Once again a member of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation is talking about the upcoming CBS All Access Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart. This time it’s Wil Wheaton who’s geeking out about the new show.
Wheaton totally up for Picard show, but doesn’t expect a call
Speaking last weekend at Baltimore Comic Con, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Wil Wheaton was asked to offer his thoughts on the new Picard show and the first thing the actor did was genuinely express how much he is ready for the show as a fan:
When they announced the Picard series I got excited for Star Trek in a way that I haven’t been since the last season of Deep Space Nine. I got so excited for it because I love Patrick and I love that character. And the Next Gen timeline, which is also the Deep Space timeline, is the timeline that I love the most. It might be cheating a bit because I was part of that timeline so I am emotionally invested in it, but I was a fan before I was part of the show. I am thrilled we are going to get to see what Picard is doing now. I am excited about that.
Recently we reported on how some of Wheaton’s TNG co-stars have said they have not been contacted about appearing in the show, and it appears Wheaton hasn’t either. While he is ready to return to the role of Wesley Crusher, the actor made it clear he isn’t waiting by the phone:
I think it is very unlikely they will ask me to participate in it. I think it is extraordinarily unlikely that will happen. If they did, I would say “yes,” of course. I think all of us would say “yes.” All of us, if we were given the opportunity to put on the spacesuits again and go work together and bring those characters back, as they would be thirty years later, we would all say “yes.”
Wheaton went on to make it clear that he doesn’t think he and his TNG co-stars are looking to cash in as much as they just want to work together again:
I don’t think it is because we want the work. I don’t think it is that we need the money. It is not because we don’t have other things to do. It is because we love each other so much. An opportunity, even for a day, to return emotionally to some of the best times of our lives, I think we would jump at that opportunity.
Of course, Wheaton and the other TNG actors aren’t the only ones talking about appearing in the new show. Other actors have been raising their hands including Rosario Dawson, who speaks a bit of Klingon, and James McAvoy, who suggested playing younger Picard, as he has done with Stewart’s character in the X-Men series of films. It’s likely there are more who have reached out privately to the producers.
While Wheaton’s assessment of the situation is probably correct, it is not unreasonable to imagine his character having an impact on Picard, even 20 years later. Wheaton appeared in Star Trek: Nemesis as Wesley Crusher, who had apparently returned to Starfleet. And of course, Wesley is the son of Beverly Crusher, who has always been a romantic interest of Picard’s. Also, Picard served with Wesley’s father Jack Crusher until his death on the USS Stargazer, which was under the command of Jean Luc-Picard, and this tragedy is something that weighed heavily on Picard.
And Wesley’s connection to the mysterious alien The Traveler and his ability to explore the universe through extraordinary powers could always be something Picard might need to tap into in 2399. Going outside of canon, a deleted scene from Nemesis (which you can watch below) established that Wesley had joined the crew of the USS Titan, under the command of Captain Will Riker, which also opens up possibilities.
Watch: Wheaton talks Picard show at Baltimore Comic Con
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