LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Ed Speleers attends the “Picard” season 3 premiere on February 09, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Doheny/Getty Images for Paramount+)
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Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Was An On & Off-Screen Struggle For Ed Speleers
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This story contains spoilers for
Season 3 of “Star Trek: Picard.”
Ed Speleers played Jean-Luc Picard’s son, Jack Crusher, in “Star Trek: Picard” and was emotionally affected by the sentimental father-son story in the show’s final season.
Season 3’s most intense scene happens in the finale when Picard must confront Jack on the Borg cube after he's been assimilated into the collective.
Picard must stop Jack from nearly destroying everything and does so by being deeply honest with his son. Speleers told Collider how powerful this storyline was for him as a father.
Speleers admitted, “Things are just always bubbling away emotionally because of children, and that's good. And I mean all emotions, everything from love, fear, happiness, anger.”
He added, “I think it was insightful because also what it made me do is maybe look at how I've been as a son, as well, and maybe the things I've done and haven't done.”
As a dad, Speleers was able to understand where Picard was coming from, and he also tapped into his experience as a son to inform his performance as Jack.
Speleers was also heartbroken at potentially saying goodbye to playing Jack Crusher forever. He said, “I just want to play Jack Crusher for the next 15 years and then retire.”
He was also incredulous about the series ending, adding, “I'm going to bloody cry now [...] I'm just like [...] ‘Is that the end of Star Trek? Is that it? [...] Is that just done?”