Season one of Star Trek: Picard is officially behind us, and fans are already speculating about what season two will bring. Work on the new season has already started, and in some post-finale interviews, star Patrick Stewart and executive producers of the show have been talking about where the show is headed. We’ve gathered some of the highlights to add to our last round-up.
Stewart sees Picard as excited for the future possibilities
Patrick Stewart is the guest on the latest official Star Trek: Picard Podcast and he talked about how he saw Picard’s state of mind at the end of the season finale, giving the order to “engage” and heading out into space on La Sirena:
He has no idea where he is at because he has no idea what the future now might hold for him, which is what I think makes the matter of season two so exciting. He has pulled off a very, very successful mission throughout the first 10 episodes of season one. And he feels that therefore he can be certain that his abilities have not become fractured. His skills as an ambassador, as a negotiator, as a decision maker, are still present. Given that he can bring to them the right sort of mental attitude and focus. I think…he is actually excited by the ignorance that he feels about the future. He doesn’t know, and he would rather be at the point of undertaking something he doesn’t know anything about than sitting on the veranda at his vineyard in France.
Picard is new and reinvigorated for season two
On the same podcast, executive producer Akiva Goldsman gave an update on where work is on the second season, and his hopes for where it is headed:
We are still working it out. What we want to do is what we promised at the end of season one, which is a new day and a new reinvigorated, reborn, and therefore most essential Picard. How we do that? The only thing I can tell you is we hope not to do it in precisely the way you expect, and yet to satisfy you nevertheless.
Showrunner (and season two writer/producer) Michael Chabon spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the season two challenges:
First, it’s got to be good, right? It has to be focused on Picard but have room for all the other characters. It’s never going to be just a show about the crew of a starship that’s part of Starfleet and everyone’s wearing uniforms and they’re flying around, encountering alien life and weird planets. Those are the challenges we face going into season two, and I’m so excited about the story we’ve come up with.
Season 2 will deal with Picard 2.0, introduce Guinan, and maybe the Enterprise?
In a separate article in THR, Chabon talked more about where Picard (the character) is headed:
Whatever the implications are going to be for Picard having this new body, all of that is going to be part of [the character’s] way of thinking going forward.
One thing that has been confirmed is that Whoopi Goldberg will be reprising her role as Guinan the El-Aurian Ten Forward bartender and longtime Jean-Luc Picard confidante. Chabon talked to THR about writing Goldberg’s return:
It’s amazing. I’ve gone back to rewatch some of the more key Guinan episodes from Next Gen, the major Picard and Guinan moments. She’s such an amazing actor; I can’t wait.
Some fans wondered why Starfleet’s latest USS Enterprise didn’t make an appearance with the fleet seen in the season one finale. Chabon explained the decision and offered some hope for seeing it in season two:
“I don’t know for sure because we’ve gone back and forth,” Chabon says about plans for season two. “But, I think you’ll just have to wait and see.”Chabon goes on to say that, in the season finale, the team didn’t include or mention the Enterprise in the fleet lead by Riker because “it would have been such a throw away [moment] and it doesn’t seem right to give the Enterprise a throw away. If you’re going to do the Enterprise, you do the Enterprise.”
Work continues for season 2
The second season of Star Trek: Picard was officially announced in January, with Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys) coming on board as showrunner. Michael Chabon remains with the Trek team but has reduced his Picard workload as he takes on the job of showrunner for the Showtime adaptation of his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Chabon has been involved in breaking the story for Picard season two and will be writing two of the episodes. Late last night Chabon posted an image of himself participating in a virtual writers’ room meeting with the message “Zoomin’ the room. #startrekpicardseason2” Over the weekend in his fan Q&A, Chabon said that before the coronavirus lockdown, the plan was to start production in mid-2020.
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