star Trek: Picard’s final season.
Screenrant offered that perhaps the most frustrating thing for fans at the panel was the lack of news about Legacy. With a petition that has now reached over 62,000 signatures since it debuted in February, Legacy is the show that most fans want to see.
Over five months ago, Kurtzman told Yahoo! entertainment that the fans had been heard loud and clear and that there was obviously more story [beyond Picard] to be told. Even Terry Matalas said he and Kurtzman talked all the time, but they didn’t want to rush into anything.
At the very least, even if there was nothing to announce, Kurtzman could have addressed the elephant in the room and let fans know that Legacy hadn’t been forgotten. Or, if it’s been decided that the series is not going forward, that could have been shared as well. Yes, it would have been disappointing to fans, but it’s frustrating being kept in the dark.
It’s been nine months since the petition started and even longer since the buzz about a potential spin-off began. After all that time, even factoring in the strikes, some news about the state of the series could have been relayed to fans.