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The U.S.S. Stargazer, NCC-82893, played an important role in Star Trek: Picard Season 2. It served as a nice piece of nostalgia that hearkened back to Picard's younger days. Then, for Season 3, they decided to introduce a ship with a blatantly anachronistic structure--the Neo-Constitution (the window pattern on the saucer is the exact same as on the Constitution, despite different ship sizes, and the saucer itself is from a design that is 150 years old). The new Stargazer follows the design flow of the era much better. What was the out-of-universe reason that they left the Stargazer and decided to go to the Titan-A? Did they consider using the Stargazer as the hero ship for Season 3?

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    Considering what happened to the original Stargazer, it's probably a good idea not to let Picard anywhere near the new one. Commented Mar 3, 2023 at 16:09
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    I'd speculate new-ish management wants to merchandise their own creations. No TV executive gets credit for merely approving the old management's hit show. And put more distance between seasons 1 and 2 - not that it really matters. But ultimately it's surely one more thing to sell right? Commented Mar 3, 2023 at 21:06
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    Now that we're several episodes into season 3, I think the Stargazer simply wouldn't have worked for the plot they want to tell. I could lay out the reasons (they need Picard and Riker to be with an unfamiliar crew, Shaw commanding the Stargazer wouldn't make sense, etc.) but I'm not sure that would qualify as a full answer.
    – Withad
    Commented Mar 21, 2023 at 11:12
  • Perhaps not, but that conclusion does make sense. Commented Mar 21, 2023 at 14:07

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Per showrunner Terry Matalas himself (video below), the goal was to create tension by putting Riker back on the Titan-A, when he had been captain of the original USS Titan. Transcript below from video captioning

We knew we wanted a starship adventure this season. The question is what ship? And when we tied into the story, and we knew Riker was going to help Picard sort of con his way onto a starship, we looked at his previous command. And what would be a really good conflict there, was to put Riker back onto the Titan. This sort of new starship.

Brian Tatoski added

With the Titan, it's an established ship, it's an iconic ship, but Terry wanted to sort of bring it forward to the next generation with also his own spin on it, his own take on it.

The best explanation here is that Picard Season 3 revolves around familiar Trek. You literally have an episode where the characters geek out at historic Trek ships in the museum. While the name Titan may not be as well-known to long-time Trek fans, it has played prominently in the Lower Decks series, and has its roots in broader canon. Clearly Riker has made a name for himself and that ship on its own. The Stargazer, however, was purely a name throwback to Picard's original command, and was only shown briefly in two episodes total. Since Rios is gone, there's no real reason to revisit it.

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  • Nice job coming up with this detailed an answer even after it was posted a while ago! Commented Apr 11, 2023 at 16:55
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    And given everything we now know about Captain Shaw, it would've been very weird to have him commanding a ship named in Picard's honour and equipped with Borg-derived technology.
    – Withad
    Commented Apr 26, 2023 at 10:44

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