Yesterday’s big news was Michael Dorn teasing a return to Star Trek, although it appears it won’t be for the upcoming Star Trek movie or any of the Paramount+ Trek shows. Now one of Dorn’s Star Trek: The Next Generation co-stars has his own cryptic comment about a return to the final frontier.
Maybe Geordi too
LeVar Burton has been publicly lobbying for the hosting gig on Jeopardy! and he has been doing some media interviews to get the word out. While he has been clear on his game show goal, when speaking to Newsweek he got a bit more cryptic when it came to appearing in Star Trek: Picard…
When asked if there could possibly be a Geordi La Forge appearance in season two, Burton said “maybe.”
“I mean I think the time period of Picard is contemporaneous,” he said.
The actor also told Newsweek “it would be fun to revisit [Geordi] now and again,” but he isn’t interested in going back to playing the character as a series regular.
Burton actually has set up an expectation for Geordi’s return in Picard by telling ET last April that he had been talking to producers of the series, and predicting all the TNG characters would show up on the new Trek show starring Sir Patrick Stewart at some point. But he did say he didn’t expect all of them “at the same time.”
In his new interview with Newsweek Burton pointed to how Star Trek: Picard handled bringing back two of his TNG co-stars in season one as a model for success:
“I think they’ve successfully done that. And I know that for the first season, there was a strong desire to not continually have people reference back to Next Gen… I think that they’re well aware of how successful having Jonathan [Frakes] and Marina [Sirtis] in season one was.”
Burton was actually on the Picard set—along with Michael Dorn—with Frakes and Sirtis when they reprised their roles in the episode “Nepenthe.”
Paramount+ has already confirmed that Brent Spiner will be returning in season two (presumably playing Dr. Altan Soong) and John de Lancie will appear as Q. It has also been previously reported that Whoopi Goldberg will reprise her TNG role of Guinan, but that hasn’t been officially confirmed by Paramount+.
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