The new series Star Trek: Picard has brought in a few of Sir Patrick Stewart’s Star Trek: The Next Generation co-stars in season one, including Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes. Season two is currently in production, and there are more TNG stars on the way, including Whoopi Goldberg and John de Lancie. However, earlier in the year Michael Dorn told TrekMovie he didn’t expect to appear in season two, and we recently learned that LeVar Burton won’t either. And now TrekMovie has confirmed with Gates McFadden that she is also not going to be part of season two, and she has some thoughts on that.
Next week Gates McFadden launches her brand new InvestiGates podcast featuring intimate conversations with her friends from Star Trek. TrekMovie had a chance to talk to Gates about the new audio endeavor, her involvement with the upcoming History Channel Trek docuseries, and her time with TNG. The full interview will be available to listen to on Friday on our weekly podcast All Access Star Trek, which also includes a brief discussion about the possibility of McFadden appearing in Star Trek: Picard.
In our last interview with the actress in June 2020, she told us there was a “good chance” she would reprise her role as Dr. Beverly Crusher in season two of Picard, revealing she had already been speaking to the show’s producers. However, speaking to TrekMovie this week, McFadden confirmed season two is not going to happen, saying:
I’m not in the second season. I’m sad that I’m not. Things have changed a lot on different levels. So I have no idea at this point. I’m disappointed because it would have been so much fun to just work with those people. But we’ll see. I have no idea. I wish I could tell you.
McFadden didn’t express the same optimism as LeVar Burton recently did when saying that even though he won’t be in season two of Picard, he still expects to show up on the series, presumably in season three. And that could be sooner than we think as we recently learned Picard is shooting seasons two and three back to back, at least according to John de Lancie.
Throughout Star Trek: The Next Generation there was a romantic subtext between Beverly Crusher and Jean-Luc Picard. The series finale even showed a possible future where the two had been married (and divorced). Speaking to TrekMovie, McFadden talked about how she liked playing this aspect of Crusher:
I think that there was a chemistry between us. I can’t speak for Patrick, but I really loved playing scenes with his character. In the first season when we did the episode “The Naked Now,” that was the audition scene that I did for Star Trek. So she’s free and she’s coming on to him and he’s coming on to her. I loved that that was underneath. There was something so wonderful about these two people who were usually very serious.
As for where she sees Beverly and Jean-Luc’s relationship at the end of the 24th century, McFadden told TrekMovie’s podcasters she is open to ideas, saying:
It could be any number of things. I think by then people are living so much longer. And I know that when there’s people in your past that you loved, you kind of always loved them. And yet you’re not going to be with them, but there’s history, there’s background. Or the same can be true in reverse, people you couldn’t stand and maybe things have changed.
I think a lot about time and ponder on it. And what is time? Is it just this construct that we’ve put on something we don’t understand? And people in the Next Gen century, they lived a lot longer. And they could choose to change their appearances in ways that we can’t yet do. I don’t know, I think there’s a lot of possibilities. I wouldn’t want to limit something in a sort of soap opera way. But I think there’s a tremendous amount of possibilities that could happen. But that’s me. And I’m not not a writer on the show.
More from Gates on Friday with All Access Star Trek podcast
Check back on Friday for the full interview with Gates McFadden on TrekMovie’s All Access Star Trek podcast where we learn a lot more about her new podcast and The Center Seat docuseries. She also offers some frank views on her time on Star Trek: The Next Generation and the TNG movies too.
InvestiGates arrives May 12
Gates McFadden’s new podcast InvestiGates will be available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podbean, Amazon Music and more starting May 12th. You can check out a preview clip from the episode featuring LeVar Burton below.
Keep up with all the Star Trek: Picard news and analysis at TrekMovie.com.