The upcoming new season of Star Trek: Picard is all set to usher in more characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation- Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan and Jon de Lancie as Q- and giving TNG fans something to look forward to. But at the same time, many expected stars from the former series and its films are not going to make an appearance. Jonathan Frakes (who appeared in Season 1), Michael Dorn and LeVar Burton were already out. And now, Gates McFadden, who played the famous character of Dr. Beverly Crusher has confirmed that she is not going to appear in season 2 of the Paramount+ series.
In a chat with TrekMovie, Gates McFadden shared that despite fans demanding her character of Crusher appearing in Season 2 of Star Trek: Picard, it is not going to happen. She added that the fact that she wasn’t added to the second season makes her sad as it would have been a trip down memory lane and just pure fun to work with the cast. And right now, as the production of Season 2 is in full swing and also because “things have changed a lot on different levels” she has no idea whether she would be getting the call to join the cast in the future seasons.
While it was never explicitly stated, throughout the seven seasons of Star Trek: Next Generation (in which Gate McFadden appeared in all seasons except the second), many viewers felt that there existed a romantic undercurrent to Beverly Crusher and Jean-Luc Picard’s interactions. Even McFadden shared that she thinks there was a chemistry between the characters. This coupled with the fact that Crusher is still deemed as one of the best characters of the Star Trek franchise should have been enough for her inclusion in Season 2 of Star Trek: Picard.
But it doesn’t mean Gates McFadden has lost hope for Crusher. She is still open to new ideas that would make it possible for her character to be a part of Picard. In her chat with TrekMovie, she pondered how characters in The Next Generation lived longer, change their appearances, and a lot many other ways Crusher could continue to exist in the series’ universe.
Gates McFadden not being included in the series would come as a shocker to her fans as just last year, during her appearance for a GalaxyCon virtual panel, she had shared that there is a good chance that she will be tapped to appear on Star Trek: Picard season two.
Gates McFadden is not alone in her disappointment over not being a part of Picard. TNG star Michael Dorn, who played Worf, and Will Wheaton, who was seen as Beverly Crusher’s son Wesley in the series, have also shared how dismayed they are that despite them expressing their willingness to be a part of the Paramount+ series, they have not been added to the guest stars cast.
But never say never! Who knows, maybe by the time the filming of Season 3 begins, the showrunners could decide that it is finally time to usher in Picard’s love interest.