Star Trek: Lower Decks just recently brought back Ensign Sito from a season seven episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Though Shannon Fill, the actress who portrayed Ensign Sito, was brought back in a memory, it was nice to have a sort of tie-up to her character. And this is something that opens up a door of exponential possibilities for Star Trek, even continuing with the The Next Generation episode “Lower Decks.”
Whatever happened to Lt. Sam Lavelle? He was cocky and arrogant, but Ensign Sito’s death really took a toll on him. What kind of officer did that make him? And this is just the beginning.
Star Trek created so many characters who weren’t further explored.
And while we all know every series needs fill-in characters, some are given significant time onscreen, and then we’re left not knowing what happened to them. By returning to some of these characters, Trek has a plethora of script ideas, and there are some people we ‘d just like to catch up with or to know what happened to them at the very least.
Star Trek: Picard brought back a one-episode character in Admiral Shelby, and though her ending was gruesome and unnecessary, we learned that she had achieved her dream of rising above. She’d even made Admiral before Riker, which was something she clearly wanted when she told him that he was “in her way.”
Star Trek: Prodigy brought back Thadiun Okona from The Next Generation’s “The Outrageous Okona,” and we weren’t surprised to learn that he hadn’t changed much from his original character. But it was nice to see him again and to know he was still just as outrageous.
There were so many excellent episodes of Trek that introduced memorable characters we’d like to hear from again like Soren from the season five episode of The Next Generation “The Outcast,” Amelia Earhart from Star Trek: Voyager’s “The 37s,” or Danera Pel from Voyager’s “Lifesigns.” And the list goes on.
Re-introducing these characters could make the original episodes have an even deeper impact on us fans and maybe even provide closure for those open-ended episodes.