One of the stars of Star Trek: Picard is talking about the upcoming season of the show and confirmed what was starting to become a bit of a mystery.
Michelle Hurd on “very different” season two
Production on the second season of Star Trek: Picard wrapped in early September, and they have already moved on to shooting season three. Actress Michelle Hurd sent out a Cameo video which was posted on YouTube (via fan Timothy Roy) where she talks about the work done on season two and gave a hint of what is in store for her character Raffi Musiker:
I think you guys are going to really enjoy season two, it’s very different. It’s a very challenging ride for Raffi, but it is filled with some great guests… some very interesting things happen.
Whoopi is “the bomb”
Hurd went on to specifically talk about some of those season two guest stars:
Working with Whoopi and John de Lancie, it’s the same for me as working with Sir Patrick Stewart. I pinch myself. I am a fan too, I literally pinch myself when on set or get to work with these amazing iconic creatures.
John de Lancie’s return as Q has been a big part of the promotion for season two. Paramount+ announced his casting in April, and he has been featured in all three trailers, and he has been talking openly about his role in his own Cameo appearances. However, Goldberg’s return as Guinan’s has been a bit of a mystery—until now, when it was re-confirmed by Hurd. The actress went on to talk effusively about working with Goldberg:
I’ve got to say, Whoopi is the bomb. She is SO cool. She is just cool, she is just Whoopi. That’s all you can say.
In early 2020, star Sir Patrick Stewart invited Goldberg to appear in season two in a high-profile appearance on The View, and later that year, writer/executive producer Michael Chabon spoke about working on scenes for Guinan. However, Goldberg’s return as Guinan has not been officially confirmed by Paramount+, and she has not appeared in any promotions for the show. Last year (before production began) Goldberg did say she would “hopefully” be part of the show, but on Star Trek Day, co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman was pointedly silent when asked about Guinan’s return. It appears that Goldberg’s return as Guinan is being treated as a bit of a secret, even though it is an open one.
How will Guinan fit into season 2?
Goldberg appeared as Guinan in 29 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation between seasons two and six. The producers were so excited to have the Oscar-winning actress on the series they built a whole new “Ten Forward” set for her wise El-Aurian bartender character, who had a special relationship with Jean-Luc Picard. Goldberg also played a key role in Star Trek Generations, where she helped Picard escape from the fantasy world of the Nexus. The actress last appeared briefly as Guinan in the 2002 film Star Trek Nemesis.
Nothing is known about how Guinan may fit into season two of Picard. The character has, of course, demonstrated a special ability to sense changes in timelines, which could factor into the time travel and alternate timelines featured in the upcoming season. El-Aurians are quite long-lived so she could potentially show up at different points on the timeline. In addition, Guinan had a particularly adversarial relationship with de Lancie’s Q, which indicated that the two had some shared mysterious past.
Season two of Star Trek: Picard arrives in February on Paramount+.
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