Star Trek: Picard Showrunner Says Season 3 Can’t Happen Without Enterprise

Star Trek Picard's showrunner says the new Enterprise-F is important to the upcoming season, but it won't be the focus.

By Jonathan Klotz | Published

From the very first episode of Star Trek, the Enterprise has been a constant, multiple ships have borne the name and with the latest season of Star Trek: Picard, one more can join the list. Den Of Geek reports that the Star Trek Online original vessel, the Enterprise-F, is making the jump from the game to the main canon. The return of the iconic ship, or at least an updated version of it, has fans excited over seeing Captain Jean-Luc Picard back on the bridge that made him a legend.

Star Trek: Picard showrunner Terry Matalas explains the situation by saying “I would caution fans [that the] season does not take place on the Enterprise-F, it is important, I will say, but it’s not the focus of the season.” While on its face that statement may be disheartening, it has been known for awhile that the final season will instead focus on the crew from The Next Generation, picking up years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. It may not take place on the bridge of the Enterprise, but seeing classic characters reunite on the bridge of the Titan, a Neo-Constitution class ship, will still be exciting after 20 years away.

While the Enterprise won’t be the focus, it remains important to the plot, opening up the potential for the season villain, Vadic, played by Amanda Plummer, to maybe take command of the vessel. Exactly who Vadic is, how she’s involved, and her relationship to Picard is currently unknown, but given the events of the prior seasons, the answer is sure to be tied to the past of Patrick Stewart’s character. The actual focus of the show will be the returning crew, some of which have already appeared on Star Trek: Picard, including William Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Worf (Michael Dorn), Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden), and Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), all former crew onboard the Enterprise.

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The crew of The Next Generation on the bridge of the Enterprise

Appearing from Star Trek: Voyager is Jeri Ryan’s Seven of Nine, while hologram construct Professor Moriarty, yes the Sherlock Holmes villain, will also somehow be involved and is played again by Daniel Davis. The characters that have not been seen since Star Trek: Nemesis are, according to Matalas, not necessarily following the prospective future from The Next Generation finale. An example is Dr. Beverly Crusher, hinted at as having ventured into the outer systems as the showrunner hints, “surely there would be something like Doctors Without Borders.”

Another example, that pulls from some of the expanded universe lore found in Star Trek novels, will allegedly put Worf in command of the Enterprise at some point. Though the Klingon was disqualified due to his actions onboard Deep Space Nine, Matalas promises that Star Trek: Picard will address these issues.

While Star Trek: Picard does not sound like it will lots of screen time for the Enterprise-F, the hints of where fan-favorite characters have been will hopefully keep fans happy. The third and final season of Star Trek: Picard debuts February 16th exclusively on Paramount+, bringing an end to a generation of shows, characters, and storylines that represent the best of science-fiction.