Deanna Troi was always meant to be the true hero in the finale of Star Trek: Picard season 3.
- Deanna Troi becomes the true hero in Star Trek: Picard season 3, saving the galaxy and unlocking Borg secrets with her return in the final episodes.
- Fans expressed disappointment with Troi’s limited role, but showrunner Terry Matalas reassured them that she played a key role in the last three episodes.
- Troi’s empathic abilities are finally utilized in a helpful and meaningful way in the season 3 finale, making her an essential character in saving the day.
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Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) does not appear in Star Trek: Picard season 3 until episode 6, but she ultimately becomes the true hero by season’s end. Picard season 3 saw the original crew members from Star Trek: The Next Generation reunite on the rebuilt USS Enterprise-D to save the Federation from the Borg and the Changelings. Despite not being present for the first half of the season due to scheduling difficulties, Deanna Troi has plenty to do when she returns for the back half of Picard season 3. Showrunner Terry Matalas and the other writers made sure to give the character a chance to truly shine in the final episodes.
Before the back half of Star Trek: Picard season 3 had aired, fans took to social media to express their disappointment that Deanna Troi had not played a larger role in the season. Terry Matalas himself then posted on Twitter to reassure fans that she played a key role in the last three episodes. Not only does Troi help save the galaxy during the final confrontation with the Borg, she also helps Jack Crusher (Ed Speleers) unlock the Borg secrets buried in his mind. Troi was often the heart of TNG, and she serves that role again in Picard season 3. Her connection with Captain William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) proves crucial in saving the day.
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Why Troi Was Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Finale’s Real Hero
Throughout Star Trek: The Next Generation, the writers sometimes struggled to write for Deanna Troi and her empathic abilities. Knowing that they only had Marina Sirtis for a limited time on the production schedule, Star Trek: Picard season 3’s creative team smartly structured the back half of the season to make Troi crucial. Star Trek: Picard season 3 not only gives Troi the chance to be the hero, but also allows her to use her empathic powers in a helpful way that makes sense. In Star Trek: Picard season 3’s finale, the Borg Queen attacks the Federation at the Frontier Day celebration and assimilates every Starfleet officer under the age of 25. As the Borg attack Earth’s defenses, Admiral Picard, Captain Riker, and Captain Worf (Michael Dorn) beam onto the Borg Cube to shut it down.
As the officers aboard the Enterprise-D prepare to destroy the beacon that is sending the signal to the assimilated Starfleet officers, they realize that it will destroy the Borg cube and everyone on it, including Picard, Riker, and Worf. Riker and Worf eventually catch up to Picard, but the Enterprise cannot find their transporter signal to beam them back. As they resign themselves “to die with honor,” as Worf says, Riker says a final goodbye to Troi. Despite the fact that she remains on the Enterprise, Troi telepathically senses Riker and pinpoints their location. Deanna takes the helm and guides the Enterprise right to them – drifting the D in the coolest move the Galaxy Class starship ever did – to allow Picard, Riker, Worf, and Jack to be rescued before the Borg Cube is completely destroyed.
Troi Needs To Return In Star Trek: Legacy
With the proposed Picard spin-off, Star Trek: Legacy, something fans are clamoring for, chances are high that some of the crew from TNG will return if the show happens. Deanna Troi has grown tremendously as a character since her time on TNG, and it would be wonderful to continue to check in with her and her family. Riker seems poised to resume his Starfleet duties at the end of Star Trek: Picard season 3, after he and Troi take a much-needed vacation. Troi, too, has resumed her job as a counselor, having daily sessions with Data (Brent Spiner) as he joyfully explores his new emotions.
The potential Star Trek: Legacy series would likely focus on the adventures of the newly rechristened USS Enterprise-G and her crew, which includes the next generation of Starfleet officers. Ensign Jack Crusher has a position on the bridge as a Special Counselor to Captain Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) and Lt. Sidney La Forge (Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut) serves as a helmsman. Troi’s presence on Legacy could also introduce another child of the TNG crew into the mix. Kestra Troi-Riker (Lulu Wilson) has not been seen since Picard season 1, and she would make a great addition to the cast of Legacy. Marina Sirtis’ Deanna Troi will always be welcome in Star Trek, and hopefully, she gets to keep saving the galaxy after her heroic turn in Star Trek: Picard season 3.
Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season, available now on DVD, Blu-ray™, and a limited-edition Blu-ray SteelBook from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Also available now: Star Trek: Picard – The Complete Series.
The limited-edition Star Trek: The Picard Legacy Collection will be available November 7.