Picard adds a very dear old friend and fan favorite in season two – Q is back with a new challenge.
The first season brought back favorite characters from TNG, this new season is no different. Picard and Q last met in the final episode of TNG, which focused on three points in time – the present, the first mission of USS Enterprise-D seven years earlier, and twenty-five years into the future when Picard has retired to his vineyard in France. Picard randomly jumps through each point throughout the episode – at the whim of Q, who is testing him.
Will this season will be a continuation of that last episode or an entirely new test for the Starfleet Captain?
Showrunner Akiva Goldman talked to HR about the choice to bring Q into the show.
There are a lot of people who think of Q as a trickster god, right? And he is. But he’s also a profoundly significant relationship in Picard’s life. There’s a lot of discussion in Picard season two about the nature of connectedness. Q’s kind of a great lightning rod for that because in some ways he’s one of Picard’s deepest — not deep in the same way that Riker is or Beverly Crusher was — but in its own uniquely, profoundly deep relationship.
In the new teaser, we get an actual look at John de Lancie as an aged but still sharp Q – that still loves messing with Picard and time.
It looks like the team assembled in season one is being split apart by the new splintered timeline. There’s the weird new version of Starfleet with unfamiliar badges and regalia, which Dr. Jurati is not wearing. The closing scene of Seven of Nine without her Borg implant is the one with the most impact.
The second season of Star Trek: Picard arrives on Paramount+ (and only Paramount+) next year. You can catch up with last season and everything Star Trek on the service right now.