The series finale of Star Trek: Picard wrapped things up nicely, but it also set up what could be a spin-off show. In a series of interviews, Picard showrunner Terry Matalas has talked about his hopes for this “Star Trek: Legacy” follow-up show, and Alex Kurtzman weighs in on the fan enthusiasm for it.
Making room for Legacy?
Even though the Picard finale set up what could be a spin-off series, Terry Matalas has made it clear in a number of interviews that there is no current development work happening on Star Trek: Legacy. He outlined how the show would have to fit into a pretty full (and expensive) Star Trek slate for Paramount+, telling SFX Magazine:
These shows are expensive to make. They currently have two shows, with Strange New Worlds and Starfleet Academy [beginning production in 2024] and I think Paramount would have to financially justify a third one. I think the way they look at it is that they’re well-stocked. So unless fans can convince them otherwise, that’s certainly the point of view at the moment.
Matalas talked to CinemaBlend about how the head of Star Trek for Paramount+ has a plan for the franchise:
I think Alex [Kurtzman] has a plan for the Star Trek universe and I think he has to figure out how all these things play out, right? I don’t think he wants to rush into anything. He’s got two great [live-action] shows happening right now, Strange New Worlds and Starfleet Academy, and the Section 31 movie. So, you know, they’re pretty well stocked. At the same time, I think there’s a demand for this. I would say the fans should be loud and tell the world what they want. And maybe one day we’ll be able to do it…The fans are heard, but they should keep doing their thing.
Kurtzman not rushing into Legacy
Even with all the planned Star Trek projects, Matalas told Variety that he and Kurtzman are still talking about the spin-off idea:
Alex and I talk all the time. If it’s something that’s going to be done, we want to make sure we don’t rush into it. We want to make sure we do it right. That’s where we’re at with it, I say coyly. At the moment, there’s nothing developed on it. But we talk all the time.
For his part, Kurtzman made it clear the door to Star Trek: Legacy is open, telling Fox LA:
Anything is possible. We’ve heard the fans loud and clear. There’s obviously more story to tell. So, we’ll see.
The #StarTrekLegacy hashtag has only grown since the series finale, and a fan petition calling for the show is approaching 30,000, which is the same level of support seen by the petition calling for a Captain Pike/USS Enterprise show after the Discovery season 2 finale in 2019.
Legacy would pick up right after the Picard finale
The season finale showed Captain Seven of Nine starting a new mission on the USS Enterprise-G (the rechristened USS Titan). Speaking to Collider, Matalas said that is where he would want to pick things up in Star Trek: Legacy:
I think I would want it right there with them. I think the idea of Captain Seven, Jack Crusher, Raffi as Number One, the La Forge sisters, and Esmar and [Mura], I would love to see the crew of that Enterprise out there as the next generation, mixed in with a lot of these legacy characters again. I think that they’ve never been better and more interesting.
The finale also included a mid-credits scene featuring John de Lancie as Q to have a quick chat with Jack Crusher. Terry Matalas spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the Q/Jack scene and how it sets up Jack’s story for the Legacy show, saying “Oh yes, I do” when asked if he has a specific plan for the future of this character. Matalas also told EW:
Jack’s got a lot to do, let me tell you.
And what about Captain Shaw? Apparently being killed off in episode 9 isn’t stopping Matalas, who told SFX Magazine “[W]e do have plans for a Shaw character – specifically Todd Stashwick – to be a part of Legacy.
Legacy would add characters from Voyager, DS9… with TNGers returning too
But it’s not just about Jack and the new characters. Speaking to Fox LA, Matalas discussed what characters he would like to see in Legacy:
It’s about Seven of Nine. It’s about Jack Crusher. It’s about the La Forge sisters. It’s about what else is going on in the galaxy with the Deep Space Nine characters and the rest of the Voyager characters… Honestly, some of these [TNG characters], I’m not ready to say goodbye to. I think in a lot of ways, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, they’ve never been better. They are at the top of their game and I want to see more.
All of the above-mentioned actors have expressed their interest in returning for a possible Legacy show. And Picard star Patrick Stewart told Variety he would be happy to pop in to check in on his on-screen son Ed Speleers:
…certainly, there is a wonderful future for Ed there, I’m sure of it. And if I can occasionally crop up to offer a little bit of comedy myself, then I shall be happy to do that.
The third and final season of Picard is available exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., and Latin America, Europe and elsewhere. It is also available 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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