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The changes in Worf between the film Star Trek Nemesis and the third season of Star Trek: Picard are vast and largely unaccounted for in the Picard TV series. For example, in the episode “The Bounty”, the formerly bellicose Worf informs Riker, “You should know that I now prefer pacifism to actual combat.” Upon parting in the series finale “The Last Generation”, Raffi Musiker tells Worf, “Continue to be a warrior for peace.” In the reality of the show, how did this introspective, pacifistic Worf come about?

In a recent interview with Warp Factor Trek, Star Trek author and consultant David Mack (whose Star Trek: Picard novel Firewall was published earlier this month) eagerly commented on the possibilities of discovering some explanation for the changes in Worf’s personality. “That’s a journey that I would love to see,” said Mack, “the story of how we got from A to B with Worf in terms of that shift in his mindset in his post-ambassadorial years, because we know he was posted as the Federation’s ambassador to Kronos at the end of DS9 and yet somehow is back in uniform on the Enterprise a few years later. Something must have happened. I’d love to know more, and I’d love to know what happened after Nemesis, between Nemesis and Picard Season 3. What journey did he go on? What changed him? You know, how did he leave Starfleet officially but still wind up as an asset of Starfleet Intelligence? So many questions. Novel waiting to happen. That would be a perfect book for Keith R A DeCandido.

The recently released DVD and Blu-ray of Star Trek: Picard Season 3 contains a variety of special features, including multiple deleted scenes. One of them — taken from the sixth episode of the third season, “The Bounty” — helps explain the changes in Worf. The scene is set in the security room on Daystrom Station and has Worf make a long speech. In this monologue, he tells Riker, “I have hunted Changelings for decades now, slain with certainty villains with innocent faces. I have done this alone, for fear my friends may be false. I have distrusted those I love most and suspected everyone I have known. I have done this diligently… until the day I plunged my blade into the heart of a woman who was just that: a woman. As she passed, begged to understand why, and to my terror, I was incapable of explaining. I was wrong. I have killed many, but never an innocent. So, I swore to temper myself, my rage, my suspicion, for what I could not repay.

Mack notes, “It’s an interesting take on why he underwent such a major change.” In another recent Warp Factor Trek interview, Star Trek: Picard Art Director Kit Stølen — who supervised the security room set where the scene takes place — expressed surprise to learn that this scene was not included in the final edit of “The Bounty”. Stølen further commented, “It’s hard to unscramble what I’m aware of from the show versus what specifically was in the final cut. I mean, I’ve watched it, but I’ve watched various chunks, so it’s all kind of like a mash in my head.

From the entire third season, the Worf scene is the one deleted scene that sticks out most in Editor and Associate Producer Drew Nichols’ memory. He regards the scene as “fun” and “great” but laments, “It was kind of the unfortunate casualty of pacing and rhythm in that particular episode, which is why it ended up on the DVD extras. But it was one of the deleted scenes that Terry [Matalas] really wanted to put on the DVDs and the Blu-rays.

Will we ever find out more about what caused Worf to change so significantly, such as how he ended his diplomatic career? Is that something viewers would like to see? If it is, would it be preferable as part of a new Star Trek: Legacy show or in another Star Trek production? Let us know your thoughts on Worf’s transformation by posting your comments.

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