Just days after announcing the March 3rd premiere date for Star Trek: Picard season two, Paramount+ released the fourth (and likely last) trailer. They saved the best for last as this exciting, fast-paced promo is full of clues for what is coming along with revealing a number of nods to Trek lore. Combined with the previous trailers along with what has been said by the cast and crew, a clearer picture is starting to take shape, but there are also new mysteries being unveiled. So it is once again time for TrekMovie to do a trailer deep dive. The following analysis is based on our own observations along with previous reporting, as well as some educated speculation. And it contains potential spoilers.
Instead of presenting the trailer as it rolls, we are going to attempt to re-order it into our best guess as to the sequence of events in season two, which will involve multiple time and universe settings, so strap in…
Starting in Prime 2400
Season two likely starts off after some time has passed after season one, so we will assume it is the year 2400 in the Prime Universe. This may not be a major part of season two, but it serves as a starting point. We see evidence of this in the official photo released earlier this week featuring Jean-Luc Picard back in uniform (a new variant, with a new pin that is an homage to the movie era style) with Laris at his Chateau on Earth. It appears that Picard has rejoined Starfleet as an admiral.
Laris advises Picard
The new trailer includes a moment between Picard and Laris at his Chateau, she tells him “you’ll have to let go,” possibly referring to some of his crew from season one, now that he is back in Starfleet.
Seven in action
We also get a clue as to what the other characters are up to at the beginning of the season, and maybe why Laris is advising Picard to distance himself. There is one quick shot showing Seven of Nine (with her Borg implants) on a Starfleet ship pointing a phaser with Dr. Jurati behind her. It’s possible Seven has returned to her Fenris Ranger ways and is seeking some vengeance. Or maybe she is there to help Jurati, who may be in custody for killing Bruce Maddox in season one.
An earlier shot shows Jurati in the same outfit looking startled, in front of a display showing her to be on a Starfleet ship.
Much of the new trailer takes place in an alternate 2400, a much darker one described by Picard in a previous trailer as a “totalitarian nightmare” caused by Q going back in time.
An establishing shot shows Earth surrounded by a hexagonal defensive grid.
The camera zooms in to France, the location of Chateau Picard.
Q arrives at the new chateau
Picard wakes up in this new reality, aware something has changed. He looks up at the dome of an atrium where you can see the grid pattern in the sky. In voiceover, we hear Q, “Well hello, my friend.”
Picard, now in a different uniform, tours this alternative version of his Chateau in shock, which includes a portrait of a different and much more aggressive-looking USS Enterprise-D in battle against the Borg. He asks, “What is this? What have you done?”
Q appears, telling Picard “welcome to the road not taken.”
An angry god
Later Q is seen angrily snapping his finger, possibly to leave Picard on his own. Q could be angry due to Picard refusing a request. John de Lancie has recently stated in season two, Q has a “very strong internal motivation and a desire to get Picard to do something” and “a real sense that something’s got to get done.”
Seven faces a new reality
Seven of Nine awakens in this new alternative universe, and now her Borg implants are gone. Here she is likely just Annika Hansen, having never been assimilated by the Borg.
In voiceover, she asks, “Do you have any idea what has happened here?” and “Reality has been broken.,” as she inspects where her eye implant should be.
Elnor on the run
Picard’s Qowat Milat guardian Elnor runs through a marketplace, under fire from guards on walkways. This could be some kind of Romulan refugee camp or ghetto for aliens in this fascistic timeline.
Raffi can later be seen upset over a wounded Elnor.
Rios back in uniform
Cristobal Rios finds himself on a slightly modified version of La Sirena, now in an alternative Starfleet uniform.
Later in the trailer, a reverse shot shows La Sirena under attack from what may be a small Vulcan ship (note curved partial ring nacelles), which itself is being pursued by two ships of the same class as La Sirena. The Vulcans could be at war with this new Federation or this could be a renegade faction.
Crew reunited… and fighting
Later Rios fights one of the black uniform guys in the atrium at Picard’s chateau.
Picard goes to 10 Foreward
In voiceover Picard says, “There is a divergence” and “I know someone who could help us understand the change in time.” Picard looks up to see a sign reading “City of Greater Los Angeles” and the “Foreward Avenue Historic District,” explaining why in 2400 the area looks somewhat contemporary, although there are some futuristic touches, like some Cardassian structural elements behind Picard.
Picard heads into the address marked 10, making it 10 Forward Ave, an obvious homage to the Ten Forward Bar on the USS Enterprise-D.
Picard enters 10 Forward Avenue, where an Andorian can be seen at one of the tables.
[EASTER EGGS: The panels on the back wall match ones seen in Ten Forward, and the sign for Aranis Lager matches one from the McCoy bar scene in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock]
Guidance from Guinan
Like Ten Forward, this 10 Forward is revealed to be run by Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg) who immediately senses Jean-Luc has entered and orders up his signature beverage, “I’m going to need some tea. Earl Grey, piping hot.”
Picard, who has described his relationship with Guinan as “more than friends, more than family” warmly embraces her.
Presumedly, Picard is at this alternative 10 Forward to see Guinan because she is capable of sensing changes in timelines, as revealed in the TNG episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise.” Now seated for a drink, she tells him, “Your answers are not in the stars, and they never have been.”
The trailer concludes with more of their conversation, with Guinan telling her old friend, “I believe you have one final frontier yet to come” as the pair toast.
A plan takes shape
Picard is back on La Sirena with his crew, and in voiceover says “We are stronger, together.”
He says to Jurati, “You must bring us home.”
Still in the alternate 2400, the plan is to go back in time, and the previous trailer indicated a big part of that plan was stealing a captive Borg Queen and plugging her into La Sirena. The Borg may have been defeated in this timeline, as indicated in the above painting at Picard’s chateau.
Prepping the ship for a Queen
Seven and Raffi work on La Sirena, possibly to prepare it for the Queen. Elnor stands guard.
Escape from Earth
The new trailer shows La Sirena and the crew escaping from Earth while being pursued by the Alternate Starfleet.
Onboard are Picard and his crew, with La Sirena’s engine now glowing green due to the Borg Queen being plugged in.
La Sirena has to engage, resulting in exploding consoles and corridors on the pursuing ships.
Slingshot around the sun
The trailer actually starts with this time travel segment, with Picard in voiceover saying, “There are some moments that haunt us all our lives… moments upon which history turns.” We see Picard as time distorts…
This segment includes a series of quick flashes that could be from the moment of time travel or just trailer editing. The flashes include…
A 21st century astronaut reaching for a floating pendant.
Brent Spiner as yet another Soong.
Someone holding a knife.
Picard reaching out to Laris in a tender moment.
… and finally, Annie Wersching as the Borg Queen
Welcome (back) to Earth
And with all that, La Sirena exits the time vortex.
After exiting the time vortex, La Sirena approaches Earth, no longer surrounded by a shield.
This trailer finally gave us a date for the time travel as 2024. We presume this is before the moment of divergence for the alternate timeline, making this still the Prime timeline. It may be unrelated but according to Trek future history, World War III kicks off in 2026 and the first contact with Vulcans comes in 2063, during the post-war period. 2024 is also the same year Benjamin Sisko traveled back in time to San Francisco (around 400 miles north of Los Angeles) and participated in the Bell Riots.
I love LA
Specifically, the gang is headed to Los Angeles, as made apparent through various contemporary establishing shots of the city.
Revisiting 10 Forward
As we hear the Queen say “Earth, 2024” in voiceover, Picard beams to the same alley as 10 Forward with a few differences. He is now wearing a different outfit and the environment around the alley is even more contemporary. It’s possible there is a younger version of Guinan at this 10 Forward in 2024 Los Angeles. As an El-Aurian, Guinan is very long-lived and she met Picard on Earth in San Francisco in 1893 (TNG “Time’s Arrow“). [UPDATE: The original version of this article placed this moment in the alternative 2400, but upon further analysis, it appears this is a different visit to the same location, albeit in a different time.]
[EASTER EGGS: Alley includes a Boxing poster homage to “City on the Edge of Forever” when Kirk and Spock traveled back in time to Earth]
The Queen’s warning
The Queen’s voiceover continues, giving us a hint at the team’s goal, saying, “A single change is vastly more dangerous than you realize.”
The Vulcan and the child
The Queen’s warning is cut with shots of what may be at the heart of why they are back in time, showing what looks like a contemporary human boy in a dark forest encountering a Vulcan man who starts a mind meld.
This could be the moment where the timelines diverged, potentially showing Vulcans on Earth earlier than 2063. It could also be a flashback to an earlier time and that boy could be an adult in the 21st century.
A connection to Picard?
However, the shot from the forest is immediately followed up with two quick shots of what appears to be another young boy and an adult Picard, all shown during the Queen’s warning about the dangers of making a “single change.”
Q offers Soong the Blue Pill
Cut to Q in a contemporary setting offering a vial with blue liquid in it to the character played by Brent Spiner, who he (and director Jonathan Frakes) have described as another member of the Soong family.
This Soong is seen later in the trailer inspecting a card with a curious design on it. The design could be in the shape of a Q. It’s possible that Q is passing himself off as a contemporary mortal human in the 21st century.
The woman in the red dress
With more Queen voiceover saying “none of our tomorrows are guaranteed”, Dr. Jurati walks in the middle of a Los Angeles street in a red dress.
Seven and Raffi: buddy cops
Seven drives a stolen police SUV, with Raffi at her side.
[DETAIL: License plate is primarily nines with a seven and a two]
Sevenaffi rescue Rios
The stolen LAPD SUV is likely related to another moment with Seven and Raffi hijacking a prison bus. Raffi uses a device that sends out a pulse, possibly to stun the driver.
Rios uses the opportunity to fight a guard wearing a Homeland Security uniform. He gets a little help from a fellow prisoner.
Seven cuts Rios’ restraint as he says, “This is a very bumpy century… but I think I am getting the hang of it.”
Someone finds the Queen
Possibly related to all the encounters with law enforcement, a contemporary police officer searches a dark (presumably landed) La Sirena, and he finds a Borg surprise.
Later Jurati fends off the Queen, crawling around the ship, possibly freed after the encounter with the cop.
And then there’s this guy
Amongst a series of quick cuts at the end of the trailer is a shot of Picard at a park in Los Angeles, and coming up behind him is a strange-looking guy with scraggly hair and white eyes. We really have no idea what’s going here.
Coming March 3
Picard season two arrives on March 3rd. It will be on Paramount+ in the United States, in Canada it will air on CTV Sci-Fi and stream on Crave, and for the rest of the world, it will be on Amazon Prime Video.
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