Even before Star Trek: Picard wrapped up its third and final season in April, the buzz had been growing about the possibility of a spinoff series which showrunner Terry Matalas envisioned as “Star Trek: Legacy.” The fan buzz has been amplified by the people who worked on the third season, including the Next Generation actors—led by Jonathan Frakes, who has spoken openly about his optimism for Legacy. In the latest official Star Trek Explorer magazine, Frakes lays out how he sees the setup for the show (if it moves forward) and his role in it.
In the interview, Jonathan Frakes was asked about how Picard ended with respect to Will Riker’s marriage with Deanna Troi. The actor and director used that as a jumping-off point to talk about where he would like to see Riker go next:
“The Rikers’ marriage is back on track. In my mind, for the show to be able to move forward, Riker would be a captain and have his ship, or he would be promoted to admiral and be a liaison. I’m only half-kidding when I say it would be great for me if the show carries on and I’m like Charlie from Charlie’s Angels. They’d have to come to my office one day a week for a meeting with Riker. That’d be perfect. Then I could direct a bunch of the episodes and be around the show.”
Frakes has directed for all the new live-action Star Trek shows, including two episodes of season 3 of Picard. In a late 2022 interview with TrekMovie, he talked about his hope to work even more closely with executive producer Terry Matalas if a Picard spinoff ever moved forward, saying “I would love to be involved with him as an executive producer, certainly. And I really like working with Terry. I would love to have the producing director role like [Olatunde Osunsanmi] has for Discovery.”
In the new Star Trek Explorer, Frakes also revealed how he sees the setup for the Picard spin-off:
“I suspect if it does go forward, it would be Jeri Ryan, Michelle Hurd, and Ed Speelers, who’s now in Starfleet, and Mica Burton and Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut, who played Geordi’s daughters. I would also imagine Lulu Wilson, who played the Rikers’ daughter in season 1 and was so fabulous, could be a part of it. She should come back and maybe be in Starfleet. It feels to me like there’s a real opportunity for three of the legacy characters’ children to carry on and sort of be the next Star Trek: The Next Generation. It just feels like it’s laid out there. It’s the blueprint for the next phase.”
The season 1 episode “Nepenthe” featured Lulu Wilson as Kestra Troi-Riker.
Terry Matalas has made his interest in doing a Picard follow-up clear; however, he has also been clear that there is no active Star Trek: Legacy project in the works, nor have there even been any discussions. As of now the only development projects that have been given a greenlight by Paramount+ are the Section 31 streaming movie starring Michelle Yeoh and the Star Trek: Starfleet Academy series. During the five-month WGA strike, any discussions for the development of any projects were not allowed; in a TrekMovie interview last week, Picard production designer Dave Blass noted how the end of the strike gave CBS and Paramount an opportunity to move forward with Terry Matalas and the Legacy project, saying: “Hopefully they do that because he deserves the opportunity to do another series. But if he doesn’t get that offer soon, he’s going to be gone because everyone in the world saw what he did. ”
More in Star Trek Explorer #8
Star Trek Explorer #8 is on newsstands now in the USA and will arrive on October 12 in the UK and Ireland. In addition to the interview with Jonathan Frakes, there are interviews with Picard star Ed Speleers, Picard production designer David Blass, Strange New Worlds star Celia Rose Gooding, and Strange New Worlds and Prodigy composer Nami Melamud. There are also exclusive short stories from David Mack and Keith R.A. Candido and much more. You can find the issue on newsstands and comic book stores. You can also subscribe and buy issues directly from Titan.
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