Ever since the third and final season of Star Trek: Picard wrapped up earlier this year fans have been talking about some kind of follow-up or spinoff to the series, and they have been joined in this line of thinking but many of the show’s creatives and stars. The latest to add her voice is Michelle Hurd (Raffi). In the brand new issue of Star Trek Explorer magazine, the actress talks about how season 3 introduced a new character dynamic with Worf that could continue.
Worf and Raffi reunited for Picard spinoff?
Michelle Hurd’s Raffi Musiker was the only new character that made it through all three seasons of Picard. In season 3 Raffi returned to her intelligence operative roots as she was teamed up with Worf (with Michael Dorn reprising his Star Trek: The Next Generation role) as they exposed the Changeling plot against the Federation. In her Explorer interview, Hurd pointed to working with Dorn as a highlight of her time on Picard. For example, she discussed how the two of them developed a special chemistry:
Talk to us about working with Michael…
He’s been an absolute gift. I don’t think the writers knew how well we would get along, how that energy and experience would come across on camera. The thing I do love about our writers and producers is that they can see that and then respond with, “Oh, they’re really working. Let’s see what else we can get out of that.” Honestly, from the moment I first met Michael, I was giddy – of course, because it’s Michael Dorn – but we just clicked, naturally. It wasn’t forced. We became collaborators. We had each other’s back no matter what. It’s been an absolute gift working with him.
Hurd is hoping that she can keep her partnership with Dorn going. She has spoken before about how she is on board for a potential spinoff series to Picard but when asked about this by Explorer she again pivoted to how it could allow for more of the Worf/Raffi dynamic:
How open would you be to playing Raffi again, whether it’s on a Rangers series, or a Raffi/Seven spin-off?
So open. I think that the Worf/Raffi story can be told. There’s so much for us to tell. That kind of energy, that chemistry that we have, it’s tenfold. Also, it’s necessary to see these two individuals on camera again. As a child, to see us represented is incredibly powerful. It’s impactful and necessary. And, of course, throw Seven in there!
Star Trek Explorer #9 out now + Black Friday subscription offer
Star Trek Explorer #9 arrived on Tuesday, November 28 in the USA and Canada (and arrives on December 28 in the UK and Ireland). In addition to Michelle Hurd, there is also a Picard interview with Todd Stashwick. There are also interviews with Kether Donohue (Peanut Hamper from Lower Decks), TOS and TNG star Diana Muldaur, and Strange New Worlds costume designer Bernadette Croft. There is also an unpublished 1993 interview with TOS movie-era executive producer Harve Bennett talking about his Starfleet Academy movie pitch. The issue also includes new original short fiction from Keith R.A. De Candido (Discovery) and Greg Cox (TOS) and much more.
Here are the newsstand and exclusive covers…
You can find the issue on newsstands and comic book stores. You can also subscribe and buy issues directly from Titan. This week they are running a special Black Friday special valid through to November 30, 2023. Save up to 30% off a 4-issues subscription – plus the exclusive digital supplement. (US $24.99 / CANADA $39.99 / Rest of the World $44.99).
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