The second season of Star Trek: Picard was set to begin production today, but it has been delayed again.
Picard S2 shooting “soon”
In December we reported that Picard actress Jeri Ryan revealed February 1st as the new start date for Star Trek: Picard season two. Yesterday, again on Twitter in response to a fan inquiry, Ryan revealed that shooting would not start today after all, but will begin “soon.”
No. But soon.
— Jeri Ryan (@JeriLRyan) January 31, 2021
The first season of Picard wrapped in August 2019 with the second season originally scheduled to start in June 2020, but the COVID pandemic shut down all productions. Season two was then rescheduled to start in January, and then “pushed” to February 1st. The complications of producing television during the COVID pandemic may be the reason for the additional delay: Picard star Sir Patrick Stewart got his first vaccination shot on January 22nd, so waiting until after he has his second one could factor into the delay decision.
Ryan prefers playing Seven on Picard
Jeri Ryan had a recurring role on Star Trek: Picard in the first season and is returning for season two. She has spoken openly about enjoying reprising her Star Trek: Voyager role of Seven of Nine two decades later. On Friday in response to another fan inquiry, she emphasized she prefers playing Seven on Picard.
— Jeri Ryan (@JeriLRyan) January 29, 2021
Jeri Ryan famously joined Star Trek: Voyager in the fourth season, with her character of Seven of Nine seen as a way to boost the ratings. However, this introduction did cause some tension on the set. Executive producer Rick Berman admits in Star Trek: The Fifty-Year Mission “Hiring Jeri Ryan caused some problems with Kate Mulgrew,” adding that “a little antagonism existed right through to the end of the show.” But Ryan’s preference on Picard may be more than just behind-the-scenes tension. On the official Picard podcast last year the actress said she considers the role on Voyager “a gift,” but noted there were also issues, “the hardest part of playing Seven back in the Voyager years was because she couldn’t really express emotion and I am very emotional and very expressive!”
In addition to Ryan, season two of Picard is expected to include the return of other Star Trek stars, but as of now the only confirmed character is Guinan, played by Whoopi Goldberg. Other possibilities that have been hinted at include Gates McFadden as Dr. Crusher, LeVar Burton as Geordi LaForge, and John de Lancie as Q. Marina Sirtis (Troi) and Jonathan Frakes (Riker)—who both appeared in season one—have expressed interest in returning as well. It has also been hinted at that Brent Spiner could return as Dr. Alton Inigo Soong, a new character introduced in season one.
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