Paramount+ is starting to build up buzz for the upcoming second season of Star Trek: Picard following this week’s big announcement of a release date. The latest update is the first official image for the season, which has a bit of a story to tell, plus some commentary from the showrunners.
This new image from Picard season two comes via TV Insider as part of a preview of returning series for 2022. It shows Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard at his chateau holding a book and speaking to (likely) Laris, his Romulan housekeeper and confidant, played by Orla Brady (who is confirmed to be returning).
A few things stand out from this image, most notably Jean-Luc Picard’s outfit with a new uniform and Starfleet pin. This appears to confirm that following the events of season one, Picard returns to Starfleet and is reinstated as an admiral. Co-showrunner Terry Matalas confirmed on Twitter that Picard’s outfit is an “homage to the Kirk movie era pins and uniform.”
While the previously released trailers have focused on how Picard and his crew will travel into a different timeline and also into the past, the above image could be from the calm before the storm with Picard back as an admiral in the Prime Timeline around 2399. There was also a shot from one of the previous trailers that indicated Picard had returned to Starfleet in the Prime Timeline, showing him in an Admiral uniform speaking at Starfleet Academy. Although with Q and alternate timelines as part of the season, the new image could possibly be from a different timeline.
Picard is also in a different uniform in the fascist timeline in a different trailer released later last year. So one thing is clear: Picard is getting a lot of new outfits in season two.
The bookshelf also contains what looks like one of the gold Enterprise models from the USS Enterprise-E Observation lounge. It appears to be the Enterprise-C which is an interesting choice given that Picard commanded the Enterprise-D. Assuming this is an early scene, it could be a subtle clue to the time travel and parallel universes coming later in season two and Guinan’s connection to that, all part of the classic episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” which features the Enterprise-C. The interlocking cube sculpture could also be a clue to the multidimensional madness in store for Picard.
Showrunners talk Picard’s past
The TV Insider update also includes some brief comments about season two from co-showrunners Terry Matalas and Akiva Goldsman:
“Looking through Picard’s history we found [he’s had] an inability to sustain long-term romantic relationships,” says cocreator Akiva Goldsman. “That was our cue to understand how the past defines the present.” Adds co-showrunner/exec producer Terry Matalas, Season 2 “ties into another [part] of his past and a story that hasn’t been told.”
The article re-re-confirms Whoopi Goldberg’s return as Guinan and that the season will include “more traveling through space—and time,” as seen in previously released trailers.
ICYMI – New poster
Yesterday Paramount+ also released a new poster for the season, featuring Picard and Q (John de Lancie) looking very serious.
Season two of Star Trek: Picard arrives on Paramount+ on March 3rd.
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