Once again John de Lancie is dropping clues about season two of Star Trek: Picard, including a re-confirmation about another returning character.
De Lancie hard at work annoying Picard
The big news out of the Paramount+ First Contact Day virtual event was the teaser trailer and panel featuring John de Lancie returning to the role of Q for season two of Star Trek: Picard. However, it wasn’t entirely a surprise that Q was coming back, because late last year he sort of let it slip he was coming back in a Cameo video for a fan.
And since First Contact Day, de Lancie has been back at it, mentioning his Picard return on many of his Cameo videos posted in April. In between wishing various fans happy birthday or congratulations for other events, the actor has repeatedly and effusively talked about how he is “back!” on Star Trek. He has also been dropping some hints about his return.
The videos posted over the last few weeks were recorded both before and after he started shooting. He revealed that he started filming on April 13th for Picard, but has been at work on the show for a month (presumably preparing and rehearsing). You can also see that his hair is a bit shorter, but he still has his beard.
He has also been giving some details on what we can expect to see in Picard season two. In one video (for “Stacy”), de Lancie gave a taste of his return:
By the way, you are going to be seeing more of me. I am on Picard. I guess they really needed someone to come in and really annoy the shit out of Picard and that is exactly what I have been doing for the last month. I’ve been making his life very unpleasant. I’m really proud of that. [laughs]
He offered similar sentiments in a video for “Kyle”:
You might not know this but Q is back and I have been spending the last month really annoying Picard in the new show Picard.
Multiple episodes, under the direction of Jonathan Frakes
In a video for “Seth” he indicated he was in at least two episodes of season two:
The word’s out. I’m coming back to annoy Picard. As a matter of fact, yesterday I really annoyed him. That was episodes one and two.
In two other videos, de Lancie talks about appearing in the season two premiere—which is a bit curious as the show began production in February, so they should have finished a handful of episodes by the time of his April start. It’s possible he was conflating his first episodes with the season’s first, or possibly they are shooting out of order.
In one of the videos posted before he began production (for “Jan” ), he revealed that Jonathan Frakes will be directing the episodes he appears in :
I’m ecstatic… We’ll see what the writers bring. It’s going to be fun, that I know. And the whole notion that Frakes is going to be directing as well is going to be making for some good times.
And in a video recorded last Friday, he talked more about his Picard schedule:
The word is out. I’m back. I spent Tuesday and Wednesday really annoying Mr. Patrick Stewart. Really annoying Picard, as only Q can do. That was great fun. [I’ll be] back on Monday, and Tuesday again or Wednesday. It will be a while before we shoot all of this stuff.
Q will be dealing with Guinan and other Picard characters
Even though Whoopi Goldberg’s return as Guinan for season two of Picard seemed to be confirmed last year, she was not mentioned official press release sent out on First Contact Day earlier this month. On Wednesday a Variety interview with Goldberg confirmed she is currently “preparing to return as Guinan on Star Trek: Picard.”
And in a Cameo video from Tim Roy (see below), de Lancie confirmed Q will also be “harassing” Guinan in Picard. In the same video (which appears to have been shot over the last weekend), de Lancie reveals that his first scenes didn’t involve the new Picard cast, but he will get to them too…
I haven’t met them yet. But I watched their entire first season and thought they were awful good… I will be meeting them soon, in the next three or four days.
Cabrerra celebrates returning to space
One last Picard update for the week is from Santiago Cabrera, who posted an image of himself in front of his trailer, with the message “Sights back up in space. It’s all happening #picard #season2 #rios.”
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ICYMI – Season two teaser
Star Trek: Picard season 2 will arrive in 2022. Here again, is the teaser released on First Contact Day.
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