In the first look of season 2 of Star Trek: Picard, Paramount released a minute-long teaser, complete with classic Trek iconographies and Easter eggs aplenty.
The biggest revelation had to be the return of a fan-favorite character from The New Generation—Q, played by actor John de Lancie. The actor also surprised fans with his appearance in the Contact Day virtual, where the first look was announced.
Kicking off the teaser was Picard’s chateau that is his retirement home,
“The true final frontier is time”.
In an obvious play on the Star Trek franchise’s doctrine of “Space: the final frontier”, the teaser more than hinted at time travel returning as a plot point in the upcoming season. There were several different kinds of clocks and an hourglass moving in the reverse direction to support this hypothesis.
The teaser, which did not feature even a single character in its one-minute-long run did, however, feature important memorabilia from previous Star Trek stories. An antique edition of Paradise Lost, the Stargazer Model, Picard’s Old Com Badge were just a few of them.
It ended with the biggest reveal, that of the return of the ageless alien Q. Actor John de Lancie’s voice takes over the teaser to say just one line, “The trial never ends.” Such feels, though. The actor also took to Twitter to make the announcement.
As one of Star Trek‘s most iconic characters, Q has made other appearances throughout the franchise. But Q’s return onscreen next to Picard is especially exciting after their rivalry became a fan-favorite in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
As for that line, it suggests that the master trickster Q has some plans for meddling with both Picard and humanity in general in the upcoming season.
Actor de Lancie also came on board the live stream panel following the trailer’s debut, marking the occasion of Star Trek’s version of May The Fourth—#FirstContactDay. (For those not in the know, per Trek lore, April 5, 2063 marks the day humans made their first contact with the Vulcans, their first with an alien race.)
During the panel, de Lancie further revealed that Q’s entry into Picard’s life would come at a very “shattering moment” in the show.
“Q’s arrival is, as it often was, unexpected. But it also comes at a shattering moment in the episode…there is significant trauma. And in fact, at the moment, I’m working on how the trauma of this moment hangs around Picard for quite a substantial part of the episode and then—there is [Q],”John de Lancie
Star Trek: Picard confirmed the start of production for its second season in February 2021. The second season will premiere in 2022 along with a host of other Star Trek shows on Paramount+.
Picard season 1 debuted on the streaming service in January 2020 and brought back Patrick Stewart’s beloved Star Trek character Jean-Luc Picard. Picking up 20 years after Picard’s final appearance in Star Trek: Nemesis, it focuses on the former captain of the USS Enterprise as he mourns the death of Data and the destruction of the planet Romulus.
About Star Trek: Picard
Star Trek: Picard is an American television series created by Akiva Goldsman. It is the eighth title in the Star Trek franchise. The film stars Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard.
The series follows a retired Jean-Luc Picard who is disturbed by Data’s death in the film Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). At the end of the 24th Century, and 14 years after his retirement from Starfleet, Jean-Luc Picard is living a quiet life on his vineyard, Chateau Picard. When he is sought out by a mysterious young woman, Dahj, in need of his help, he soon realizes she may have personal connections to his own past.