John de Lancie has been a major part of Star Trek since he appeared as the enigmatic, godlike Q in the Next Generation pilot “Encounter at Farpoint” in 1987. In addition to a recurring role on TNG, de Lancie’s Q also appeared in multiple other Star Trek series and he is now hinting that there may be more to come.
John de Lancie talks more Q
The Star Trek Universe podcast pointed us to a recent video on Cameo.com – where fans can buy personalized videos from celebrities, including John de Lancie. This particular video was a Christmas 2020 message from a father to his son, where the actor starts out “Q here, AKA John de Lancie,” and he begins to talk about the family’s shared love for Star Trek: The Next Generation. De Lancie then tells a story about how he got his Star Trek start in the ’80s on TNG, where he also drops a tantalizing “stocking stuffer” of a possible future for Q:
A voice behind my shoulder said, “You have no idea what you have got yourself into.” It was Gene Roddenberry and I said, “What are you talking about?” He goes, “Oh, you’ll find out.” And here it is, 34 years later, I am finding out. Oh and by the way, here is a little stocking stuffer… You are going to be seeing more of me. Cheers. Merry Christmas. And let’s just cross our fingers that 2021 is going to be better. It just has to be better than 2020.
This “you are going to see more of me” comment is what is intriguing, suggesting de Lancie could be returning to the role of Q—again. As Lower Decks fans know, de Lancie already returned as Q in 2020, voicing the role in the episode “Veritas,” which debuted in September. Even though this Cameo Christmas message was likely recorded recently, it’s possible de Lancie was referring either to his appearance in “Veritas” or perhaps a return to Lower Decks in season two, which is currently in production and expected to arrive in 2021.
Could it be for Picard?
There is an even more intriguing possibility, assuming he isn’t just talking about “Veritas.” De Lancie saying “You are going to be seeing more of me” could mean it won’t be just his voice. There are three live-action Star Trek series either currently in production or soon to be in production. The most likely candidate for a Q appearance would be on the second season of Star Trek: Picard, which is expected to start shooting next month. Writing for the season has been going on since early in the year as production was to start in the summer, so guest actors would likely already be booked. And the first season of Picard featured a number of actors reprising their characters from TNG and the TNG era, with more expected for season two.
Through his many appearances on TNG and other Star Trek shows, Q has shown a particular fascination with Jean Luc-Picard, and Q played a significant role in the events of both the series premiere and series finale. In their last encounter in “All Good Things” (see clip below) Q hinted he would see Picard again, saying “the trial never ends” and “I’ll be watching, and if you are very lucky, I will drop by to say hello from time to time.”
There is also another potential connection to season two. It has been confirmed that Whoopi Goldberg will be reprising her role as Guinan, and Guinan has a complicated and adversarial relationship with Q (see below clip), so having both appear could make sense.
For now, this is all speculation. De Lancie could simply be talking about his September Lower Decks appearance, or maybe another voice role on Lower Decks (or even Prodigy). But Q did promise to keep in touch with Captain Picard, so maybe after over 20 years, it’s time for him to check in with his old friend Jean-Luc.