People talk about Patrick Stewart coming back to Star Trek. They don’t want a send-off for Captain Picard (We had one of those and it was called “All Good Things…” They want more TNG, just TNG for a million years. www.TNG.com.
That’s not going to happen and if we ever—god forbid—see the TNG cast together in some kind of production, it should be a really real super sendoff. My initial impulse for that was something grimdark; ‘Fall of The Federation’ or some bullshit like that. Everything breaks. The universe is reset. Everybody dies.
Because of course everybody dies. But that’s not want people want from TNG either. They want the people they like to be happy and to grow and change. The grimdark story is a lot easier to pitch, but it seems fair to start with the happy ending rundown and then say “but that’s not interesting” and do the stupid, grimdark lazy story.
So what’s that happy ending look like?
Picard opts to remain a captain. He lives to see what’s left of the Romulans (and Remans) join The Federation. As the symptoms of Irumodic Syndrome begin, he retires to his vineyard, which becomes a visiting spot for various officers he’s known, civilians he’s saved, and visiting Onarians, Angosians, Tamarians, Ventaxians, and several more.
The curators of the Picard vineyard keep a book for visitors to sign and those volumes of visitors are featured in a museum based on Picard’s life and family history. Visitors can leave with a bottle of Chateau Picard.
Geordi becomes Picard’s executive officer shortly after the events of Nemesis. Four years later, he becomes a captain and recruits Ensign B-4 to the Challenger. With a handful of experienced officers, he leads a mapping mission to the near Delta Quadrant.
He woos and wins the heart of another Starfleet captain. They retire together after many, many years. He establishes communication with a hostile lifeform on Vagra II. Though it is thoroughly malicious and utterly evil, he continues regular correspondence with it until his death as an old, happy man.
Riker and Troi stay on the Titan. They lead a diplomatic mission to Turkana IV which restores peace and stability to the world after years of turmoil. Some time later, they welcome the world’s second Starfleet officer to the Titan.
Will and Deanna have several kids and retire from Starfleet. Deanna continues counseling and Will becomes a full-time dad. He never misses a moment of his kids growing up.
Lwaxana Troi loves her grandchildren and is the worst influence on them. She passes in time, as do both Deanna and Will. All three are buried alongside Ian Troi.
Worf returns to Qo’Nos as an ambassador. He’s denied the chance to lobby for reforms and is assigned the role of training recruits of the House of Martok to keep him busy. Over a twenty years later, the Martok Training Academy is a source of the Empire’s finest recruits.
When a sympathetic chancellor comes to the throne and Worf has the ear of several influential warriors, he begins pushing for real change in the Empire. He dies honorably in combat stopping a reactionary coup. He never sees his reforms implemented, nor the more stable, more prosperous Klingon Empire they create.
Alexander becomes The Federation ambassador to the Klingon Empire. He learns to understand Klingon culture, but lives the life of an otherwise ordinary Federation citizen.
Beverly Crusher returns to head Starfleet Medical. She wheel kicks no less than three evil admirals during her time at Starfleet Command and is promoted from admiral to head of The Federation’s Medical Council for general safety. Under her leadership, The Federation finds ways to cure the Teplan blight, detect changelings, and defend against biothreats like the Borg and Species 8472.
She also writes and produces a variety of productions on Earth. Her best known play is called “Kirk,” an epic musical biography of a historically overlooked Starfleet captain. She never retires and dies in office while passionately arguing the immorality of a resolution on the floor of The Federation Council. The resolution failed.
Wesley Crusher comes back and is his with his mother when she passes. He is assigned as a civilian mission specialist on dozens of Starfleet ships, behaves insufferably and brings out the best in every young ensign he happens across. He stabilizes quantum slipstream drive technology, fixes warp drives so they no longer damage subspace, and gets into a slap-fight with Q like one time, it’s no big deal!
B-4 continues to function for a very long time and uses Data’s knowledge to secure the rights of all synthetic life forms in The Federation. He dies stopping another Borg incursion and his daughter, Lora, spends her life trying to make peace with the Borg.
Katherine Pulaski never dies. She’s too mean. The Borg refused to assimilate her. During the Changeling threat, she is never considered as having possibly been replaced by a Changeling. She stops being racist against androids and holograms, BUT she’s just a little bit shittier to everyone else to make up for it.