Star Trek: Picard’s final season is throwing every thing it may well at Patrick Stewart’s legendary hero, by way of 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 Technology’s iconic bridge crew, some returns have been stored quiet—regardless of how very important they have been to the present’s arc.
Chatting with 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 at all times 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 have been throughout DS9‘s Dominion War. However extra crucially, the one that warns Picard of this risk had to be Ro in Matalas’ eyes for a quite simple purpose: there needed to be a stage of mistrust and drama that solely Picard’s biggest remorse may match.
“This story was at all times–the pitch that I had for it was, ‘How nice would it not be to do a paranoia thriller with somebody that you’ve got all this baggage with?’ The one means to make certain you’re sitting throughout from the person who you hope you’re sitting throughout from is to get via 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 correct thought, 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 finest 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 should 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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