Star Trek: The Next Generation alum Denise Crosby has revealed that in some way, a way, the upcoming third and ultimate season of Star Trek: Picard will function the return of Tasha Yar.
Crosby mentioned Picard Season 3 throughout an look on the Star Trek conference 56-Year Mission Las Vegas. “You will see Tasha Yar however I’m not going to let you know how,” she mentioned.
What Happened to Star Trek’s Tasha Yar?
Crosby first portrayed Lieutenant Natasha “Tasha” Yar in “Encounter at Farpoint,” the very first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which initially aired in September 1987. However, whereas The Next Generation went on to run for a complete of 178 episodes, Tasha Yar in the end appeared in lower than 30 of them.
Tasha was abruptly killed off in Season 1, Episode 23, “Skin of Evil” (1988). According to Crosby, the explanation she left The Next Generation so shortly is as a result of she was sad together with her standing on the present. Interestingly, Crosby was initially chosen to play Counselor Deanna Troi earlier than the position was given to Marina Sirtis. Still, Tasha was a most important crew member of the brand new U.S.S. Enterprise and was billed as one of many present’s key characters early on.
Over the course of Season 1, nevertheless, Crosby watched Tasha slowly however absolutely transfer to the background, prompting her determination to go away the present. That mentioned, it was Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry who determined the character needs to be killed off. “I needed to go away the present,” Crosby mentioned in a 1996 interview. “Although it was Gene’s thought to have the character die. He thought it might be so surprising. I needed to go away as I used to be fighting not having the ability to do a lot with the character. I had all these concepts and could not do them. I used to be simply stage dressing. I selected to go away as a substitute of simply being glad with that.”
Despite leaving The Next Generation earlier than Season 1 concluded, Crosby has returned to the Star Trek franchise on a lot of events. She truly reprised her position as Tasha Yar in The Next Generation Season 3, Episode 15, “Yesterday’s Enterprise” (1990) — which explores an alternate timeline — and once more the 1994 sequence finale “All Good Things…” — by which Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) finds himself leaping forwards and backwards in time.
Additionally, Crosby performed the character Sela in three episodes of The Next Generation in 1991. She later voiced Sela within the video video games Star Trek: Armada (2000) and Star Trek Online (2010). Crosby additionally performed Dr. Jenna Yar, Tasha’s non-canon grandmother, within the fan sequence Star Trek: New Voyages in 2009. Finally, Crosby govt produced and offered the 1997 documentary Trekkies and its 2004 sequel.
Star Trek: Picard Is Patrick Stewart’s Franchise Swan Song
Picard, the de facto sequel to The Next Generation, is presently gearing up for its third and ultimate season, which is anticipated to bow in 2023. Picard Season 3 is already shaping as much as be one thing of a Next Generation reunion. In addition to Stewart as Picard himself, the season is slated to function LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge, Michael Dorn as Worf, Jonathan Frakes as William Riker, Gates McFadden as Dr. Beverly Crusher and the aforementioned Sirtis as Deanna Troi. Evidently, we are able to add Tasha Yar to that record.
Star Trek: Picard Seasons 1 and a couple of are presently streaming on Paramount+.
Source: 56-Year Mission Las Vegas, by way of Twitter