The final scene for Jean-Luc Picard in the series finale of Star Trek: Picard was an homage to the final scene of Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, Sir Patrick Stewart had a very different, and very personal, idea for how Picard should end.
Stewart wanted Picard to end with love
Patrick Stewart’s new memoir (aptly titled Making It So: A Memoir) comes out on Tuesday. Time Magazine posted an excerpt from a chapter covering his time on Star Trek: Picard. When he gets to the third and final season, Stewart reveals that he had a different ending in mind…
The third season came off magnificently. But its final scene, in which the reunited crew is gathered around a table with drinks, sharing a toast, is not how it was originally supposed to end. I had a different idea, which I brought to the writers a few months before we wrapped the series.
“What I’d like to see at the end of the show,” I told them, “is a content Jean-Luc. I want to see Picard perfectly at ease with his situation. Not anxious, not in a frenzy, not depressed. And I think this means that there is a wife in the picture.”
You see, the line between Jean-Luc and me has grown ever more blurred. If I have found true love, shouldn’t he?
The writers came up with a lovely scene. It is dusk at Jean-Luc’s vineyard. His back is to us as he takes in the view, his dog at his side.
Then, off-screen, a woman’s loving voice is heard: “Jean-Luc? Supper’s ready!”
Is it Beverly Crusher’s voice? Laris’s? Someone we don’t know? It isn’t made clear. But Sunny was set to record the lines.
By Sunny, Stewart is referring to Sunny Ozell, his wife since 2013. It appears that Stewart was hoping to make the season finale even more personal, further blurring the line between the character and the actor. Even though Stewart is an executive producer on the show, showrunner Terry Matalas stuck with his original ending which mirrored the final scene from Star Trek: The Next Generation with Jean-Luc joining his friends and crewmates for a game of poker, in this case at Guinan’s Bar in Los Angeles. Matalas always said he wanted the third and final season to be a “proper sendoff” for the TNG cast, and the characters playing a game of poker certainly fits that idea.
While there was something very satisfying about how the series ended for fans of TNG, there is also a logic to Stewart wanting the character to show he was able to make a commitment to a relationship, which was the entire point of the second season. That season ended with him in love with Laris, who also appeared in the first episode of season 3. However, fans may have balked at leaving the ending unclear on whether Jean-Luc Picard settled down with Laris or Beverly Crusher. Of course, after Laris’ exit in episode 1 of season 3, Beverly Crusher was a major character for the final season, including revealing they shared a son, Jack Crusher.
As for Sunny, she actually did make it into the show. In the season 2 episode “Monsters” she played a singer in contemporary Los Angeles. You can that scene below.
Even more of the poker game is on the season 3 DVD/Blu-ray
If you liked the poker game ending, there is an easter egg with a bonus extended version of that scene where Terry Matalas (who also directed the finale) kept the camera rolling. The third and final season of Star Trek: Picard was released on home media on September 5 (see TrekMovie review). You can order the final season of Picard at Amazon on Blu-ray for $31.95. The limited edition Steelbook has sold out and the DVD is currently out of stock. A complete series set with all three seasons is also available at Amazon on Blu-ray for $59.95 and DVD for $49.99.
And if you want even more, Star Trek: The Picard Legacy Collection arrives on November 7th. Described as “the definitive release for Next Generation fans.” The limited edition set includes 54 individually numbered Blu-ray discs and unique packaging that houses every TV series and film featuring Jean-Luc Picard. That includes 7 seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, 3 seasons of Picard, and the 4 TNG feature films along with over 35 hours of special features. This limited set also includes an exclusive edition of The Wisdom of Picard featuring brand new artwork and quotes, along with a one-of-a-kind deck of playing cards, a magnet sheet featuring all of Captain Picard’s badges and four custom Chateau Picard drink coasters.
You can pre-order the Legacy Collection at Amazon for $199.95.
Making It So arrives Tomorrow
Stewart has also just kicked off a book tour with events across the country. Moderators including Whoopi Goldberg and LaVar Burton.
I’m pleased to share the moderators for my #MakingItSo book tour in the US, and sending a sincere thank you to all of you for purchasing tickets. The events are sold out, however, you can still purchase virtual tickets for the conversation in Los Angeles with the great… pic.twitter.com/iGLUa7dtYE
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) September 28, 2023
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