‘The Next Generation’ Cast Returns For ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Season 3

by Erik Amaya

Star Trek: Picard is finally ready for a reunion of the Enterprise-D command staff.

As announced in the video above (via TVLine), the third season of the Paramount+ streaming series will see the return of Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s main cast, which included Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, and Brent Spiner, as their original characters — although, we doubt Spiner will reprise Data as that character literally begged for a release from life in Picard‘s first season. Nevertheless, it will be great to see the others alongside TNG and Picard star Patrick Stewart once again.

In Star Trek‘s fictional reality, it seems Jean-Luc Picard (Stewart) has not convened a gathering of his command staff since Data died (the first time) in Star Trek: Nemesis. Since those days, Picard accepted a promotion to admiral, left the Enterprise, and even left Starfleet itself after the failed attempt to help the Romulan Empire following the destruction of its homeworld. Of course, he has seen some of his shipmates here and there; most notably his visit with William Riker (Frakes) and Deanna Troi (Sirtis) in Season 1 of Picard. Presumably, he has also seen Worf (Dorn), Geordi LaForge (Burton), and Dr. Beverly Crusher (McFadden) in the thirty years since the event of Nemesis, but considering the way Picard has reframed the former Enterprise captain as closed off and in a self-imposed exiled following the Romulan incident, it is possible the other haven’t seen him in a very long time.

Granted, the voiceovers heard in the announcement video suggest warmer feelings about Picard. That said, the current season revolves around the admiral’s emotional distance and a time travel puzzle initiated by Q (John DeLancie). So, perhaps, Picard will feel the need to mend broken friendship once he returns to the 25th Century.

The addition of TNG’s cast leaves us wondering if this means several current Picard cast members will say goodbye at the end of Season 2. Or, perhaps, there is a way to fit both into what is said to be Picard‘s final set of episodes.

Star Trek: Picard streams Thursdays on Paramount+

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