Star Trek: Picard has wrapped up its glorious final season, ending with a bit of a tease for the future. Towards the end of the episode, we learn that our Starfleet “Hero Ship” of the season, the Titan, has been rechristened as the new U.S.S. Enterprise. Seven of Nine is her Captain, and among her crew are Jack Crusher (Ed Speleers), son of Beverly Crusher and Jean Luc Picard, and Sidney La Forge (Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut), daughter of Geordi La Forge.
These inclusions have us wondering. Could a potential Star Trek: Legacy spinoff, focusing on the crew of the new Enterprise, have a role for all the kids of the TNG crew? While they shouldn’t all be crewmembers on board the Enterprise, as that would be a tad cheesy, they could still all have parts to play in the potential show. A “Next Next Generation.” Here are the kids of the classic Enterprise-D crew we hope to see in a future spin-off, should Paramount+ ever greenlight this series.
We first met Kestra Troi-Riker (Lulu Wilson) in Picard’s first season episode, “Nepenthe.” She was the second child of the former Enterprise crewmates William Riker and Deanna Troi and about 14 when we met her. Although only seen in that one episode, Kestra Troi-Riker was portrayed as an adventurous kid with a lot of spunk. Although she clearly carried a great sadness due to the loss of her older brother Thaddeus.
In a piece of dialogue cut from Picard season three’s “Surrender,” the show was going to reveal that Kestra was attending Starfleet Academy. So maybe once she graduates, she gets an assignment on the Enterprise-G? Again, we hesitate to place all the kids of the TNG crew as Enterprise-G officers. We would mostly just want them to appear in different capacities. However, if we got to include just one more as a crew member, Kestra Troi-Riker would make the most sense.
Much of the plot of season one of Picard revolved around the mystery of Data’s children, particularly Soji Asha (Isa Briones). Soji was created by scientists Bruce Maddox and Altan Soong, the son of Data’s creator Noonien Soong. They took a single positronic neuron of the then-deceased android Data and used it to create new, more human-sentient androids. These twins were Soji Asha and her sister Dahj. Although Romulan extremists sadly murdered Dhaj, her synthetic sister survived.
We last saw Soji on the planet Raritan IV, where she was on a diplomatic tour advocating for the newly unbanned synths. As far as we know, Soji never met her father Data, who is now living in a flesh-and-blood body of his own. But that father/daughter reunion is one we would want to see on a Star Trek: Picard spinoff. We do think it would be a stretch to have Soji as a member of the crew. However, given her relationship with both Seven and Raffi, she would cross paths with them at some point. Not to mention also work together with the children of her dad’s Enterprise-D family.
Not all the kids of the Enterprise-D crew were introduced in Picard. Worf was the first TNG crew member to have a child, back when TNG was still airing new episodes. In season four of The Next Generation, Worf met his son Alexander, whom he had with his old flame K’Ehleyr. When they killed his half-Klingon/half-human former girlfriend, Worf became a single father. And usually, he wasn’t very good at it.
Alexander grew up partly on the Enterprise-D, and partly raised by Worf’s human parents on Earth. As a teen, he joined the crew of a Klingon Bird of Prey, as seen on Deep Space Nine. We haven’t seen Alexander in over thirty years. So it would be great to this “Enterprise kid” on a Picard spinoff series, possibly now as a Klingon warrior of great renown. It would be cool if he were a Klingon Captain, and we saw his Bird of Prey working alongside his dad’s old friends on the new Enterprise. A variety of actors played Alexander—so a recast wouldn’t be out of the question.
Tasha Yar is often regarded as the forgotten Enterprise-D crew member. Actress Denise Crosby left the role of the Enterprise security chief at the end of season one of TNG, and her character was killed off. But an alternate timeline Tasha appeared in the season three episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise.” In that episode, she went back in time to the prime reality in order to die a more honorable death. But it turned out she didn’t die after all.
Romulans captured alt-Tasha, and after marrying one, they had a child together. That child grew up to be Romulan Commander Sela, also played by Crosby. She faced off against Picard and his crew a handful of times. As far as we know, Sela is still out there—unless she died in the destruction of Romulus. But we have a feeling she survived. Since Denise Crosby didn’t get to come back for Picard’s final season, Legacy could be the perfect place to bring her back. We’d love to know how the last thirty years have changed her.
Last but definitely not least, we can’t forget the original child of an Enterprise officer, the one and only Wesley Crusher. Wesley, played by Wil Wheaton, was the son of Dr. Beverly Crusher and the late Jack Crusher, Jean-Luc Picard’s best friend. After a time at Starfleet Academy, Wesley’s true nature as a Traveler was revealed to him, a being that lives outside of space and time. We didn’t see him again until a cameo scene at the end of Picard season two, where he recruited a new Traveler into the fold.
The show explained that the Travelers ensured the flow of time in the universe, recruiting agents to act on their behalf. In Picard season 3, Beverly heavily implies that she has not seen Wesley in decades and that he remains lost to her. But Wesley is not dead, and it seems a meeting with his brother Jack is in order. Certainly, Jack might have some resentment towards Wes, who not only abandoned their mother, but who also had the benefit of having Picard as a father figure… Even though he was not his biological son. Think of the drama! It would certainly be a story worth telling on a Picard spinoff.
All seasons of Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: The Next Generation are streaming now on Paramount+.