John de Lancie’s Q is an essential part of the second season of Star Trek: Picard, and that is made even clearer with a brand new poster. We also have an update from the man himself and reactions to yesterday’s big news from the cast.
New S2 poster
Yesterday Paramount+ outlined their Star Trek plans for 2022, including the announcement that the second season of Star Trek: Picard will arrive on March 3rd. Today, Paramount+ released a new key art poster for the season featuring Jean Luc-Picard alongside his longtime foil Q.
Picard’s second season kicks off on Thursday, March 3, the same day as the eleventh episode of Discovery season four. The Discovery/Picard overlap will continue for two more weeks as new episodes arrive each Thursday. The 10-episode season will wrap up on May 5th, the same day as the premiere of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
De Lancie on Q’s Agenda
John de Lancie has talked often about Q being a bit different in season two. Just a few days ago we reported on his comments during an online panel explaining how this new Q differs from the old one, saying the impish godlike being has “very strong internal motivation and a desire to get Picard to do something.”
And the actor also alluded to Q’s motivation in a recent Cameo video message:
It’s a somewhat different Q… an older Q, a more mature Q, a Q with an agenda. A Q with a real sense that something’s got to get done.
While trailers for Picard season two include Q referencing his final Star Trek: The Next Generation line that “the trial never ends,” these more recent comments from de Lancie indicate there could be something more going on than just another one of Q’s tests or games. It could be that Q needs Picard’s help. But would could be so insurmountable that could have the godlike being needing help from a mere mortal?
Cast hypes the season
Series star Sir Patrick Stewart took to Twitter today to share the release date news and new poster with the message “The wait is over.” He also reminded international fans the show will be available in Canada on Crave (and CTV Sci-Fi) and internationally on Amazon Prime Video.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) January 19, 2022
Michelle Hurd (Raffi) joined in on the hype, telling fans she “can’t wait for you to go in this wild adventure with us!”
Second season release date is here: March 3rd!! Can't wait for you to go in this wild adventure with us!!!! So excited 😊 🖖🏾🖤 pic.twitter.com/up6ZMlGhxr
— Michelle Hurd (@ItsMichelleHurd) January 18, 2022
Santiago Cabrera (Rios) posted a “Captain’s log” on Instagram announcing the date and adding, “Hold onto your seats, time is of the essence. ”
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And TNG star Jonathan Frakes, who directed two episodes of season two, also shared the news with the simple message “Make it so.”
Make it so 🖖🏾 pic.twitter.com/cuLa1Z4sto
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) January 18, 2022
Trailer gets updated with new date
The season two trailer released on Star Trek Day has been updated with the new release date and re-released by Paramount+. There are no other changes besides “February” being swapped out for “March 3rd,” but it’s a chance to get a refresher on what is to come.
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