The star of Star Trek: Picard is offering up a glimpse of what we can expect in the second season of the series.
Writing for season two underway, will not go over the same ground as season one
As we reported yesterday, CBS has begun its “For Your Consideration” campaign in hopes of garnering Emmy nominations for Star Trek: Picard. As part of that effort, star – and executive producer – Sir Patrick Stewart spoke with industry-focused Gold Derby for their series of interviews with 2020 Emmy contenders. Stewart mostly discussed his work on the first season of Picard, but he did give a brief update on the status on how work is progressing for season two:
It is [coming together], yeah. Because of how we are living currently, there is no writers’ room, of course. But everybody is writing and they are keeping me in touch with what is going on. We have video conferences.
Stewart also gave his impression of what the upcoming season has in store:
There are startling events predicted in season two. I am so excited about them, because it is taking season one on from where we were. We are not going to be covering the same ground. It is going to be extraordinary. I am very excited about it. Of course, I can’t go into detail at all. I have a long conference planned for tomorrow where I hope for certain aspects of how season two will develop, and I’m looking forward to it very much.
The second season of Star Trek: Picard was originally planned to go back into production during the summer, but that remains uncertain while the lockdown remains, possibly through the summer. Stewart spoke about how he is eager to get back to working with the cast and crew:
Frankly, perhaps the thing I am missing the most right now, other than going out to dinner, is I am not working with this group of people I admire and have grown to like and respect so much as well. I can’t wait to be back on the set in a workspace with these people, and explore what we are going to do with season two.
How Picard deals with his new body is an open question
The first season ended with Picard dying and having his consciousness transferred into a new android body. This profound event has sparked much fan debate. Stewart spoke briefly about what impact this resurrection may have for the character going forward:
Brilliantly and wonderfully they were able to perform surgery on me in such a way that I survived and came back. But, now with an artificial life inside me – not a subservient cruel one like the Borg, but we shall see. We don’t know how Picard is going to live with this new condition which has become part of his life, which is going to extend his life.
Season one showrunner Michael Chabon has said that the second season will not “pretend like these events never happened,” and it will explore “whatever the implications are going to be for Picard having this new body, and essentially a new brain structure, too.”
Hints more TNG guest stars to come, but a season one regular may not be back
The first season of Star Trek: Picard saw a number of veteran Trek actors reprise their roles on the show. Stewart outlined how important it was to him to see any returning characters evolve from when they were last seen in the show and movies:
In meetings when we talked about bringing in members of the Next Generation crew, that was one of the things I was most passionate about, which was not only should Picard have changed during the 18 years that had passed, but the same has to be applied to Counselor Troi, to Commander Riker, to whoever it is. And by the way, I am very hopeful we will see more of The Next Generation crew before we say goodbye to Picard. And that is just what they did, and there is no better example than the episode [“Nepenthe”].
Jonathan Frakes agrees with this, recently saying he was happy to return to the role of Riker in “Nepenthe,” but was glad he had retired from Starfleet. Star Trek: The Next Generation stars who have yet to appear on Picard include LeVar Burton (Geordi LaForge), Michael Dorn (Worf), and Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher). Recently Burton confirmed he was already in talks with show producers about appearing, and he too had some thoughts on where he sees Geordi in 2399.
One of the open questions left from the season one finale was the fate of Harry Treadaway’s Romulan operative Narek, last seen being taken into custody by the Synths, although Michael Chabon said there was a deleted scene that showed him being handed over to the Federation. When talking about what it was like working with the rest of the Picard cast, Stewart indicated Treadaway may not be back for season two:
We have a dazzling group of actors. No matter who I find myself playing a scene with, it is interesting, unusual, challenging, and always exciting. And every one of us is back. Well, I think we may have said goodbye to Harry Treadaway, which I am disappointed about because I enjoyed working with him so much.
Watch full Stewart interview
There is much more from Patrick Stewart’s new interview about the first season of Star Trek: Picard. You can watch the full video on Gold Derby or via YouTube below.
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