Since it first became known that Star Trek: Picard would wrap up after three seasons there has been talk about a potential spin-off. This includes the idea being openly advocated by showrunner Terry Matalas and supported by members of the cast including Jeri Ryan and Michelle Hurd. And members of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast who are joining the series in season three are getting in on the action as well.
Sirtis and McFadden look to fans to support spin-offs
On Friday Marina Sirtis responded to a fan on Twitter saying he wanted to see spin-offs from Star Trek: Picard saying the “legacy” actors would “love to continue,” but that it would take the support of fans to make it happen.
You, as the audience, have the power to make that happen. We #Legacy actors, as they now call us ( because old codgers is just rude) would love to continue but only your voices can make it happen. #Picard https://t.co/RaGdaYvVSn
— Marina Sirtis (@Marina_Sirtis) October 14, 2022
Her call for the fans to back more from the TNG cast was immediately backed up by co-star Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher), who said on Twitter “I’m in if the fans are in!”
I’m in if the fans are in! https://t.co/Nt6AhV11ce
— Gates McFadden (@gates_mcfadden) October 14, 2022
And on Saturday she reinforced her message on how fans should let Paramount (and Picard showrunner Terry Matalas) know about their desires for a spin-off with the TNG cast.
— Gates McFadden (@gates_mcfadden) October 15, 2022
And they are not alone, last weekend Jonathan Frakes shared the trailer for Picard, with a little correction to Paramount+ to say this season is “maybe not the final” voyage of the TNG crew.
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) October 9, 2022
And during the panel Frakes, Sirits, and McFadden supported Patrick Stewart’s call for another TNG movie, with Brent Spiner responding:
Brent Spiner: As long as Paramount+ are here, I wouldn’t mind having my own series.
While Paramount+ has yet to make any hints about any spin-offs, they continue to promote the reunion of the TNG crew in season three. Here is another video they just released showing some behind-the-scenes at New York Comic Con last weekend.
— Star Trek on Paramount+ (@StarTrekOnPPlus) October 14, 2022
Season 3 is built for a spin-offs
Looking to fans to build support for a spin-off has strong precedent evidenced by the launch of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds earlier this year, even though before Anson Mount’s Captain Pike appeared in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery Paramount had already announced the development of a different “Section 31” spin-off with Michelle Yeoh, which has still not got a series commitment.
In a recent interview with TrekMovie, Picard showrunner Terry Matalas cited how the fans made Strange New Worlds happen, and he hopes that happens with Picard and he is ready to work on a spin-off if Paramount+ asks. He also revealed that even though season three is being built as a “sendoff” for the TNG crew, he has also made room for a potential continuation of their stories:
By the end of this, there are things you’re going to say, “Gosh, I really want to watch this legacy character.” I like an ending that promises more… It definitely could be a passing of the torch for more.
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