We’re all hyped for the return of Patrick Stewart’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard, but the one thing on fans’ minds is whether or not the upcoming Star Trek series might also explore the fates of the rest of the Enterprise-D gang. One character in particular that fans would like to see more of is everyone’s favorite Klingon, Lieutenant Worf, played by Michael Dorn. However, the actor doesn’t seem terribly interested in returning.
That being said, he isn’t ruling it out completely. Speaking in a recent interview, Dorn stated that he’d be open to showing up on the Picard series if he was going to have a big role or play an important part in the story, as he doesn’t want to return if it’s just for a quick cameo or bit of fan service.
“I’m only interested in if it’s something really interesting; if the character was a major part of the franchise or whatever the show is,” the actor said. “He’s not just going to show up, beat somebody up, and then go home.”
That’s fair enough. After all, Klingon make-up takes time to put on and Dorn clearly has too much respect for his character to waste him on something insignificant. Thankfully, then, there’s a way to have Worf return in a meaningful manner.
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While it’d be a bit lame for the show to simply ‘get the band back together’ and bring the old TNG team back in their former positions, perhaps an older and more experienced Worf could play a substantial role. With Picard set to be quite a bit older, having a Klingon around who’s a dab hand with a bat’leth would certainly be helpful if any conflicts arise, right?
Then again, maybe Dorn would rather hold out for that Worf Chronicles project he’s been pitching? With CBS apparently eager to greenlight any and all new Star Trek shows, why not give us a chance to explore exactly where the TNG and Deep Space Nine veteran eventually ended up?