Star Trek: Picard’s final season is throwing every thing it could actually at Patrick Stewart’s legendary hero, when it comes to massive shocks, massive enemies, and massive reunions. However whereas the present teased the run as much as season three by loudly proclaiming the returns of The Subsequent Era’s iconic bridge crew, some returns have been saved quiet—regardless of how important they had been to the present’s arc.
Talking to Collider, Picard showrunner Terry Matalas mentioned the heartbreaking return of TNG’s Michelle Forbes, aka Ro Laren, the one-time Enterprise-D Ensign turned Maquis defector, in today’s excellent episode “Imposters.” Based on the producer, Picard all the time needed Ro Laren again for the story it wanted to inform right here—that Starfleet had been compromised by the Changelings, now extra able to hiding themselves from detection than they had been throughout DS9‘s Dominion War. However extra crucially, the one who warns Picard of this menace had to be Ro in Matalas’ eyes for a quite simple purpose: there needed to be a degree of mistrust and drama that solely Picard’s best remorse may match.
“This story was all the time–the pitch that I had for it was, ‘How nice would it not be to do a paranoia thriller with somebody that you’ve all this baggage with?’ The one approach to make certain you’re sitting throughout from the individual that you hope you’re sitting throughout from is to get by your trauma with them,” Matalas defined to Collider. “I believed that if we may pull that off, we’d have a very fascinating episode of tv. However that required us getting Michelle Forbes and convincing the studio and the community it was the appropriate concept, and educating lots of people on who Ro Laren [was].”
It’s a disgrace he needed to clarify who one in every of TNG’s greatest supporting characters—her place as Picard’s reluctant protoge within the latter seasons of the show made for one its most fascinatingly combative relationships—was to the higher-ups. However when you’ve watched “Imposters” already, you’ll know Matalas’ advocacy for Ro was greater than value it, and a narrative properly value bringing her again for.
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