The Enterprise-D Joke That Got Axed From Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Finale

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Written By Sedoso Feb

Moore and Braga may be chuffed — or miffed — to know that their idea would eventually be used 29 years later in the final few episodes of “Star Trek: Picard.” In that series, the conceit of “All Good Things…” played itself out on a more natural timeline. The actors, now older, returned to their old roles and revealed that their characters had indeed taken new career paths, lost contact, or died. Like in the original draft of “All Good Things…,” their legacy seemed to be erased from history. Picard says out loud that he has no interest in a legacy, and Riker finds that the Enterprise-D is an unpopular ship among the new generation of starship enthusiasts. Indeed, when Riker and Picard ask a younger Starfleet captain for help on a secret mission, he bluntly refuses and forces the old men to sleep in some ensign bunks on the ship’s lower decks. No one remembered Picard and legacy was unimportant. 

The whole third season of “Picard,” however, was devoted to catching up with each character one by one, and having them investigate a mystery surrounding Picard’s long-lost son Jack (Ed Speleers). Notably, Geordi La Forge was now the curator and director of a starship museum, giving the showrunners an excuse to dig up some fan-favorite vessels and put them on display. In the show’s ninth episode, Geordi revealed that he had, over several decades, been secretly reconstructing the Enterprise-D, and he and his old co-workers — also like in Moore’s and Braga’s script — steal it and take it into battle. 

Sadly, the latter theft sequence wasn’t played for laughs. Indeed, it was wrung for maximum nostalgia, with the camera lingering sentimentally on the old ship as if it was still important. 

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