After his summer stint as a guest host for Jeopardy!, LeVar Burton has now moved on, recently announced as the host of a new game show based on Trivial Pursuit. In a new profile in Rolling Stone, the veteran actor talks about the moment he has been having in 2021, and he also talks about his past and possible future on Star Trek.
Geordi on Picard “plausible”
Since April 2020 LeVar Burton has been suggesting a return as Geordi LaForge on Star Trek: Picard. Earlier this year the actor confirmed he will not appear in season two (which has now completed production), but again said a future appearance was reasonable to “assume.” Now speaking to Rolling Stone, Burton now seems a bit less sure when asked about a return to his Star Trek: The Next Generation character:
I’m not psychic. Look, I love Star Trek. I love my castmates. Here’s what I will say about Picard: I do believe that whatever else is going on in his life, in the storytelling that they’re engaging in now, he still knows these people. It is certainly feasible, if not plausible, that they should show up at some point during this current adventure. We’ll see.
The third season of Picard has been in production since early September. If Burton were to be part of season three he would likely know by now. And while it is possible, there is no indication yet the series will continue after three seasons.
Geordi’s TNG (lack of) romance storyline “insulting”
The interview turned to his time on Star Trek: The Next Generation where he described Geordi’s VISOR as “iconic,” pointing out “that young people, male and female, put headbands over their eyes and play Geordi La Forge, is proof positive that it is an iconic image.” But when asked what he would like to see changed about the character, Burton was definitive, saying, “He’d get laid.” When it was pointed out that it was weird how Data the android got more action than Geordi, Burton didn’t hold back, saying:
Weird? It’s insulting. Whether they are aware of it or not, those white men who wrote the show had an unconscious bias that was on display to me and to other people of color. Their blind spot is revealed in the fact that a Black man never was successful at one of the basic and most … My wife says, “There’s a lid for every pot.” It’s true. The idea that Geordi never found a lid for his pot is ludicrous. It’s preposterous, and it’s insulting.
Burton specifically felt the storyline where Geordi had a holographic romance with a copy of the real Dr. Leah Brahms (“Booby Trap“) was problematic:
And that’s part of the problem, right? In their attempts to be cute, they inadvertently created an aspect of Geordi’s character that is very uncomfortable.
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