Star Trek: Picard has featured a number of franchise vets joining Sir Patrick Stewart, with more on the way in season two. But it looks like one Voyager star got away from them.
We almost had Paris
Star Trek: Voyager’s Jeri Ryan was one of the Trek vets to join Star Trek: Picard in season one and she is back in season two as Seven. Now her Voyager co-star Robert Duncan McNeill is revealing that he almost joined her, telling the Primitive Culture podcast he has been talking to producers of the show about appearing in both seasons:
I did talk to [showurnner] Terry Matalas about Picard season two. And he and I’ve had a few conversations recently, and we kind of reconnected which has been great. And Terry had talked about bringing me over there as a director or as an actor bringing Tom Paris. But it’s really been about schedule. So I’d love to do Picard. I actually loved I loved that first season. And they asked me to do an episode of Picard [in] the first season as an actor to play Tom Paris… I wasn’t available.
McNeill also talked about how we would have seen Paris in Picard in season one:
It wasn’t a big sequence of scenes. It was a couple of scenes with Patrick. I think it was just like viewscreen or maybe it was in his office or something. It wasn’t a lot. They were trying to work it out so it wasn’t a lot so the schedule might work, but it didn’t pan out.
And apparently, talks have continued with the new showrunner, but McNeill’s schedule continues to get in the way:
Terry’s brought that up as well on Picard season two. They’ve been trying to figure that out. I just finished up on Turner & Hooch and I’m right back into Resident Alien, so probably won’t happen… I’d love it.
Would really like to direct new Trek
As noted by McNeill, he is currently an executive producer and director for Syfy’s Resident Alien and the Disney+ series Turner & Hooch, so he is quite busy. He got his start working behind the camera on Star Trek, directing eight episodes across Voyager and Enterprise. And McNeill did say that he would be interested in finding a way to direct one of the Paramount+ Star Trek series:
I would love to get involved. When Discovery was first coming together, I know there was some conversations about me directing on that show early on, but I tend to spend most of my time producing now. And when I’m producing I’m on a show kind of full-time. And I wasn’t available when they were figuring out their first round of directors. And ever since then the stars haven’t aligned.
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