Last week we reported on comments from Colm Meaney expressing that he was skeptical about the idea of a return to his character of Miles O’Brien. However, in a new interview the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine star sounds a bit more open to the idea, under certain conditions.
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While Colm Meaney has been doing the rounds promoting his latest film Pixie, he’s been getting questions about whether he would reprise his role of Chief Miles O’Brien. He told CBR last week he felt like “seven years in space was long enough,” referring to his seven seasons on Deep Space Nine, adding “you’re always a bit loathe to go back.” He told Collider that he has nostalgia for the character and the idea of returning but was “generally reluctant” at the idea.
But in both interviews, he didn’t entirely rule it out. Now in a new interview with Looper, the actor lays out what it would take for him to return:
“If there’s a good and valid reason for him to pop up, and it makes dramatic sense and all that, yeah.”
Meaney has spent the decades after his time in space working consistently, playing many complicated characters in film and television, including starring in the AMC series Hell on Wheels. During his post-Trek career, Meaney has won two and been nominated for three Irish Film and Television Awards. It sounds like an interesting storyline for O’Brien might be enough to get him to get over his previously stated skepticism.
In addition to a good script, he also told Looper it would be an opportunity to catch up with an old friend:
“If there was an opportunity for O’Brien to show up, sure. I’d be happy. I’m very fond of Patrick. It would be lovely to see him, lovely to work with him again.”
In addition to his seven years on Deep Space Nine, Meaney appeared as a guest star in 52 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, starting with the pilot. He last appeared together with Sir Patrick Stewart when he was brought back for the TNG finale “All Good Things.”
In all of these interviews, Meaney said he isn’t aware of any ongoing discussions to bring back O’Brien, so this is a theoretical discussion for now. Production on the Picard‘s second season began last month, so if there was interest in Meany he would likely know by now. And there are already indications that season two will bring a number of familiar faces with Whoopi Goldberg confirmed to be reprising her role as Guinan, along with indications that LeVar Burton (Geordi), John de Lancie (Q), Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher), and Brent Spiner (Dr. Altan Soong) could also appear. But there’s always season three!
Meaney’s latest project is the crime comedy Pixie, in which he stars alongside Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack, and Alec Baldwin.
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