It’s looking like another Star Trek: The Next Generation star could be headed to Star Trek: Picard.
Ahead of her appearance in for a GalaxyCon virtual panel on Sunday, Gates McFadden talked with TrekMovie about how Beverly Crusher’s character changed over the course of TNG, and not for the better.
The character [had] become matron-like, and it was just weird. I was no longer really the love interest of Picard and that was one of the primary things—I was hired by Gene [Roddenberry] himself as the love interest of Picard. That got changed. And that wasn’t changed by me.
Has she been tapped to appear on Star Trek: Picard season two?
Well, I don’t know. There’s a good chance, let’s put it that way. But I have no contract signed.
And could that relationship factor back in?
I think that Patrick made a decision at some point that he was opening it up to other relationships in our show, and in the movies, certainly. So I can’t imagine that it’s suddenly going to be different, but it doesn’t mean that there’s not a relationship there. Obviously, from our all of our scenes, there is a relationship and that’s great. So who knows? I have no clue, but it would it would be lovely.
When asked if she had put any thought into what Dr. Crusher might be doing 20 years after Nemesis, McFadden didn’t want to get too specific.
I have, but it doesn’t mean anything, because it’s going to be what the writers have… I hate to ever say anything because then I think it kind of jinxes stuff in a way. But I think she definitely would be somebody who was very engaged in the world and trying to make it a better place. I would not see her as somebody retiring. And you know—she obviously raised a kid while she was a full-on command officer, so I think the sky’s the limit in terms of what her life could be. This is the way I feel about my life now. I’m endlessly fascinated with a million things that I would like to study more and do more and get, I find the world is endlessly fabulous with which to engage, so who knows?
If McFadden does show up in the second season of Star Trek: Picard, she will not be the only TNG alumnus who does so. LeVar Burton indicated he was in talks with the show’s producers, and Marina Sirtis recently told TrekMovie she is hoping to return, following her season one appearance with Jonathan Frakes. Frakes is also hoping to come back, possibly as Captain Riker. And both Patrick Stewart and executive producer Akiva Goldsman have strongly hinted that Brent Spiner will be returning as Dr. Alton Soong. But the only confirmed TNG guest actor in season two of Star Trek: Picard so far is Whoopi Goldberg, reprising her role as Guinan.
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