In the closing scenes of Picard Season 3, Dr. Beverly Crusher and Admiral Jean-Luc Picard discuss their pride at their son’s achievement of an accelerated Starfleet posting. Ensign Jack Crusher suggests that the family name may have something to do with it. Picard brushes this off, “Names mean almost nothing.” Moments later, as it is revealed that Jack’s posting is the Titan, newly rechristened as the Enterprise-G, Jack responds, “Names mean almost everything.”
This powerful exchange highlights the importance of names and the themes of legacy set up during Picard Season 3. As the past and future are bound in a cycle, the ongoing legacy of the best parts of our past serves to inform us on a better future. It is precisely this sentiment that is captured with the potential new series’ title: “Star Trek: Legacy.”
The name “Legacy” has a history within the Star Trek universe. It was previously used as the title for a 2006 real-time tactics space combat video game and as the title of the 80th episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. While these past instances are noteworthy, they also serve to reinforce the idea that the franchise has always been about building upon its storied past while looking toward an exciting future.
“Star Trek: Legacy” as a title for the new series offers a strong connection to the franchise’s history, while also promising new adventures and characters that will continue the legacy of exploration, diplomacy, and unity. This title acknowledges the beloved characters from TNG, DS9, and Voyager, while also introducing new heroes like Captain 7, First Officer Rafaela Musiker, and Ensign Jack Crusher.
However, the diverse Star Trek fanbase has varied opinions on the perfect name for the new series. While many fans passionately support “Star Trek: Legacy,” others may have alternative suggestions that they believe capture the essence of the show even better. We encourage all fans to engage in constructive discussions and share their thoughts on the new series’ title.
Taking inspiration from the original “Save Star Trek” campaign, Letters 4 Legacy serves as an example of how the past can inform and shape our future. As Terry Matalas encourages fans to be loud, we have the opportunity to make history by creating the loudest, most passionate fan movement since the original “Save Star Trek.” Thousands of letters sent to Paramount can prove the unwavering dedication of the Star Trek community.
So, let’s work together to ensure the best possible future for our beloved franchise. Together, we can make it so.
“The LEGACY of the future awaits.”