Paramount+'s Star Trek: Lower Decks surprised fans when Jonathan Frakes' Will Riker and Marina Sirtis' Deanna Troi made unexpected appearances on the animated streaming series, thus opening up the door for more exciting cameos from Star Trek: The Next Generation stars in the future. This theoretically includes Wil Wheaton's polarizing, but ultimately lovable, character Wesley Crusher, whom Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan recently confessed to being a big fan of.
I had the chance to speak to Mike McMahan ahead of the physical Blu-ray and DVD release of Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 1, with our conversation tapping into areas of the Star Trek canon that would be ideal to retcon or change up for storytelling purposes. McMahan then brought up Wesley Crusher, and shared how he'd love to have Wil Wheaton on the Paramount+ series if he could just figure out how to tie it all in with the existing lore.
Mike McMahan doesn't want to totally change franchise canon just to bring Wesley Crusher to Star Trek: Lower Decks, which creates something of a narrative problem. Wesley resigned from Starfleet and, as mentioned by McMahan, ultimately joined The Traveler to further explore powers that The Traveler believed were manifesting inside of Wesley. If that ended up being the case, then Wesley's powers would allow him to one day be able to manipulate space, time, and warp fields, all by using the power of his mind.
Wesley Crusher left with The Traveler in Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 7, though Will Wheaton returned a brief appearance during the wedding scene in the movie Star Trek: Nemesis. Not a whole lot has been done with the character to follow up on that time period, and given Wil Wheaton's continued work within science fiction, as well as his general voice acting work, this feels like it could feasibly happen one day. If only those practical elements were the only ones to worry about.
Mike McMahan continued the conversation with how he'd love to have Wil Wheaton portray the character on Star Trek: Lower Decks, provided there was a way to maintain Wesley's story:
While we didn't get a chance to discuss it, it's worth noting that there is a particular deleted scene from Star Trek: Nemesis that's directly connected to the context of this situation. In the deleted scene, Welsey revealed to Jean-Luc Picard that he had taken a position on the USS Titan, which meant he rejoined Starfleet at some point under Riker's command. Season 1 of Star Trek: Lower Decks ended with Bradward Boimler aboard the USS Titan, and around the same time period Wesley Crusher could've been there. Since the scene was deleted, though, I'm not sure if it truly qualifies as canon, and I'd assume it's a "no" if McMahan still hasn't found a way to crack the nut of bringing Wil Wheaton back to Star Trek.
Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 1 (which is also available to stream on Paramount+) is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Steelbook as of Tuesday, May 18. Fans can get a sneak preview at some of the awesome behind-the-scenes info jammed into the disc by checking out our exclusive preview of how one segment of the opening credits resulted in weeks of debate.
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