A big part of the upcoming second season of Star Trek: Picard is the return of the character Q, the enigmatic superbeing and longtime foil of Jean-Luc Picard. We have seen Q in trailers for the season and now we are learning a bit more about why Q is back.
De Lancie talks Q’s motivation.
Today during a guest star panel for the Trek Talks Telethon, John de Lancie talked about how playing Q on Picard wasn’t too hard as the role just comes naturally to him:
Well, I play a jerk, so it’s really easy to approach that yet again, it’s not difficult. [laughs] It was nice to do. It was not difficult to bring it up again. We all play pretty close to who we are… at least I am. The material had a lot of the same vibes about it… The intentions are still the same. I’m still Picard’s main squeeze. And I’m pushing.
But the actor also made it clear that before signing on he wanted assurances that the role wasn’t just going to be the same as it was on Star Trek: The Next Generation:
I am very concerned about recreating, that has a lot of potential disasters attached to it. So I said, “We are not trying to recreate something? We are going to move from here, forward?” And they said, “Yes, yes, yes.”
De Lancie has previously talked about how he was playing a “different” and “more serious” Q on Picard. During the telethon, he offered some more detail, including hinting at Q’s motivation:
It isn’t in fact a Q of 34 years years ago. It would be unseemly to be playing it that way. He’s older, more mature, a little more focused individual, with a very strong internal motivation and a desire to get Picard to do something. But if I tried to do it the way I acted back then, I think it wouldn’t be good. It is different and it’s intended to be a little different.
The previously released trailers have revealed that season two of Picard has the crew jumping into a darker fascistic timeline, and traveling back to contemporary Los Angeles. De Lancie’s Q can be seen throughout and he appears in at least six of the ten episodes in season two. So now the question is: What is this “something” that is so important to Q that he wants Picard to do? And is this how or why they end up in the different timeline and/or back in time?
Hopefully, we will find out soon when Picard season two debuts. Paramount+ had announced season two was to arrive in February, however that was before they announced that Discovery season four was taking a five-week hiatus, returning in February. So, it’s reasonable to assume Picard will be pushed back.
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