Star Trek: Picard showrunner Terry Matalas shoots down speculation that Denise Crosby’s Tasha Yar will make a physical appearance in Season 3.
Star Trek: Picard showrunner Terry Matalas has put the kibosh on speculation that Denise Crosby’s Tasha Yar will make a physical appearance in the show’s fast-approaching third and final season.
It’s no secret that Picard Season 3 will be something of a Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion, with series lead Patrick Stewart set to be joined by Gates McFadden, LeVar Burton, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn and Brent Spiner in the sequel series’ final go-round. During an interview with SFX Magazine, Matalas confirmed that Picard‘s final season also acknowledges Tasha Yar, though denied rumors that Crosby would actually appear as the character. “There’s definitely a reference to Tasha Yar. But it’s not beyond that,” he said. Matalas previously debunked fan theories regarding Diana Muldaur’s return as Katherine Pulaski and a potential appearance by the Enterprise-E (though the Enterprise-F will indeed appear).
Speculation regarding Crosby’s return to the role of Tasha Yar began in August 2022, when Crosby herself seemed to suggest that the deceased character would factor into Picard‘s third season in some way. “You will see Tasha Yar but I’m not going to tell you how,” Crosby said at the Star Trek convention 56-Year Mission Las Vegas. (It’s possible Crosby was simply referring to the “reference” Matalas alluded to.) Crosby was initially a main cast member on The Next Generation, though she decided to leave the show during Season 1, with Lt. Tasha Yar being abruptly killed off in the episode “Skin of Evil” in 1988.
“I wanted to leave the show,” Crosby said in a 1996 interview, citing frustrations regarding her character’s role on The Next Generation. “Although it was [Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s] idea to have the character die. He thought it would be so shocking. I wanted to leave as I was struggling with not being able to do much with the character. I had all these ideas and couldn’t do them. I was just stage dressing. I chose to leave instead of just being satisfied with that.”
Despite leaving The Next Generation before Season 1 concluded, Crosby returned to the show on a number of occasions. She reprised her role as Tasha Yar for the 1990 episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” which explores an alternate timeline where Tasha never died. The actor later returned as Tasha for The Next Generation‘s 1994 series finale, “All Good Things…,” in which Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Stewart) finds himself jumping back and forth in time. Additionally, Crosby played a different character, Sela, in three separate episodes of the show in 1991.
Star Trek: Picard S3 Brings Jean-Luc’s Journey to an End
Picard Season 3 is slated to premiere on Paramount+ on Thursday, Feb. 16. The 10-episode season is expected to mark Stewart’s final time portraying his iconic Star Trek character. An official description teases “one final high stakes mission” as the former captain of the U.S.S Enterprise-D once again joins forces with Dr. Beverly Crusher (McFadden), Geordi La Forge (Burton), William Riker (Frakes), Deanna Troi (Sirtis) and Worf (Dorn). Additionally, Spiner returns to the fold as Data’s evil twin brother, Lore. Rounding out the cast are Picard mainstays Michelle Hurd, who plays Rafaella “Raffi” Musiker, and Jeri Ryan, who reprises her role as Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager.
Star Trek: Picard Season 3 premieres Feb. 16 on Paramount+.
Source: SFX Magazine
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