Star Trek viewers shocked as ‘most despised character’ ever returns

A picture of Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Star Trek fans have celebrated the return of a once ‘despised’ character (Picture: CBS via Getty Images)

Star Trek viewers seem to have finally embraced a character who was once dubbed the franchise’s ‘most despised’.

First introduced in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wesley Crusher has always been played by actor Wil Wheaton, first appearing on screen when he was just 15-years-old.

During that spin-off, he appeared over 85 episodes between 1987 and 1994.

He then returned to Star Trek in 2002 and 2022, reprising his role in cameo appearances in Star Trek: Nemesis, and in the season 2 finale of Star Trek: Picard.

The son Beverly Crusher and Jack Crusher, Wesley was not well received by fans of the franchise, which clearly affected the actor.

Will, now 51, once shared that when he was younger, people gave him ‘such a hard time about Wesley Crusher’ that there was a time in his late teens and early twenties when he ‘resented Star Trek’.

Wesley Crusher appeared on the latest episode of Netflix animated series Star Trek: Prodigy (Picture: Netflix)

‘It felt so unfair that people who had never met me were so cruel and hateful toward me as a person because they didn’t like a character I played on a TV show, I wanted to put Star Trek behind me and forget that it was ever part of my life.’

However he’s now made a return again but this time around fans have been far more welcoming.

After a cameo during Star Trek: Picard season 2’s finale last year, he recently featured in the animated series Star Trek: Prodigy.

In the episode titled The Devourer of All Things, Part 1 he surprised viewers when popping up, and they were pretty excited.

Wil Wheaton first played the character on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the 1980s (Picture: Getty)

‘I never thought I would say this, but we need more Wesley Crusher!’ one fan posted on X.

‘When I was young, I thought Wesley Crusher was annoying…now that I am old and wise, I realise he was cool,’ someone else shared.

‘We were all disappointed that Wesley Crusher wasn’t in #StarTrekPicard season 3 after he cameoed in season 2’s finale. Thank the Travelers #StarTrekProdigy had something way better in the works!’ another added.

The tenth Star Trek series, Star Trek: Prodigy was created by Kevin and Dan Hageman and premiered in 2021.

The actor once said people were ‘cruel and hateful’ towards him (Picture: Getty Images for Paramount Plus)

It is the first to specifically target a younger audience, and the franchise’s first solely 3D animated series.

It follows a group of young aliens in the 24th century who find the abandoned starship Protostar and learn about Starfleet and also features the voices of Brett Gray, Ella Purnell and Jameela Jamil.

Kevin recently told Screen Rant that others seemed ‘afraid to touch’ Wesley and ‘bring the character back’, but they weren’t deterred.

‘I’m like, “Let’s do something great with him. Let’s make him a wonderful mentor, but a little scatterbrained and …read more

Source:: Metro


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