The first season of Star Trek: Picard premiered exactly one year ago today. Production on season two was supposed to start last summer, but got delayed due to the COVID pandemic. Shooting is now expected to start in early February, and star Sir Patrick Stewart—who has been talking about how much he wants to get back to work—is now even more ready.
Stewart gets the vaccine
On Friday Patrick Stewart shared a brief video on Twitter of him getting a COVID vaccine shot at one of the many drive-through locations in Los Angeles County. He used the opportunity to thank all the health care workers and scientists who have made the vaccine possible.
How do we say thank you to the health workers and scientists for their sacrifice and service? Receive the vaccine as soon as one can to lessen their load and keep wearing a mask to protect fellow citizens. In my 80th year, I am grateful and hopeful for better days ahead. pic.twitter.com/emGDlnYL2E
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) January 22, 2021
In Los Angeles County, the COVID vaccine is currently available to healthcare workers, residents of long-term care facilities, and to persons over the age of 65. As noted by Stewart, he is now 80 years old, qualifying him for the vaccine.
Stewart hyped to get back to work
Even though production has already started with new COVID protocols on many film and television shows, including Star Trek: Discovery season 4, having Sir Patrick vaccinated will go a long way towards easing any concerns about the titular star of Picard. After first setting a January start date, the latest update (from Jeri Ryan) pegs February 1st as the beginning of shooting on Star Trek: Picard.
Earlier this month, Patrick Stewart talked about how excited he was when he was able to return to the set just for costume fittings. He has been studying the scripts for the first half of season two, and made it clear he is ready to get back to production:
I want to work! That is what I am here for, that is what I do. I want a script in my hand. I want actors in front of me. I want to hear somebody say, “Standby studio!” It’s going to happen and it’s within view now. I actually think the first couple of days might be a bit challenging because of how do we tune back into what we were doing back before. But we have such an extraordinary cast and these people will bring it and they’ll just hand it over to me.
Season two of Star Trek: Picard is expected to have ten episodes. With the exception of Harry Treadaway (Narek), the cast of season one is expected to return, including the aforementioned Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine. It has also been reported that Whoopi Goldberg will reprise her role as Guinan and John de Lancie recently hinted he may be returning as Q. Other Star Trek: The Next Generation vets who have been rumored to appear in season two include LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge, Gates McFadden as Dr. Beverly Crusher, and Brent Spiner as Dr. Altan Inigo Soong.
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