The last time the iconic curves of the USS Enterprise-E and its crew boldly travelled anywhere was way back in 2002, with the release of the lukewarmly received Star Trek: Nemesis.
And 13 years later, people are still wondering if there's a chance we'll ever get to see Sir Patrick Stewart's Jean-Luc Picard bellow the iconic lines "make it so." or "engage," on cinema screens or our TVs again. Yeah, we wonder all right. But is there at least a shred of hope?
As the 75-year-old thespian readies himself to embark on a journey into comedy with Starz's Blunt Talk, in an interview with IGN, Stewart considers the prospect of returning to trek around the stars, without a z, once again:
"It’s possible. I think it’s unlikely. But it’s possible. The series wrapped over 25 years ago and we’ve got a rather elderly Captain Picard now. So I don’t know. It would be… it could be entertaining."
Okay so that's definitely not a resounding yes, but it's also not a resounding no! Which is great to hear, I mean who doesn't want to see Jean-Luc flexing his brain muscles in the vastness of space again?
Honestly Though... Could It Happen?
Now that the Star Trek reboots have found major success, and aren't actually all that bad, the amended timeline of that particular universe means that we could technically see any old Trek character come into play.
But seeing as The Next Generation was set roughly 70 years after The Original Series, I'm not sure how useful a pre-fetal Picard would be milling about with nu-Kirk and co, irrespective of temporal differences.
Though, saying that, nowadays reboots are all in! Everything's rebooting, even Reboot! So, why not TNG? Would there be scope for a series set after Nemesis, where Admiral Picard has to oversee the quashing of some galactic terror, or simply enlist a new team to explore strange new worlds, and seek out new life and civilizations?
Yeah, there is. I'd love to see a new team of Trekkers going on epic televisual adventures. Go on Lords of TV... make it so.