In a recent tweet, ID4 producer and co-writer, Dean Devlin, shared his admiration for Star Trek: Picard’s third season, helmed by showrunner Terry Matalas. “For me, as a lifelong Trek fan, season 3 of Picard was perfection! Bravo! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏,” Devlin wrote. This praise, coming from a luminary in the science fiction world, underscores Matalas’s adept handling of the Star Trek universe and highlights the profound parallels between Picard’s third season and Devlin’s own iconic film, Independence Day (ID4).
Star Trek: Picard and ID4 are distinct narratives, each with its unique appeal, yet they share a common theme: the indomitable spirit of humanity in the face of seemingly insurmountable alien threats. Frontier Day in Star Trek: Picard’s third season and Independence Day in ID4 are more than just dates on a calendar; they are powerful symbols of unity and resilience.
Frontier Day sees Picard and his crew standing against the Borg, a relentless cybernetic collective whose objective is the assimilation of all lifeforms. On the other hand, Independence Day in ID4 marks a global stand against an advanced alien species intent on annihilating human civilization.
Despite their different motives and methods, the Borg and the ID4 aliens share a chilling trait: they are unyielding, almost invincible entities that threaten humanity’s existence. Yet, in these dire scenarios, the parallels between Star Trek: Picard and ID4 truly shine, showcasing humanity’s capacity to rise above the odds through innovative thinking and collaborative spirit.
In ID4, it’s David Levinson, played by Jeff Goldblum, who exemplifies human ingenuity by devising a plan to upload a virus into the alien mothership, a move that disables their defenses and enables a counterattack. Similarly, in Picard, the crew of the Enterprise-D employs their technological acumen and tactical prowess to outwit the Borg during the gripping “trench run.”
These narratives echo the same sentiment: our innovation, bravery, and unity are our greatest weapons against overwhelming odds. The heart and soul within these stories, beautifully captured by Matalas in Picard’s third season, resonate with the timeless spirit of unity and innovation that Gene Roddenberry envisioned for Star Trek.
But the trek into the 25th century doesn’t need to end with Picard. The potential for further exploration is vast, and Matalas is the perfect navigator for this journey. As fans, it’s essential for us to remain focused and vocal about our wish for more of Matalas’s 25th-century Trek adventures.
The Letters 4 Legacy mission embodies this focus by rallying fans to express their support for the proposed Star Trek: Legacy. Each letter, hashtag, and conversation about Star Trek: Legacy amplifies the collective voice advocating for its realization.
Our shared passion for Star Trek has the power to move Paramount+ executives to bring more of Matalas’s Trek tales to our screens. As we continue to engage with the stories that inspire us, let’s keep the spirit of unity and innovation at the forefront. After all, in the immortal words of Jean-Luc Picard, “The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.” Let’s work together to better our Star Trek universe.