John de Lancie is still at work on Star Trek: Picard and he is keeping his fans up-to-date through personalized messages posted online, many of which have new revelations about his return as Q.
Goodbye to Q?
In John de Lancie’s latest Cameo posts, the actor provided an update on how things are going on Picard, including revealing how much more work he has left:
“Q is back. Kind of a different Q, I must say. An older Q, no question about that. It’s been actually great. I have really enjoyed working with Patrick [Stewart]. I have enjoyed working with Brent [Spiner] and Jonathan Frakes. I’ve got two more episodes to do. So, things are good in Q land…
Q is back in the Star Trek Universe, making Picard’s life a little more difficult. It’s been actually great fun to work with Patrick, great fun working with Jonathan Frakes who was directing one of the episodes I was in, and great fun to work with Brent.”
While Paramount+ has confirmed that Brent Spiner is returning in season two, it still isn’t clear which character he’s playing. In a previous update, we reported that de Lancie said he was doing a scene with Data. While he may have misspoken, the alternate timeline indicated by the recent teaser trailer could allow for Spiner to play the android one more time.
De Lancie has also said he will be doing a total of six episodes, and has also indicated the show is filming seasons two and three back-to-back. It isn’t clear at this point if all six of his episodes are in season two, but it sounds like he may be wrapping up his time in the near future. In fact, in another message the actor indicated he this may be his swan song in Star Trek, or at least with regards to Jean-Luc Picard:
“You are going to be seeing me soon on Picard. I come back – not in a walker, but close to it. It’s my final carryings on with Jean-Luc Picard.”
A philosophical Q
De Lancie also gave a hint on what kind of tone we may see with this “different” Q. In response to a Cameo fan message about Q putting humanity on trial, de Lancie revealed:
“As the person who portrays Q, there are times that I wonder [if humanity is worthy] myself… You will be happy to know I am on Picard and many of the discussions I have had of late have been about just that – moral ideas… I think that the character of Q works best in the philosophical zone.”
Mariachi Q improv
In one of his videos, John de Lancie spoke about the famous closing scene of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Deja Q,” where he appeared with a mariachi band. The actor revealed the scene as actually rushed and filmed at the end of a long day, so he did some improvising:
“It was shot at about 11:45 on a Wednesday night. Why? Because the next day was Thanksgiving and we could go midnight that night and we were running out of time. We set up the scene very close, maybe around 11:30, which means pulling the cameras in and getting everything, lighting and what have you. We knew we had a very short period of time. And I pulled out of the hat my experience from Days of our Lives. I had worked on Days of our Lives for three years on another character – Eugene -which became very, very popular. I used to do a lot of improv stuff and I just said, “Hey listen guys, we don’t have very much time, just roll the cameras.” And I just literally pulled that scene out of my a… out of my hat.”
While the setup was scripted, it does appear that de Lancie’s lighter take on Q was more his doing. He recently talked about how he had to fight at first to inject some humor into the role, which eventually became a standard part of the character.
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