We are still pondering last week’s release date news and the new trailer for season two of Star Trek: Picard, but now there is a new cover feature in SFX Magazine that has a lot of insights into what’s coming in March.
Season 2 is about Picard’s heart
Star Trek: Picard is the cover story feature for the brand new issue of SFX Magazine out today, and includes an interview with showrunners Terry Matalas and Akiva Goldsman. They offer a lot of insights into how the new season is different from the last. Goldsman describes the first as being about “rebirth and renewal,” and says the second is about “an exploration of the heart” of Jean-Luc Picard. The pair then explained to SFX how time travel is used for this exploration:
“It’s a time-travel story and all good time-travel tales are emotional at their core, and speak to something that’s happening with your main character,” Matalas explains. “So we started by asking ourselves the question of season one: how do we deconstruct Captain Picard? What don’t we know about him? Why is he on a vineyard by himself with a dog? Why did he never marry Beverly Crusher and have a family of 10? Those are jumping-off points to answer some of those personal mysteries.”
“It will sound extraordinarily facile,” Goldsman volunteers, “but the idea of season two of Picard is that the only thing that actually transcends time – and I don’t mean time travel alone, I also mean emotional time, the kind of stuck in time that comes from trauma – the only thing that transcends time and which heals is love.”
Mr. Q’s wild ride
Goldsman explained how this focus on the heart of the character and “looking inward and looking backward” led them to examine what issues “remained outstanding” for Picard. And this line of thinking led to a particular character…
“One is Q and his ability to maneuver us through time and space and this very interesting relationship that he has with Picard, one that one might say has always been left unresolved. He’s the first relationship on Star Trek: The Next Generation, really, that Picard had,” Matalas adds. “It was about how you tell a story about Q that’s unexpected, and not the same Loki-esque shenanigans that we are used to. How does it have real dramatic weight? And that was our jumping-off point. You will definitely see a side of Q you’ve never seen before. There’s some things going on with Q that are definitely surprising, considering the kind of being he is. And how that would reflect on Jean-Luc Picard and what’s going on with his life at the moment. The first two episodes are a pretty wild ride.”
The feature story on Picard also includes an interview with Q himself, John de Lancie. The actor talked more about how this “much more mature ” Q “clearly has an agenda,” explaining to SFX:
“Clearly something is up, he doesn’t have too much time to screw around. Perhaps he has something to deliver. So hopefully we have threaded that needle, and still provided the storytelling that’s necessary and the catalyst, which is essentially what I am in this season.”
More familiar faces to come
Season one saw a number of familiar faces and characters on Picard. And in addition to de Lancie’s Q, season two will also bring back Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan. But Akiva Goldsman hinted there are more to be revealed:
“[B]y the time these three years are done, those that you know are coming will not be the last.”
Much more in the new SFX
The February 2022 issue of SFX has a lot more from the showrunners and de Lancie as well as an interview with star Sir Patrick Stewart and new images from season two of Picard. The issue is showing up on newsstands now in the UK and soon in the USA and around the world. You can also buy the issue directly online.
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