For many Trekkies, watching the first season of Star Trek: Picard when it aired on CBS All Access felt like coming home to old friends. Viewers had the opportunity to see what Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) have been up to since their days on the Enterprise. But there’s one character whose absence was sorely missed– Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden). Given the intimacy of her relationship with Picard, it seemed a bit strange that she wasn’t mentioned once during Star Trek: Picard’s entire first season. But hopefully, that will change in season two, as there have been rumors that Crusher will make an appearance. If the rumors prove true, there are a few story beats we’d love to see the writers cover!

Taking an ethical stand

Throughout Star Trek: Next Generation, Crusher frequently took the compassionate stance when there was a question of morality, even when doing so was unpopular. For example, in the season five episode “I Borg,” she vocally opposed infecting a Borg drone who had been severed from the collective with a computer virus that would knock out his cube when he was re-assimilated. She argued that he should be treated as an autonomous individual. And in the season six episode “Suspicions,” she put her medical career on the line rather than allow the Ferengi scientist Dr. Reyga to take the blame for the death of their colleague, the Takaran scientist Jo’Bril. In both cases, nearly everyone else involved disagreed with her.

Picard, Beverly Crusher and Hugh in Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "I, Borg"

Speaking up for what she believes in is an important and fundamental part of Beverly’s character, and Star Trek: Picard offers many opportunities for her to do just that. Indeed, one of the major through-lines of the new series is that the show repeatedly puts its characters in morally challenging positions where they are forced to make decisions about what they believe in and what they value most. Picard even decides to defy the Federation in order to do what he believes is right. And, Beverly would almost certainly have had the same qualms as Jean-Luc about the Federation’s decision not to rescue the Romulans from the supernova that destroyed their home world. So if Beverly Crusher does, in fact, appear in season two, we hope to see her put in a similar position. We’d love to see the sense of conviction and ethical fortitude that she demonstrated in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Rafi and Jurati

Raffi and Jurarti in Star Trek: Picard episode Nepenthe

Whatever Bev is up to these days, our bet is that she has been pretty successful. But as mentioned, given her unfailing commitment to preserving life and her moral tenacity, she is sure to be pretty displeased with recent developments in the Federation. She is someone who probably continued to build a career in Starfleet, at least for a time, while likely also critiquing it and potentially splitting from it, as Picard has done. Her perspective would be valuable to Raffi (Michelle Hurd) and Jurati (Alison Pill), who have complicated relationships with Starfleet themselves, and a bit of female mentorship would be nice to see.

Will and Deanna

Admittedly this might be a bit of fan service, but we’d love to see Beverly meet up with Will and Deanna. Picard isn’t the only one who hasn’t mentioned Bev at all– Riker and Troi did not speak a word about her, either. So it seems like she may have cut ties with all of the Enterprise crew. We’re dying to know what has been going on with her, and whatever it is, we’d be absolutely thrilled to see her reunite with her old friends.

Riker, Troi and Picard reunite in Star Trek Picard episode, Nepenthe

Photo Cr: Aaron Epstein/CBS ©2019

The first season episode “Nepenthe,” in which Picard is taken in by Will and Deanna after not having seen them for years, is one of the most heartwarming episodes in all of Trek. Seeing how much love is present between these characters after all this time is really lovely, and it would be amazing for Beverly to have a similar moment of her own.

Saving a life

Beverly Crusher is an amazing physician. During her days on the Enterprise, she demonstrates the ability to think and act quickly and efficiently while under extreme stress. And she shows us time and again how ingenious she is, coming up with wholly original cures to medical problems that she could never have anticipated. So if she appears in season two of Picard, we definitely want to see her putting her medical skills to use. We’d need at least one episode that centers around her talent, where a main character’s life depends upon Beverly’s ability to think up an out-of-the-box treatment to an obscure medical condition.

Heart-to-heart with Picard

beverly crusher and jean-luc picard on star trek the next generation

Of course, the moment we most want to see is Bev and Jean-Luc having a heart-to-heart. What has happened between the two of them? Did they pursue a relationship? If so, why did it end? Why aren’t they speaking? Do they still love each other? Does she know about the brain condition he had for most of season one, and did she ever try to treat it? There are so many questions! A scene like this has the potential to be one of the most poignant moments of the series, and one of the most fulfilling for longtime Trek fans. It’s something we’re very much hoping will come to fruition.

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This article was originally published on 8/5/20

 

 

Sarah Cooke