Since his return as Q in Star Trek: Picard was revealed in April we have been keeping track of what John de Lancie shares with his fans, and in his latest updates, he talks about a TNG reunion of sorts on the set and more.
Old home week on the set of Star Trek: Picard
Our May update on John de Lancie’s Cameo posts had him revealing he was going to be working with Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes on season two of Star Trek: Picard. In his latest videos, the actor has been talking about this reunion of actors from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Here are some examples from different videos:
I am back in the Star Trek universe working with he likes of Sir Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes, who has been directing the episodes I have been doing right now. He always makes things better than they are.
[I have] some wonderful scenes with Patrick [and] a nice scene with Brent. Also it was directed by Jonathan, which was great fun. So, we are toodling along. We are creating great stories for you guys…
I’ve been having a really nice time working with Sir Patrick and with Brent, that was great fun. And with Jonathan Frakes, who just makes shooting a party…
It’s been a lot of fun working with Patrick and Jonathan Frakes and with Brent. It’s a little bit like old home week as it were, after many many years…
This confirms the assumption that Jonathan Frakes is directing, but not appearing as Riker (as he did in season one), at least for the scenes de Lancie has been talking about. As for Brent Spiner, Paramount+ has confirmed he is returning in season two. In season one Spiner appeared as the new character Dr. Altan Soong as well as reprising the TNG role of Data, who died (again) at the end of the season. In our previous update, we reported that de Lancie had said in one video that he would be doing a scene with “Data.” While he may have misspoken, the teaser trailer released last week showing what appears to be an alternate timeline could easily allow for Spiner to return as Data, again.
One thing that stood out from the Picard teaser from last week is that the production didn’t de-age de Lancie as Q as he first appeared to Jean-Luc Picard, even though Q is essentially immortal. de Lancie talked about how Q on Picard is a bit different than the character seen in the TNG era:
[I’m] a little bit of a different Q this time. A little more age-appropriate, what can I say? It’s been a long time since I put on that hat as it were…
It’s going to be a different Q as well as it should. It’s not quite octogenarian Q, but time has gone by. So, it will be a different Q. Other than I am still there to annoy Jean-Luc as much as I can. And I think I do it pretty well.
de Lancie fought to add humor to Q on TNG
In one of his videos, John de Lancie spoke about the origins of Q on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Even though the character is known for elements of humor, the actor reveals that this was a point of disagreement in his first appearance in the TNG pilot:
“[Q] didn’t quite start out [with humor and nuance]. When I first did it, Patrick Stewart came over 34 years ago with Corey Allen the director. And we sat in my backyard here and we banged out lines. And Corey would say to me whenever I would send something up, he would say, “Oh, no no no. He’s got to be really right down the middle. He’s evil. He’s a villain.” And I go, “No, no. Smile and be a villain.” Otherwise I just became a cartoon. So he sort of pressed most of that out of me for “[Encounter at] Farpoint,” but when I got my second chance I began bringing a little humor in. Hey, life is short. We need a few laughs every once in a while.”
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