The release of the second Star Trek: Picard season two teaser trailer earlier this week on Captain Picard Day gave us our first real look at season two. As usual, we’ll dive in to see what we can suss out.
A visit from an old frenemy
The trailer opens with the familiar: an establishing shot of Chateau Picard, where Jean-Luc Picard retired after resigning from Starfleet. We see Picard enter the house calling out for Laris, his Romulan housekeeper.
Picard is wearing an unfamiliar black uniform, which includes a variation on a Starfleet badge. He appears to be confused and upset: “What the hell is happening here?”
UPDATE: Although difficult to make out, through enhancing the image, Picard’s badge shows four stripes, likely indicating Captain rank in this alternate Starfleet. This style of bars of rank on badges has been used in alternate history episodes of TNG before, but not this exact design.
He then hears a familiar voice – somewhat distorted – say, “Excellent question, Jean-Luc… Oh dear, you are a bit older than I imagined.” The music reaches a crescendo as we hear the unmistakable voice of John de Lancie say “Mon Capitan, how I’ve missed you.”
His old adversary from Star Trek: The Next Generation emerges, also wearing a black outfit, with some kind of black and silver insignia. Picard exclaims, “Q.” Q then approaches Picard, looking a bit menacing.
A meeting at Starfleet… but when?
Cut to an establishing shot of a conference room at Starfleet Command.
Q narrates over this scene: “Welcome, my friend, to the very end of the road not taken…”
We see Picard as an admiral addressing a summit. Raffi can also be seen to his immediate right. The flags present are (from L-R) Klingon Empire, Tellar, United Federation of Planets, Starfleet, Starfleet Academy, Vulcan, Bajor, and The Ferengi Alliance. It’s a bit of an odd mix, but should not be seen as an indication that Bajor, Ferenginar, or the Klingons have joined the Federation. It’s possible this is a flashback to a meeting regarding the Romulan supernova and refugee crisis in the mid-2380s.
Picard is wearing what looks like a dress version of the 2380s Starfleet uniform seen in flashbacks during season one of Picard. However, the badge he is wearing is the same as the one used by Starfleet in 2399. This may mean that the summit takes place sometime between 2385 and 2399. Being that Picard resigned in 2385, this would make it an alternate timeline. Another possibility would be this shot is set in the Prime timeline in 2399 (or 2400) after the events of season one, with Picard and Raffi rejoining Starfleet.
Our characters in a broken time
An unknown female voice says “Time has been broken.”
We get a quick glance of Elnor with wild wavy hair and Raffi with her hair combed straight down, running from trouble on the city streets.
Laris with long hair looking past the camera worriedly.
Light breaks through the trees outside of some buildings.
We see Soji (or perhaps Dahj, who might still be alive in this fractured timeline) looking dressed up as if she’s attending a fancy event. She wears two pins; one is the two circles that represent fractal neuronic cloning, which we saw as a necklace in season one.
The second is harder to make out, but it’s a blue circle with small lighter colored elements inside. Maybe it’s Earth or has something to do with the oceans?
Dr. Agnes Jurati looks ominously at the camera.
Cris Rios looks confused, as his outfit has changed to a new dark coat with a large Starfleet badge similar to what we saw Picard wearing. His ship is now branded with the alternate Starfleet insignia. Perhaps La Sirena was conscripted into service in this timeline?
We get a close-up on the badge: Unlike traditional Starfleet badges, this is symmetrical with sword-like edges. There is one bar on Rios’ badge, possibly indicating the rank of lieutenant.
Jean-Luc swears to his motley crew, “We can save the future, and I can get us home together.”
Seven, or perhaps Annika?
Elsewhere, Seven of Nine wakes up startled. She finds herself in a bed big enough for two, and clearly has a side of the bed that’s hers. No indication of who the other side belongs to.
As she moves out of bed, she sees an insignia pin. It’s not clear what this represents. There’s a star in the middle somewhat typical of what’s in the center of a command delta for Starfleet, but the crest around it with dots likely means this is an alternate universe UFP insignia.
From the looks of it, this version of the Federation only has a handful of worlds. The badge could imply Annika is a civilian advisor or diplomat for the Federation, and not a Starfleet officer.
She looks in the mirror to see a perfectly normal human face. No Borg implants (or implant scars) at all. Could it be that Annika Hansen was never captured by the Borg in this fractured timeline? Take note of what is almost certainly a wedding band on her left hand in the mirror.
Also released with the teaser video was a poster with a highly photoshopped, yet nonetheless clearly identifiable, current-day (or close to it) downtown Los Angeles with the system of crisscrossing freeways around L.A. shaped into a delta. The trailer also has a downtown Los Angeles connection with the shot of Soji and the one immediately preceding showing the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Disney Hall at the Los Angeles Music Center.
Since we’ve been told time is broken, it seems likely we’ll be seeing something of an alternate present-day or near future on Earth. Patrick Stewart hinted at something like this as a possibility back in January when he said of season two:
There are issues that are very contemporary… there is a sense that things have gone wrong and they need to be put back on track again.
Perhaps going back to contemporary Los Angeles is the key to putting things “back on track.”
The second season of Picard is currently in production in Southern California. As stated in this latest teaser, season two arrives on Paramount+ in 2022. It will also be available on CTV Sci-Fi and Crave in Canada, and Amazon Prime Video internationally.
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