Michelle Hurd is far too optimistic about Star Trek: Legacy's future

The fans wanting something will not be the reason why Star Trek: Legacy happens
TCA Paramount+ “Star Trek: Picard” Panel
TCA Paramount+ “Star Trek: Picard” Panel / Randy Shropshire/GettyImages

Star Trek's parent company is on the verge of being sold, Paramount Global (said company) is in serious debt, layoffs are taking place across the entire company, iconic legacy brands like MTV News were shut down, films are in limbo, the entire filming and production schedule was held up by two separate strikes; and yet people still think "the will of the fans" is enough to make a nine-figure show happen/

Michelle Hurd is parroting a talking point that actually isn't true, saying that if the fans want Star Trek: Legacy, it'll happen. That's not how it has ever worked, least of all when the company that funds your projects can no longer fund them. Speaking to TV Insider, Hurd, who played Raffi on Star Trek: Picard, told the publication that the fans will decide if the show happens, saying;

“I love Raffi. She’s my favorite character. We have hands, fingers, everything’s crossed for Star Trek: Legacy. I know that right now they’re working on Section 31 for Michelle Yeoh. And then they’re going to do Starfleet Academy. That’s going to be a series. And then if the fans still want it, they’ll start working on Star Trek: Legacy.”

Let's ignore the fact that Section 31 went from a series to a streaming film due to the budget being slashed, and let's ignore the fact we've heard nothing about Starfleet Academy in months, let's just look at the fact that the fans want Legacy, and there's no movement on it.

The company is drowning in debt and it's likely we won't see much new Trek content after Section 31, barring a sale to a bigger company that isn't going to eat Paramount Global's assets whole and sell them off.

Sure, there's the chance that the new owners shut down Paramount+ and allow companies like Netflix and Peacock to bid for new and classic Star Trek shows. And in that scenario, Legacy would have a shot of getting picked up, but as long as Paramount+ is the home for new Trek and the company isn't sold, there's next to zero chance that a new Trek show gets made anytime soon.

Not with the debt the company is carrying currently.

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