Michael Dorn Says Now’s The Perfect Time For A Worf Star Trek Spinoff


Star Trek has returned to television in a big way lately, and though the franchise is always moving forwards, it still remembers to honor what came before. For instance, Discovery is borrowing a lot of elements from The Original Series in its upcoming second season – not least Ethan Peck’s Spock – and Patrick Stewart’s set to return as Picard, the role he first brought to life in The Next Generation

Not only that, but Picard’s comeback has now got one former TNG cast member hopeful that he can one day make a return as well. Fans will probably know that actor Michael Dorn has been trying to get a spinoff show for his character Worf, the Klingon Starfleet officer, into production for a while, and now that CBS is mining the past again for new material, Dorn’s dusting off his idea. In fact, he thinks it’s the perfect time for a Worf spinoff to happen, and here’s why:

“You’re not stepping on anybody’s toes, and I always thought the Klingon Empire was a great empire to write about because it’s Shakespearean.”

“The Klingon Empire has had to evolve and change and they don’t like that and they’re fighting it every step of the way,” Dorn says. “They’ve had to introduce aliens into their society. Just like our world now is becoming a global world where it’s not just like, ‘Oh we’re Californians and that’s all that really matters.’ We’re talking about something here and it affects China.”

As for the structure he envisions the show taking, he explains that it could actually resemble The Next Generation, saying:

“Worf is on a ship and he’s going out and all the adventures are happening with him. Every episode is like the original or Next Generation. It’s a self-contained episode that has a beginning, a middle, and an end. And it says something.”

Honestly, this is a pretty interesting idea for a spinoff and giving Worf his very own show would allow the writers to explore Klingon society and culture to a greater extent than previous series have managed to achieve. And seeing how popular the race is, you can be bet the fans would be on board with it as well.

Of course, the easiest way to do this would be to have Worf cameo first in Picard’s new Star Trek show, which could act as a launching point into his own series. And though Dorn has said that he wouldn’t be interested in appearing on Patrick Stewart’s upcoming project unless it was in a meaningful role, something tells us he’d go for it if it meant having his own spinoff.