‘Star Trek: Picard’ May Yet Continue After Season Three
by Erik Amaya
Despite Paramount+ promoting the upcoming third season of Star Trek: Picard as the program’s final run, star Patrick Stewart is open to continuing.
The actor, along with members of the Star Trek: The Next Generation and Picard casts — and executive producers Terry Matalas and Alex Kurtzman — appeared at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Monday. Asked if he would entertain carrying on as Admiral Jean-Luc Picard, Stewart admitted there are still reasons to remain in the Star Trek universe. “If we can maintain the work we did on season 1, 2, and 3, than yes,” he said. “There is still enormous potential in narrative. And there are doors left open.”
Of course, as Matalas subsequently explained, the season still has a theme of finality to it — the missing last ride of the TNG cast following their final feature film together, Star Trek Nemesis. “After Nemesis, there was a want of a final story,” he explained. “[And] how better to end Picard’s personal journey but to bring in his friends and family from TNG [back]?”
The program, up until now, kept the Next Gen cast at bay with a handful making cameo appearances in Seasons 1 and 2. As Stewart explained, there was a fear in bringing all the characters back earlier as it may represent a “three-season reunion” instead of a step forward. “At times, I was wrong about what should be seen in Picard,” he admitted.
According to overall Star Trek boss Alex Kurtzman, finally doing that reunion was Stewart’s idea. “By the time we got to the third season, it reached its logical conclusion,” he added. He also reiterated statements from last year indicating Picard was always envisioned as a three-season long story, but teased “anything is possible” for the future.
Star Trek: Picard returns February 16th on Paramount+