Alex Kurtzman says he hears fans about their desire for Star Trek: Legacy, but nothing is green lit yet.
After a fan-pleasing Picard season 3 finale, Trekkies are begging Paramount to beam up a Star Trek: Legacy spinoff at warp speed. After all, the Picard finale set up the future of Trek perfectly by showing us a new Enterprise-G commanded by Jeri Ryan’s Seven of Nine. Thankfully, according to Trek Central on Twitter, Alex Kurtzman has “heard the fans loud and clear” and admits there is “more story to tell,” and that “we’ll see” as far as Star Trek: Legacy goes.
However, Picard season 3 showrunner Terry Matalas, the creative force largely responsible for the uptick in quality compared to the first two seasons, has made it clear that Legacy isn’t currently in production. Matalas has stated previously that between Strange New Worlds and the upcoming Starfleet Academy, Paramount would have to justify a Jeri Ryan spinoff financially before it could be put into production. Thankfully the fans just may have made that justification for Paramount.
The #StarTrekLegacy hashtag is growing exponentially on Twitter. Meanwhile, a Change.org petition for Paramount to make Star Trek: Legacy happen with both Jeri Ryan and Terry Matalas aboard has surpassed 30,000 signatures. That’s slightly more than the number of signatures a similar petition demanding a Captain Pike/USS Enterprise spin-off show received back in 2019.
That level of fan support helped lead to Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, one of the most popular Trek shows in a long time. Strange New Worlds is one of the few projects that has gotten acclaim from old-school fans and fans of post-J.J. Abrams era Star Trek alike. Using that metric, it certainly seems like making Legacy with Jeri Ryan would be a good deal for Paramount, monetarily speaking.
As far as where a potential Legacy spinoff would pick up, Matalas would want it to continue directly from the Picard finale. The showrunner said that he would want to see the adventures of Captain Seven (Jeri Ryan), Jack Crusher (Ed Speleers), Raffi (Michelle Hurd), and the two La Forge sisters (Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut and Mica Burton) as they boldly go where no one has gone before. “I would love to see the crew of that Enterprise out there as the next generation, mixed in with a lot of these legacy characters again,” said Matalas (via Collider).
Terry Matalas has also addressed the Picard finale’s mid-credit scene between John de Lancie’s Q and Jack Crusher. “Jack’s got a lot to do, let me tell you,” Matalas said cryptically. The showrunner also claimed to have plans for Captain Shaw despite the character’s apparent death in episode 9 of Picard.
This should be unsurprising to longtime Star Trek fans who have known since 1984’s Star Trek III: The Search for Spock that death isn’t necessarily permanent in Trek.
Jeri Ryan, meanwhile, seems to have thrown her support behind the spinoff becoming a reality. The former Borg drone recently tweeted out a thanks to Terry Matalas and used the #StarTrekLegacy hashtag. The Tweet was in response to another Tweet where a fan had placed the first shot of Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager next to the last shot of Captain Seven from Star Trek: Picard with the caption “How it started, How it’s going.”
With everyone seemingly onboard for Star Trek: Legacy, it’s probably only a matter of time before Paramount makes it so.