There are still eight more episodes to go in the third season of Star Trek: Picard, which has been crafted to be the final season for the series and a send-off for the Next Generation characters. However, many of those actors still see a future beyond Picard for their characters, including star Sir Patrick Stewart and his season 3 wingman, Jonathan Frakes.
The unfinished business of season 3
In a wide-ranging profile for Emmy Magazine, Stewart and Frakes talked about season 3 of Picard and gave some background on the process of bringing in the Next Gen characters, with Frakes talking about how each actor worked with showrunner Terry Matalas:
It was exhausting, but it was worth it. These weren’t twenty-minute chats, but hours and hours. And Terry delivered the most exciting and ambitious season of Trek in decades, in terms of the density of character and the emotionality. Thank God for some of the levity that he infused into it!
Speaking to that emotionality, Stewart offered a hint of what is to come for Jean-Luc later in the season:
He loses control of himself at one point. I don’t think he has ever been this angry.
Stewart also talked about why he supported the idea of picking up on the story between Beverly and Jean-Luc with the introduction of their son Jack:
It always felt like unfinished business between them. I had been uneasy at the idea of a sentimental family story. But of course, it was more complex than that, as these things invariably are in life. The idea was in a context I felt I could support.
A season finale setting up their next Trek
Stewart also talks about the season finale and opportunities beyond:
I’m not entirely sure that we said everything by the end of season 3 of Picard. The last episode is terrific— it’s full of love and affection and joy and respect. But there remain unanswered questions, and it might be a good idea to look at Jean-Luc Picard one more time in a different atmosphere, and then wrap him up with certainty.
Frakes is more explicit, picking up the idea of a spin-off suggested by Terry Matalas…
Frakes imagines a ship where the characters of Picard would serve together (and with the family ties, there would be ample room for more legacy appearances): Jeri Ryan’s Seven of Nine as the captain, Michelle Hurd’s Raffi as first officer, Jack Crusher on the bridge, Geordi’s daughter Sydney “Crash” La Forge at the helm and Riker and Troi’s daughter Kestra graduating from Starfleet Academy.
“I could be like Charlie in Charlie’s Angels, the admiral they check in with,” Frakes suggests.
The third and final season of Picard premiered on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., and Latin America, and on February 17 Paramount+ in Europe and elsewhere, with new episodes of the 10-episode-long season available to stream weekly. It also debuted on Friday, Feb. 17 internationally on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories. In Canada, it airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.
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