When David Carson “Star Trek: Generations” Arriving in theaters in 1994, it looked like Dr. Crusher was about to explore some of his own history. The last episode of “Next Generation”, titled “All Good Things…”, aired a few months before and Dr. Crusher kissed Captain Picard. In a flash-forward, it was established that Dr. Crusher would marry Picard, divorce him, and become a starship captain. There was so much to explore.
In this case, the four films are all about Picard and/or Data. The rest of the set didn’t really have any great character moments, and none of their personal pasts were discussed much. Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) may have had his eyes upgraded, but he’s never had a moment where he can talk about how he came to choose the procedure or what it’s all about. felt. Crusher was… just a doctor. Asked about it by Variety, Gates McFadden was frustrated. She says:
“A lot of the character’s story – you haven’t even seen it. […] Jean-Luc Picard could have this brand new love interest every time, and it was like he and Crusher had nothing between them, or ever. It was a big part of the character that just got pushed aside.”
McFadden knew she was part of an ensemble and was happy to fulfill her role in that regard, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t infuriating for her as an actress. She says:
“Well, it’s no surprise to hear that [the movies were] very disappointing. It’s always tricky when you’re an actor. You want your role to be as wonderful as possible. But you’re not stupid either and you’re very happy that the franchise is doing well.”