Ever since it was announced last month that John de Lanice was returning to reprise his iconic role as Q in Star Trek: Picard the actor has been dropping hints for what’s next on the series headed by Sir Patrick Stewart. In the latest updates, de Lancie appears to reveal a surprising character return.
[SPOILER] is back?
John de Lancie continues to bring up his work on Star Trek: Picard for his Cameo videos. In past updates, he has let us know that Q was “annoying the s#!t out of Picard” in season two and he even revealed they are shooting season two and season three back-to-back. He has spoken extensively about doing scenes with Patrick Stewart and said he would be working with other members of the Picard cast. In his latest update he mentions working with two TNG cast members who were also part of Picard season one:
I am back into the Star Trek Universe. I am doing Picard right now with – of all people – Mr. Picard. So, that’s been great fun. It’s been great fun to see Patrick, to see Brent [Spiner], and to see Jonathan [Frakes]. I am going to be working with Jonathan coming up here in a couple of weeks. So, it’s great fun.
Last year Jonathan Frakes told TrekMovie he expected to be returning to direct in season two and de Lancie has previously mentioned he was going to be working with Frakes as a director. As for Brent Spiner, Paramount+ previously confirmed the actor would be returning for season two. It has been presumed Spiner would be reprising his season one role as Dr. Altan Inigo Soong. However, in another Cameo video, de Lancie said something surprising:
I am on the next season of Picard. And Sir Patrick and I have had a whole bunch of scenes, which we thoroughly enjoyed working with each other. I have got one coming up with Data on this coming Tuesday. So yeah, we are moving along.
Having a scene with Soong and Q would not be that surprising, but a scene with Q and Data is noteworthy. Brent Spiner’s Data (or more specifically the remnant of Data that existed in his brother B-4) was literally laid to rest in the season one finale. Co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman has previously said that the character of Inigo Soong was created to give Spiner a platform to stay with the show after this death of Data. Spiner had also indicated he had finally put the iconic android role behind him.
It’s possible that de Lancie misspoke, however, it is possible we could see Data again, but not necessarily the same Data that died at the end of season one. The Picard teaser trailer released last month telegraphed that the season will deal with time travel and possibly even alternate timelines. Having god-like powers to travel time and space would allow for Q to pop in anywhere and anytime, including where Data (or some version of Data) is still fully operational.
Playing Q again is a snap, but still learning more
Counting his latest in Star Trek: Lower Decks, John de Lancie had appeared in 13 total Star Trek episodes before Picard, which will add six to his resume spread across two seasons. In another Cameo, the actor says that he is still learning more about the character:
I started shooting not too long ago and it’s really fun to be back in the Star Trek universe. It’s a different Q this time. A little different. I think that the audience will understand and appreciate it and I am looking forward to every time a new script comes in, I learn a little bit more about my character, as it were.
While he has talked about how the role is different this time, de Lancie said it was easy to return to the role he first played in 1987:
Patrick was delighted to see me the first couple of days. But because my character is wont to be REALLY annoying, he began saying, “How long are you going to be on the show?” So you have that to look forward to and so do I. I have found that it is really fun actually to be back. And it was not difficult to climb into those shoes again. I did go around the house – as my kids would explain to me – doing this [Q’s trademark snap] saying, “pick that up, let’s go, we’re late!” So all of that hasn’t really changed for me, so it was very easy.
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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