Robert Picardo, Star Trek Voyager’s lovable Holodoctor, seems to have a nuanced view of Star Trek under the command of JJ Abrams. According to an interview from Trek Magazine (via SciFi Pulse) the actor seems to be supportive of Abrams helming the franchise, but isn’t too sure he likes that rumored prequel idea.
Look they’ve re-launched the Batman franchise and that worked out. I’ve heard that they may re – launch the franchise with a story about Kirk and Spock as younger guys, back in the day, but I don’t know whether that’s the way to go because it seems to remove some of the jeopardy to know what happens in the future. On the other hand, they did kill off Spock four times and bring him back to life. I lost count!
I think Abrams is a great guy to re-launch the franchise,…and I’m sure whatever they choose to do will be good. Mission: Impossible III, I felt, was a very well – crafted movie. He’s a great writer and had a golden touch. I think that anything that keeps the franchise alive and that revitalizes it is a good thing. It’s good for the future of the franchise and it’s good for the earlier incarnations as well. It’s good for everybody.
These views seem a bit more moderate than those of some his TNG colleagues like Marina Sirtis and Michael Dorn. Many dismiss their views as sour grapes, but Picardo (except for a brief Cameo in ‘Star Trek First Contact’) wasn’t really part of the TNG film series. More excepts, including his views on Voyager and Enterprise at SciFi Pulse
NOTE: SciFi Pulse attributes these quotes to Star Trek Magazine, however they do not appear in our copy of Issue 2 of Star Trek Magazine which arrived yesterday. It is possible they are in the UK edition.