Star Trek: Legacy Dreams Are Dying

By Charlene Badasie | Published

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Star Trek: Legacy, the series that was supposed to be a Star Trek: Picard spinoff, will likely be shelved even though the latter laid the groundwork for new stories in its Season 3 finale. Despite the proposed series grabbing the attention of fans, actors involved in various Star Trek shows have cast doubt on the project, citing disruptions from the Hollywood strikes and financial constraints.

Michael Dorn Has No Idea What’s Going On With Legacy

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Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis recently discussed Star Trek: Legacy, saying that no one really knows what’s going on. “I don’t think that people have a clue what’s going to happen. I really don’t,” Dorn told TrekMovie. “I think that they look at something, and they may have thought of a thought of it as a send-off for us, and then something happens, and they go, ‘You know what, maybe we should continue.'”

Marina Sirtis Thinks The Project Is Dead

Sharing the sentiment about Star Trek: Legacy, Sirtis added that she doesn’t believe it’s going to continue. “I think if we were going to continue, they would have ridden on the success of Picard,” the actress explained. “Do you know what I mean? And then come on the back of that, and they didn’t. So I’m not sure that it’s going to continue.”

John de Lancie Cast Doubt, But Still Has Grand Visions For Q

While John de Lancie also harbors doubts about the realization of Star Trek: Legacy, he hasn’t shied away from sharing his thoughts about how his iconic Q character could play a role in the potential spinoff. De Lancie envisions Q making intermittent appearances precisely when the show’s characters find themselves dealing with philosophical dilemmas.

De Lancie believes Q could be a disrupter designed to push boundaries while facilitating learning experiences for the potential ensemble cast of Star Trek: Legacy. According to him, the character’s effectiveness within the Star Trek universe is maximized when it engages with big issues that affect the overall story.

There’s Still Hope

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While the various Star Trek actors make some excellent points, Star Trek: Legacy isn’t completely dead just because Paramount and CBS didn’t immediately capitalize on the success of Star Trek: Picard. The contemporary franchise is working on a Section 31 movie, a third season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and the fifth season of Star Trek: Lower Decks.

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy is also in the works. Aimed at a younger audience, the project will be overseen by Gaia Violo. In March 2023, Paramount+ gave the green light, with production on the series expected to begin in 2024. Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau have taken on the roles of showrunners, and Violo has now assumed executive producer duties.

The Star Trek Series That Needs To Happen

Discussions about creating a Star Trek: Picard spinoff began in early 2022 when series creator Akiva Goldsman said aspects of the series could be explored in a spinoff. Executive producer Terry Matalas shared his interest in extending the story. By May 2022, fans began advocating for a spinoff featuring Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine and Michelle Hurd as Raffi.

Matalas not only endorsed but actively championed the Star Trek: Legacy idea, which both actresses expressed interest in. In November, Jonathan Frakes mentioned the series had the perfect setup for a new story that focused on the next generation. Gates McFadden was also enthusiastic about the Next Generation cast continuing their roles after the third season.

Executive producer of the Star Trek franchise, Alex Kurtzman, has taken note of the fans’ hopes for Star Trek: Legacy to become a reality. The online petition “Make Star Trek: Legacy with Terry Matalas as Showrunner!” has collected over 64,000 signatures. Given the historical influence of similar campaigns on the development and rescue of other Star Trek projects, fan efforts might not be in vain.