Star Trek: Picard – Wil Wheaton Fan-Fics Jean-Luc/Wesley; TNG Reunion

When Paramount+ announced the upcoming cast reunion of Star Trek: The Next Generation for the third and final season of Star Trek: Picard, one notable name was absent in Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher. Not only the son of Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden), but also helmsman and then ensign of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, the actor and current host of the franchise aftershow The Ready Room posted a response via his blog about his voluntary exclusion from the reunion.

LOS ANGELES - JUN 3: Wil Wheaton at the "Changeland" Los Angeles Premiere at the ArcLight Hollywood on June 3, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA (Image: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com)
LOS ANGELES – JUN 3: Wil Wheaton at the "Changeland" Los Angeles Premiere at the ArcLight Hollywood on June 3, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA (Image: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com)

I have been reading the Internet, as you do, and I see a lot of my fellow nerds are as excited to see the TNG cast back together as I am. I've also seen a LOT of people — like, way more than I ever would have imagined –expressing dismay that Wesley isn't part of it. I share some of your sadness, for my own reasons, but I choose to focus instead on how special it's going to be to see my family back together again, and how wonderful it's going to be to talk with them about it in 'The Ready Room.'

Star Trek: Picard: Wil Wheaton on Not Joining TNG Cast for Season 3
Wil Wheaton in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Image courtesy of Paramount

Joining Sir Patrick Stewart for season three of Star Trek: Picard are Jonathan Frakes (Riker), LeVar Burton (LaForge), Michael Dorn (Worf), McFadden, Marina Sirtis (Troi), and Brent Spiner (Data). Spiner's appeared in both seasons of the series playing Data and Dr. Alton Soong in season one and Dr. Adam Soong in season two. Frakes and Sirtis also reprised their roles for season one. Other TNG favorites who returned include Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh) in season one, John de Lancie (Q), and Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan) in season two. Wheaton closed his blog post on a hypothetical and decided to partake in a creative exercise as the post is titled "Writing fan fiction is never not fun" in script form that sees his character continue his journey as the Traveler (possibly ignoring his cameo in Nemesis).

Wil Wheaton's Star Trek Picard-Wesley Reunion

Still, I've been thinking all day … what would happen if Wesley DID show up? Why would Traveler Wesley be there? And my imagination did its thing.

So I sketched this out in my head, and … well, it felt like something that was worth sharing.

INT. CHATEAU PICARD – NIGHT.
Jean-Luc sits in a comfortable chair. He's spent a lot of time here, lost in precisely this kind of thought. He's sipping a glass of wine. Number One is asleep at his feet. The room shimmers in the golden light — but not the warmth — of a blazing fire. Deep shadows fill the corners, reflecting in their way the shadow on Picard's face.

He looks up. Did he just sense movement in the shadows? He looks back to Number One, who is snoring on the floor, kicking his legs. Picard slowly stands up.

CUT TO WIDE. There it is. A figure in the darkness.

PICARD
(more curious than alarmed)
Hello? Who's there?

A beat. We hold our breath. Is it Q?

The figure emerges from the shadows, instantly familiar to some of us. It's Wesley Crusher. Older. Wiser. Maybe a little haunted? A Traveler who has seen some shit. He smiles warmly.

BACK TO PICARD

PICARD
…Wesley?

TRAVELER
It's good to see you, Captain.

The fire crackles. Picard regards him for a long moment. It's been 20 years. It's a lot to take in.

PICARD
(feeling it)
Wesley, I haven't been your Captain for a very long time.

Now it's Wesley's turn to regard him.

TRAVELER
You will always be my Captain.

Picard's smile almost reaches his eyes. This is more than a simple reunion, and he knows it.

PICARD
Why are you here? In this place? At this time?

The Traveler takes a deep, deliberate breath. Before he speaks, Number One growls, then barks. Through the windows, it's getting brighter. Is the sun rising? No, it's too fast, too bright, to be the sun. This is more like a spotlight being shined directly into the room. Picard shields his eyes from the increasingly blinding light. The Traveler is unaffected.

TRAVELER
(as the light begins to swallow them)
… because this is where I am needed.

The white light fills the screen.

Black letters fade in: TO BE CONTINUED.

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About Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangoria. As a writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.
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