With talk today about firm release dates for J.J. Abrams Star Trek sequel, perhaps it’s somewhat fitting to take a look back (and forward) at one of those other Treks that made the franchise so prolific and profitable. To wit, North Hollywood recently interviewed Marina Sirtis, also known as Counsellor Deanna Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Now, the Next Gen story may have ended on a bit of a sour note with Nemesis, but does that preclude the possibility of revisiting the series in reboot form? Sirtis certainly hopes not. Here’s an excerpt from her interview:
PATCH: Would you hope to see a version of The Next Generation in the new Star Trek movies?
SIRTIS: I don’t think that’s going to happen. I would love to because I never wanted the job to end in the first place. This was my job of my life. I loved my seven years on it. I loved doing the four movies that we did, but it’s not going to happen. As we were the young kids who came along after the original Star Trek, now it’s the next next generation and I wish them all the best.
PATCH: So you would have done one more movie?
SIRTIS: I would’ve done 10 more movies
PATCH: A lot of us wanted you to!
SIRTIS: Yeah, I know. I know. I get this all the time from fans who miss seeing us in anything new, because they still watch us in reruns all the time.
PATCH: What if they cast new actors as the young versions of Troi, Picard and Riker, like they did for Kirk and Spock?
SIRTIS: Exactly. You never know because you’re right, after this spate of movies, they might decide to resurrect The Next Generation with us recast young, which would be amazing. I’d be fascinated to see who they picked to play me younger.
Too soon for a reboot? Interesting side note: Star Trek: The Next Generation turns 25 next year, which is prime time for a reboot for a lot of franchises. But the real question is who is Picard-y enough to play the Captain other than Patrick Stewart?