CBS’s Emmy campaign continues with another interview from Star Trek: Picard executive producer Akiva Goldsman. Like all FYC interviews, the focus was on season one, but he dropped some season two tidbits as well.
Almost halfway through season two scripts
Speaking to IndieWire Akiva Goldsman gave a progress update from the Picard virtual writers’ room:
Oh yeah. I am on a Zoom call in an hour with Terry Matalas and Kirsten Beyer and Michael Chabon and we will be bashing through some continuity issues we are having between episodes three and four in the script phase. Yeah, we are in it. We have room that is up and running. We have broken the season. We are closer to halfway through the scripts than not. We really loved doing it and we feel really lucky to do it and we feel kind of like season one was getting ready and now season two, let’s go.
Former 12 Monkeys executive producer Terry Matalas is a new addition to the Picard team, brought on board as an executive producer to step in as showrunner for the second season. Season one showrunner Michael Chabon remains with the show as a writer but had to reduce his time with Picard after he took on showrunning duties for the upcoming Showtime series Kavalier and Clay, based on his novel.
Originally production on season two was set to start mid-June; however, due to the coronavirus shutdown, it was delayed. Recently Jeri Ryan said production is now planned to start in September.
More Starfleet and maybe more Soong for season 2
The first season of Star Trek: Picard saw the former commanding officer of the USS Enterprise-D (and Enterprise-E) retired, and finding it difficult to get support from Starfleet for his mission to find Data’s “daughter” and the colony of Soong-type androids. When talking about the season one finale where a Starfleet task force finally showed up to lend a hand, Goldsman gave a hint about what’s in store for season two:
We knew that bringing in that fleet was a little bit of a promise, and so we tried to be thoughtful about it. Especially as we go forward, we’re going to start making statements about really what the world of Starfleet, at least technologically if not socially and culturally … These are the things that are likely to get a little bit more play than they did [in Season 1] in what was essentially a story about somebody who is outside of Starfleet.
Goldsman also indicated that Brent Spiner may return again, but not as Data:
We wanted to feather in the possibility of more and we knew we were letting Data go. We knew that this Soong character had been in our head canon when it came to the season anyway, but we want more Brent and we wanted to create a platform for which there could be more Brent in ensuing seasons.
Goldsman also told IndieWire that originally the team envisioned the final Picard/Data scene from the season one finale as an entire episode. “At one point it was going to be a play that was just going to be the two of them for I think all of episode nine,” he said.
If Spiner does return, he will not be the only Trek vet in season two: Jeri Ryan recently confirmed she will be back. It has also been confirmed that Whoopi Goldberg will be reprising her TNG role as Guinan, and LeVar Burton indicated he’ll be bringing in Geordi LaForge. Marina Sirtis told TrekMovie that she’s interested in playing Troi more, and Jonathan Frakes is up to be back, hoping to see more of Captain Riker.
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