Season two of Star Trek: Picard will include the return of John de Lancie as Q. In a new update from the actor, he reveals he has finished up his work on the show and draws a comparison between Picard and one of his classic Star Trek: The Next Generation appearances.
All good Q
Our last report from John de Lancie had him revealing he was about to shoot his final scene for Star Trek: Picard season two last week. His latest Cameo videos posted after his final day were actually filmed on his sailboat, where he revealed, “I just finished a bunch of work and I am giving myself four days” to go sailing.
In a video message for a big fan of the Star Trek: The Next Generation finale “All Good Things…,” de Lancie weighed in on how he ranked that among his various guest appearances on multiple Trek shows:
You know what “All Good Things…” is probably my favorite as well. “Tapestry” was also really good. But “All Good Things…” was a really good show.
But the actor wasn’t done yet; he also revealed that the TNG series finale relates to what he has been doing in his six episodes of Star Trek: Picard:
… if you liked that, I think you are going to like Picard. There are a lot of elements about what I am doing on Picard that have a kind of connection with “All Good Things…”… in terms of the breadth of the acting and what have you.
While he sees a parallel with “All Good Things…” the actor has also been pretty consistent about the fact that Q is “very different” in season two of Picard. And in a couple of his last Cameo messages before shooting his final scene, de Lancie stated:
It’s a different story told by different writers…
It’s going to be a very different show, Q-wise.
Picard’s last trial
Widely considered one of the best series finales, the two-part “All Good Things…” featured Q returning to test humanity once again. In the end—and with some help from Q—Captain Jean-Luc Picard was able to identify the source of the crisis—namely, an “anti-time disruption” that was moving backward in time from a point in his future.
The story is primarily set in three separate time frames: 2370 (the “present” for the seventh season of TNG), 2364 (around season one of TNG, when Picard took command of the Enterprise-D and first met Q), and 2395 (an alternate future). Q’s primary role was to move Jean-Luc around to the various times so he could both identify and solve the crisis.
In their last moment together in “All Good Things…” Q appears again to Picard in his judge’s robes, as he did in the series premiere. Picard thanks him for his help and says he hoped it was the last time he would be in Q’s courtroom, to which Q says, “You just don’t get it, Jean-Luc, the trial never ends.” (Watch the scene below, starting at 4:06.)
The trial never ends
A connection to this episode has actually already been made to season two of Picard. The first teaser trailer (which you can see below) had a consistent theme about time, but it also ended with John de Lancie’s voice as Q saying his iconic “The trial never ends” line again.
The first season of Star Trek: Picard left off in the year 2399, with season two likely picking up soon after. However, the second teaser trailer released in June (also below) made it even clearer that the season was going to deal with time travel and/or alternate timelines, just like “All Good Things…”
Over the last couple of months, de Lancie has revealed he appears in six of the ten-episode season, and he will primarily be doing scenes with Sir Patrick Stewart, where he will be “annoying the shit out of Picard.” The actor also talked about how “the trial” is different on Picard:
I don’t particularly put humanity on trial as much as I put Picard on trial. I’m back on the show in Picard and I make his life REALLY annoying, so tune in.
If season two deals with Jean-Luc Picard and his crew in an alternate timeline, it could be that this is just an extension of the Q Continuum trial. But in “All Good Things…” Q did end up helping Picard and even got a thank you for the whole ordeal, so perhaps on Picard, Q is there for more than just annoying and testing “mon capitaine.”
Update from showrunner
De Lancie may have gone sailing, but work continued last week on Picard. On Friday evening (August 20), showrunner Terry Matalas tweeted “Just another day”from the set of Picard, with a brief video clip of a Starfleet red alert display.
— Terry Matalas (@TerryMatalas) August 21, 2021
The two other live-action Trek shows on the Paramount Plus slate have already wrapped up, with Strange New Worlds finishing season one in late July, and Discovery season four finishing just yesterday. Picard started production on its second season in February, around the same time as Strange New Worlds, and both have the same number of episodes, so with de Lancie wrapping up, it’s likely that filming the second season is close to being done. However, there have been reports that the show will be moving into production on its third season with back-t0-back production, so the Picard production crew may not finish up until 2022.
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