In addition to talking about why he put James T. Kirk’s body in Daystrom Station, Star Trek: Picard showrunner Terry Matalas spent time during his Inglorious Treksperts GalaxyCon panel talking about how season 3 will end and how it sets up what he hopes will be a new spin-off series.
Giving the TNG crew their Star Trek VI ending… without the signatures
When it was first announced that the Star Trek: The Next Generation crew was reuniting for the third season of Picard, Matalas said one of his motivations was to give them a “proper sendoff” akin to the one the TOS crew had in the 1991 film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. In his GalaxyCon chat, Matalas offered insight into how he sees a parallel in the way season 3 ends:
[Star Trek VI] really does have a feeling of finality to it. You do feel like at any moment, these characters might die. So the stakes are quite high. And again, it does a lot right for James T. Kirk… At the end of [Picard] season 3, it’s narratively right in that it closes a lot of narrative loops.
Even though he sees Star Trek VI as a model for season 3, there is one element he isn’t using. The Undiscovered Country ended with the cast’s signatures; when asked if he would do the same, Matalas explained why he wouldn’t:
No, because of Avengers: Endgame. [Marvel producer] Kevin Feige is one of the biggest Star Trek fans out there and he did it brilliantly in Avengers: Endgame and I felt like I can’t do it… But I think we do something quite nice, I will say. I think you will feel good.
Season 3 passes the torch for Star Trek: Legacy
As we previously reported, Matalas has pitched an idea he calls “Star Trek: Legacy” that would continue on the story after season 3 with a combination of new and legacy cast members. At GalaxyCon, he confirmed that no work is currently happening for this concept but again reiterated how season 3 sets up another show:
Look, I love this time period in Star Trek, the 25th century. I always view it as the present day in Star Trek, for me. It’s where we all left off. And the way we leave this season is a passing of the torch from the last generation to the next… I would certainly love [the spin-off] to happen. We certainly leave it so that you can do that.
The executive producer also offered some specifics on the kinds of characters and storylines that could be part of Star Trek: Legacy:
Boy, wouldn’t you want to check in with the Klingon Empire? Wouldn’t you want to check in with Deep Space Nine and The Doctor [from Voyager] and everything that went on with the Berman-verse? So that’s kind of where I see is to explore the galaxy and sort of get back to the Next Gen roots of storytelling is what I would see as a kind of version of Star Trek I’d like to see, with this group of characters that we’re seeing. I don’t want to talk too much about them although I think you could guess as to who I would like to see. And by the way, I think that includes a great deal of some of these legacy characters who I think have never been better, Jonathan Frakes being one of them… I mean come on, guys, he’s amazing!
When moderator Mark Altman mentioned an earlier panel in which DS9 star Nana Visitor said she is loving the new season, Matalas indicated he would like to revisit the character of Kira Nerys as well:
She’s so good. I mean, gosh you want to see that. You want to see Nana so bad and what’s going on with her and everyone. That would be phenomenal.
Matalas says “be loud”… and watch Picard
When it comes to how fans can make this spin-off happen, Matalas made it clear it wasn’t up to him. When asked what fans could do, he offered some thoughts:
I have no idea what you can do. I think be loud, I guess. I don’t work for Star Trek right now. We are not developing anything. I know that Star Trek came back to life because of the fans. They get to decide. So however you best make noise is however to do it.
Matalas did agree that past techniques like letter-writing campaigns do not work in the new era. He said that one of the best ways for fans to show their support for the spin-off is to watch the show on Paramount+ and to encourage former fans who may have “walked away” from Star Trek to try season 3 of Picard.
If you do want to show your support, one way would be to post or amplify messages on Twitter using the #StarTrekLegacy hashtag. There is also a petition calling for Star Trek: Legacy which has passed 15,000 votes, up 5,000 since we first reported on it 10 days ago. But Paramount+ is a business, which is why Matalas says viewership (and future DVD/Blu-ray sales) will likely be big factors in any decisions about it.
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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