Earlier this week we heard from Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner about the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast returning for Star Trek: Picard season 3. Now LeVar Burton is chiming in and offering a few more details, including an update on Geordi.
Warning: minor Picard season 3 spoilers ahead
Picard is a “gift” for the TNG crew
As he has been promoting the new Reading Rainbow documentary Butterfly in the Sky, LeVar Burton talked a bit about Star Trek: Picard with Yahoo, and confirmed we will see the cast together
We’re all done now and it was an absolute blast. It was so good to be together. I mean, we’re all very, very close anyway. We try to get together once a year for Christmas, but during COVID we weren’t able to do that, so being able to get together at the end of last year and the beginning of this year was really cool for us.
And then to put on our space suits and play these characters again! We all thought the ship had sailed on a conscious goodbye. When me made our last movie, Nemesis in 2002, we expected there to be another one, and then things changed. So this was a great gift to us. This season of Picard is a love poem to Next Generation and we get to see these people that we grew to know and even love at this new point in their lives.
LeVar’s comment about how TNG is being treated is consistent with previous comments, like Marina Sirtis saying they were “cherished” by the Picard team. Showrunner Terry Matalas has made no secret of his love for The Next Generation, with his goal of making season three a “proper send-off” for the characters.
Geordi gets a family
Burton also revealed a little spoiler regarding Geordi La Forge:
It was a lot of fun on so many levels. I also get to work with my kid: my daughter, Mica, plays one of Geordi’s two daughters. So the whole storyline really is about the next generation of The Next Generation in many respects.
Seeing Geordi with a family is something the actor must be very happy about. Burton has been critical of the TNG writers for how they handled Geordi when it came to his relationships with women, calling the engineer’s awkwardness with the opposite sex a “tired trope.” Having Geordi’s daughter played by his daughter Mica, who has hosted a number of recent official Star Trek panels, can only be a big bonus.
Burton also said now he is ready to say goodbye to Geordi:
If I never put a spacesuit on again, I’m good. I feel like I got to put a period at the end of this sentence and close the book. Now if the book opens again, far it be from me to say no! [Laughs] But with all things being equal, I can honestly say — hand on my heart — if I never play Geordi for another moment in my life, I’m good.
There is no official word yet on when season three of Picard will debut, but Brent Spiner recently said it could be February 2023.
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