We have our first glimpse at Star Trek: Picard season 2. Patrick Stewart is set to return once again as the iconic Jean-Luc Picard in the sophomore season of his solo space adventures. And he's bringing an old friend along for the ride this time. While we still have to wait until next year for new episodes to air, the teaser reveals the return of Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation, with John de Lancie reprising the role.
The teaser and the casting reveal were both made during the recent First Contact Day virtual event. John de Lancie surprised fans with an appearance. The teaser features our central character waxing philosophically about time. It mostly consists of shots of his home, so there isn't much by way of new footage. Picard says in the teaser, "Time offers so many opportunities but never second chances." We then see a playing card, specifically a Queen, that disintegrates. Q then says, "The trial never ends." Patrick Stewart had this to say about it during the stream.
"Q's arrival is, as it often was, unexpected. It also comes in a shattering moment in an episode, and I do mean a shattering moment. There is significant trauma. There are events coming up in season two that have never been seen before."
Q is a powerful character, capable of manipulating space, time and even reality. The character first appeared in the pilot for The Next Generation, and would later appear in the show's final run of episodes as well. Speaking during the panel, John de Lancie had this to say.
"Finally! I'm totally delighted and I'm really looking forward to it and I'm more than ready. I've aged a little bit to be more in keeping with where we are right now. I'm here to make your life as annoying as possible. He is deliciously naughty and terribly self involved, so as my wife says, it's not much of a stretch."
Brent Spiner, who plays Data, will also return in the upcoming season. Given what happened with Data last season, that raises some questions. Though it has yet to be confirmed, LeVar Burton has seemingly teased that Geordi La Forge could be back as well. Other cast members include Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, Jeri Ryan and Orla Brady. Executive producers are Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman, Terry Matalas, Michael Chabon, Doug Aarniokoski, Dylan Massin, Patrick Stewart, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth.
Star Trek: Picard season 2 is currently filming. The first season, which brought Patrick Stewart back to the role after years away, aired on CBS All Access. The service has been rebranded and expanded, transforming recently into Paramount+. It has become a Star Trek hub and that is where the new season will live. While no release date has been set, the show is slated to arrive sometime in 2022. Be sure to check out the teaser for yourself from the Paramount+ YouTube channel.