If you saw the new Star Trek movie in theaters a few months back, you know that Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock character plays a pivotal role in the story. The last time that the character had appeared on screen was in a two-part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1991.
The movie essentially picked up where we’d left the beloved character, as an ambassador. A comic book mini-series was released that bridged the gap between the television episode and the movie. Along with Spock, it features several characters from Next Generation.
It seems very unlikely that, given the success of the JJ Abrams movie, Paramount will consider making another Next Generation feature. Faithful viewers have wondered if there might be a chance that some other characters from the Next Generation might appear in the Star Trek sequel. The producers haven’t closed the door on the idea but it does seem unlikely to happen.
While Patrick Stewart has said that he really enjoyed the new movie, it was a strange experience. In the Yorkshire Post, he said of the recent movie, “I loved it. I absolutely loved it. It was a very, very odd experience to be in the cinema watching a new Star Trek movie that I wasn’t in. Not only that, but with the exception of Leonard Nimoy I didn’t know any of the cast… but, it’s Star Trek. They’ve taken some quite innovative decisions but it’s absolutely essential, right down the middle Star Trek. I got a great kick out of it.”
This weekend, the 69-year-old actor reiterated those positive feelings and said that he’s not interested in appearing in a sequel. He last played the Starfleet Captain in 2002 and, according to Daily Dragon, told the crowd at Dragon*Con, “I feel I have left behind a legacy as Jean-Luc Picard that doesn’t need adding to.”
What do you think? Would you like to see Picard one last time? In the Star Trek movie sequel or in some other project?