The new Star Trek: Picard teaser trailer and follow-up First Contact Day panel confirmed that John de Lancie will be back in season two, reprising his role as Q. Now the actor is talking more about what it is like to play the enigmatic again.
de Lancie on Q in Picard
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, John de Lancie says when he was first approached around six months ago, he was a bit hesitant about returning to the role after two decades:
I was obviously a little concerned — very concerned — about the issues having to do with, well, excuse me, this is 20 years later. I’m supposed to be immortal and I certainly look very mortal. There were issues about all of that. I was flattered. Of course, I said yes. I didn’t have to think about that part. And then I wondered, where are they going to go with this?
de Lancie also revealed how he felt about fan reaction to the announcement of his return:
Well, as you were saying that just now, what I felt was mostly was, Oh shit. [Laughs] The pressure is on! That’s how I feel about it. I find that to be a challenge. I hope that I can match it. I hope that we all can match it, and more to the point, exceed it. [Laughs] This is one of the reasons I stay away from all this stuff. I kind of just have to stay in the world of what can be done, and what cannot be done, and not to get too pressurized in all this.
The actor confirmed he has already begun on production for season two, revealing what it has been like to work with Sir Patrick Stewart again:
It was fun. My own issues have always been the same. I have to put in a lot of homework because I’m very dyslexic and I just have to work really hard to get all of that into RAM, as it were. And then once that’s done, I’m there to play. And so it was just fun. That type of preparation has paid off and you’re just ready to rock and roll.
More Q in season two
Word of the return of Q first came late last year when de Lancie indicated he was coming back to Star Trek in a Cameo video. And this week he dropped another hint on Cameo. In a birthday video one fan got for his brother, de Lancie indicated he would be appearing in multiple episodes:
During the First Contact Day panels which were released this week but previously recorded, Stewart and de Lancie spoke as if he had yet to start work on the show, which began production in February. So it’s likely that Q shows up around the fourth episode of season two. de Lancie may have started this week. One clue is a tweet sent out yesterday by executive producer and showrunner Terry Matalas saying Thursday was “the coolest day ever” on the set of Picard.
— Terry Matalas (@TerryMatalas) April 8, 2021
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