Star Trek: Picard has been back in production since February, but we’ve just learned about a classic character who will be turning up in season 2.
Borg Queen returns
Actress Annie Wersching is playing the Borg Queen in Star Trek: Picard season 2. The news was first reported by Deadline. Wershing has a recurring role, appearing in multiple seasons two episodes.
The character of the Borg Queen was originally created to provide a villain who could personify the Borg Collective for the 1996 movie Star Trek: First Contact, and was played by Alice Krige. The character returned in a number of episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, played by Susanna Thompson, and Krige returned to play the Queen in the Voyager series finale in 2001.
The Borg played a big role in season one of Picard, focusing on the aftermath of former drones (called xBs) trying to rediscover their identities. This included bringing back the TNG character Hugh (Jonathan Del Arco) and Voyager’s Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan). Season one had some exploration of the lingering impact on Jean-Luc Picard of his assimilation and unwilling transformation into Locutus, which was also explored in First Contact.
The Queen fits into some of the hints we have seen about season two. First Contact was about the Borg going back in time to stop the first contact between humans and Vulcans. From previously released trailers, all indications are that season two of Picard will also deal with time travel and/or alternative timelines. Another hint came today from co-showrunner Terry Matalas, who tweeted, “Watch… your future’s end,” a line of the Queen said to Captain Picard in First Contact.
“Watch… your future’s end.” https://t.co/lkIcnl3X9i
— Terry Matalas (@TerryMatalas) September 2, 2021
A return to Trek for Wershing
Annie Wersching has been on many well-known TV series including 24, The Vampire Diaries, Castle, Timeless, The Rookie, Marvel’s Runaways, and Bosch. And this isn’t her first time in Star Trek either; she played Liana in the 2002 Enterprise episode “Oasis.”
The actress also celebrated her Star Trek news on Twitter with a series of emojis.
— Annie Wersching (@Wersching) September 2, 2021
The Borg Queen isn’t the only classic character returning for season two. John de Lancie will appear in six episodes, reprising his role as the impish omnipotent Q. Also returning are Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine and Brent Spiner, presumably in his season one role as Dr. Altan Inigo Soong. There were also early reports that Whoopi Goldberg would be reprising her TNG role of Guinan.
Hiding in plain sight
It turns out there was a big clue about the Borg Queen being part of season two that missed our notice. The season two teaser trailer released in April ended showing a Queen of Hearts playing card, that dissolved to just show the letter Q. At the time this Queen clue was seen as both tied to the opening scene of Picard season one where Data held a hand made up entirely of Queens, as well as a clear clue about Q himself. However, Picard production designer Dave Blass poked fans on Twitter with the message “I bet you missed that Queen just sitting on the table.”
— Dave Blass (@DaveBlass) September 2, 2021
Star Trek: Picard season two arrives in 2022.
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