The big news for season two of Star Trek: Picard is that John de Lancie is returning to play Q, appearing in multiple episodes of the season. The actor is about to wrap up and he is now reflecting on his work.
Finishing “nice run” as Q
We have been keeping track of John de Lancie’s video messages to his fans on Cameo about his work on the second season of Star Trek: Picard. In some of his latest videos, the actor has been giving updates on how he will be wrapping up within days:
I am finishing up my last couple of scenes on Picard. And that will have been season two. I’m back [as Q].
I’m on Picard right now. As a matter of fact on Tuesday I finish up my last scene for season two. It’s a different Q, but hey, it’s 34 years so I am a different John.
I’m on Picard. Next Tuesday I will be doing my last scene. It’s been a nice run.
De Lancie began work on the show around the beginning of April and he previously revealed he will be shooting six episodes. Last month he said his work on the show will be his “final carrying on with Jean-Luc Picard.” He has also indicated that the Picard production will be shooting seasons two and three back-to-back, so production may continue after the actor wraps up.
Dealing with moral issues in season 2
De Lancie’s message that his Q is different in season two has been a common theme of his Cameo messages over the last few months. In one from last week, he really emphasized this point:
I am going to be on Picard. A VERY different Q this time. We will see how everyone feels about it. I think it’s pretty good, though.
The actor has previously said that he is “annoying the shit out of Picard” in season two, so some things don’t change. In another recent Cameo video asking the actor for advice, he responded:
I’m not very good at advice stuff. I’m mostly good at banging people’s heads together, like Picard said. Which I do in Picard! So watch that.
But in another new video, de Lancie talked about how Star Trek has always been a show about asking questions and that his Q helps spark these moral discussions. And this will continue in season two where he is more than just a provocateur:
I have this sort of composite idea… of families getting together… and eating dinner and watching [Star Trek] and most importantly, talking about it afterwards. And because Star Trek is like secular cautionary tales, or moral tales of a secular nature, it just gave families something to talk about, and to ponder. I love all that stuff. By the way, I’m in it again. I’m doing Picard right now, and actually memorizing some lines right now that have just that type of kind of moral issue involved.
Star Trek: Picard season two will arrive in 2022.
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