Last Friday we got a new trailer for season two of Star Trek: Picard, and today we have new images from the first two episodes.
Episode 201 images
There are six images identified as being from the first episode of season two, including one that was released last week. These make it clear that the jump into the totalitarian alternate timeline takes place in this episode, along with the first appearance of John de Lancie as Q.
These first two images likely come from earlier in the episode, still set in the Prime Universe following the events of season one. And it appears Jean-Luc Picard is back at his Chateau in France, and also back in uniform as a Starfleet Admiral. He appears to be speaking to Laris (Orla Brady).
The other four images show Sir Patrick Stewart as Picard still at his Chateau, but in the alternative timeline version of it. Picard is now in the alternative universe uniform, but aware of the change and he is dealing with John de Lancie’s Q.
Episode 202 images
All the images released today for the second episode appear to be set in the alternative timeline, with this first image showing Picard in another alternative Starfleet uniform in front of what might be an alternative Federation seal.
The rest of today’s batch of images show Picard reunited with some of his season one team: Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine, Michelle Hurd as Raffi, Evan Evagora as Elnor, and Alison Pill as Dr. Agnes Jurati. Based on the trailers, they too are aware of the change in timeline. All these final images appear to be in a particular location. Based on previously released trailers, this may be an alternative version of Dr. Jurati’s lab where the alternative Federation keeps a Borg Queen (not pictured here).
Star Trek: Picard season two debuts on Paramount+ on March 3rd.
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I think I have that jacket Elnor is wearing.
Alternate timeline post-TNG is looking quite dark and gritty – Q looks quite imposing in that one image. Really hoping for a good story, here.
So the other characters are alternate reality versions? Curious to know how they know each other in this reality? Or perhaps Q had chosen one of the many infinite realities where they all still have a relationship with each other.
The trailers indicate that they all start off where their alt-universe counterpart should be, but are aware of the change. It’s unclear if they are still connected in the alt-universe, but they eventually find each other
Important for fans not to nitpick the logic of this too much, because it’s Q who’s responsible. Any inconsistencies can (and should, frankly) be chalked up to his playing with events. Remember, he’s (presumably) doing this to teach JLP a lesson.
True that. When it comes to Q, typical time travel inconsistencies don’t come into play. When you ask, “why didn’t this happen this way as it should have” the answer is always because Q said so.
Yes! They look so flipping cool in their black clothes and black jackets. Absolute bad*sses. We’re not worthy!
Nothing really new here but it confirmed the change happens early on at least.
Alright, so the alternative Federation clearly conquered the Borg, based on the painting in the trailer, and a Queen being kept in the freezer. I hope it turns out that it was the original Hugh plan in “I, Borg” that was the trick. It’d be a good thread with a Hugh call back (given his death in S1), and an indication that Alt-Picard was willing to go use Hugh, individuality be damned, to wipe out the Collective.
Interesting thought, and might even allow for Hugh’s return.
I just never bought that that plan would have worked. Surely the Borg would have just adapted and stopped trying to figure out the shape once they figured out that it was a problem. I just don’t see the most powerful destructive force in the galaxy being taken out by an optical illusion.
Back in the day when the Borg was thought of as a collective that was one big computer I could see how it could work. But if Data could figure it out I could never tell why the Borg couldn’t. Also, the minute we saw that there was essentially an organic acting like mind behind the collective (the Queen) there was no chance the plan would have worked.
If so, that would be “hugh”gly impressive. That a young Federation, militaristic or otherwise, could conquor the borg. I mean, how did they even get to the Delta quadrant? Did the Alt-UFP discover slipstream or transwarp conduits or something like that?
Wonder if Picard will come back to Starfleet again considering the strange delta thing on the first picture… Also shoulder pads make him look younger.
Shoulder pads? I suppose each era has its own 80s.
I read somewhere that he does return to Starfleet. The picture of him in the study, holding a book, while speaking with Laris is supposed to be the day of his return.
However, I also take such things with a grain of salt.
How cool would it be to work in San Francisco and sleep in Paris? Leaving aside the philosophical conundrum of transporters/death, of course.
You’re forgetting time zones; frankly, it never made sense to put Starfleet HQ 8 hours behind civilian leadership. It’s not the same as a hop across the Potomac!
The whole point of Stardates is to have one uniform Date/Time across the federation. I mean forget the time difference between San Fransisco and Paris, Bajor is light years away and has a 26 hour day!
Well, yes, but that is more like the Pentagon communicating with its overseas “unified combatant commands” (AFRICOM, etc.), which are all in different time zones.
What Star Trek VI showed us is like the President at 10am in Paris summoning the Joint Chiefs at 2am in San Francisco. That practice would work very poorly on a routine basis and lead to poor decisionmaking in a crisis due to disruption in circadian rhythms, etc. Perhaps Starfleet’s very top brass live in Paris with the rest of the HQ in San Francisco, kind of like how the German defense ministry is split between Bonn and Berlin.
(It’s also ridiculous that we get real-time communication between Bajor and Earth to begin with, but I suppose that’s Hollywood; although having said that, Picard being out of touch with Starfleet in episodes like “The Defector” made for much better drama.)
We have something like that in real life: “internet time,” courtesy of Swatch. Then there are places like China, which keeps the entire country in a single time zone, and Russia, where all the trains run on Moscow time.
A uniform time system still doesn’t solve the issue of it being the middle of the night in Paris while San Francisco is working, resulting in severe disruption to the leadership’s circadian rhythms. This is not a trivial issue. Bear in mind that John Foster Dulles famously blamed his decision not to finance the Aswan High Dam on jet lag, which basically handed Egypt to the Soviets until Sadat.
This is also a major reason why I’m skeptical that mass supersonic air travel will really ever catch on outside of a few very select city pairs (e.g., NYC-Europe). It doesn’t do you too much good to travel to Tokyo in three hours if it’s the middle of the night when you get there, so why pay a premium to do so?
It’s true that sleep schedules can’t be uniform with stardates in that the sun can’t rise and fall with stardates. A uniform date/time is just a manufactured mechanism. But at the very least it provides a uniform measure of time for everyone to comply by. For example, I for in California and I have colleagues that work in India so we have meetings at 7 am PST which is a time that isn’t ideal for either but work for both. If there was a universal time I wouldn’t have had to put the “PST” in there. As a coder I can’t even express how annoying it is running commands getting date/time attributes and trying to figure out if the value you are getting is local time or UTC.
Should I read anything into the fact that Trekmovie has not yet confirmed the news reported elsewhere on the internet that Season 3 will be the final season of Picard?
They might be sitting on it for the moment until they can confirm it. There seems to be a fair amount of contention and confusion lately as to whether that’s really the case or not, with various avowals and disavowals flying around.
Though for the record, I’ve been under the impression for perhaps a year or more that the show was supposed to finish after three seasons and I was kind of surprised to see it being reported as new information over the past few days, though I can’t really recall exactly where I first read that. I’m so confused now…
Really? Where did you hear that? I thought Patrick Stewart himself confirmed it.
In the Sfx magazine article, Patrick Stewart is quoted as saying that they were coming to the end of filming the series.
However, as he is British, and in British English series = season in American English, many are not taking as the confirmation without a second source.
Well sure but the guy has been living in and out of America for 30 years now and would know to make it as clear as possible.
But if there is a chance it can go longer, that would be welcome news.
There is no reason why British actors should adopt Americanisms any more than US citizens in London would suddenly speak the Queen’s English. (And in any event, I thought Patrick Stewart’s primary residence is in London now?)
Dude, the guy has used the word ‘season’ countless times in interviews discussing TNG since the show started through the years. I know, I’ve seen or read interview after interview of his for three decades now.
And he has said it multiple times when discussing Picard as well. And people have since pointed out he actually used the word ‘season’ in this very article we’re discussing.
So he doesn’t have to adapt, but he clearly has long ago.
I thought that they said when it started it was 3 seasons only. Or perhaps they signed him to a possible 3 year deal and I have conflated it in my mind. In any case, I would have been surprised if they got Stewart to go more than 3 seasons. He is now 3-4 years older than Shatner was at the end of Boston Legal – and while Shatner has gone on doing other things over the past 13 years, that’s still a strain to be the star of an hour-long drama. And Picard is surely a rougher schedule for Stewart than Boston Legal was since it had so many stars in it, Shatners time was probably fairly limited.
Yea, plus thrown in all of the COVID complications, including travel, and it must be that much harder at his age to deal with all that.
There were only ever going to be 3 seasons of it. No more. Hence why they have filmed everything together…he is t getting any younger after all.
This came out of a quote from Stewart, a British actor, to SFX, a British magazine, saying they are about to wrap the series. But series is synonymous with season in English. And the very same magazine, in its opening of the main story, quotes Akiva Goldsman saying further seasons are a possibility.
The confusion began when a profile on social networks, Trek Central, claimed Stewart’s quote was confirmation that Picard would only have three seasons, as originally planned.
Since then, the official SFX profile has answered their post and said no such thing was claimed on the original story or interview, and clarified the British thing with “series”/”season”.
So, there is really no news to report. Even though its possible (and I’d say not probable at this point, because Stewart has really shown great energy these days) that the show will have only three seasons (as per original contract), there is no news to that effect.
Doesn’t the totalitarian alternate universe premise strike anyone as being kind of similar to the Mirror Universe premise?
I have wondered if that is what it is. If maybe the Mirror universe has found a way to cross over and Q is getting Picard to stop it. Or perhaps it is mirror Q (goatee?) that is in play here.
I’d like to think the continuum traverses universes and there is only one of them. But that is totally just my OP
The Terran Empire and its people seem to be not “only” totalitarian, but actually evil as in wiping out entire species just because they can and all the (literal) backstabbing – and have been for thousands of years. We don’t know yet obviously, but from the trailers I get the impression that sth. happened in 2024 (early first contact?), which made mankind adopt a more militarist approach going into space because of fear and giving away freedoms for security.
I hope not. The mirror universe has been done to death. An episode here or there is fun. An entire season or half season is hammy.
Yes. In fact so much so I almost thought this WAS the mirror universe of the 24th century till I realized everyone should be enslaved by the Klingon/Cardassian alliance.
For some reason Patrick Stewart looks younger in these images. Full of life I would say. Is it his new gollum body!? :D
Really hope he is enjoying his return to the franchise, having fun with his TNG family and his new crew.
Maybe not getting insulted and yelled all the time helps you looking younger. ;-)
For the love of kathless I hope we don’t see Raffi in a drunken state or somehow addled by substance abuse. That was painful to watch in the first season. The character is better than that.
Highly possible since its her alternate version and the events which made her addict never happened. That was one of many elements which made PIC feel like out of place of Star Trek.
But the events of her life haven’t changed as far as she remembers. She remembers her life from the Prime universe as far as we have seen so far.
But it is Part of her character. The character is not better than that…. The character is that.
True, but they basically dropped it after episode 5. After that episode we never see her with a drink again and she never even talks about being an addict. It just sort of disappeared…like so many things that season lol.
I wonder what 7of9s alternate role is. No offense, but in that uniform Jery Ryan looks like she is portraying a prison guard of a facist regime (which might earth be in the alternate timeline).
A prison guard in high heels
Damn…. Picard’s communicator ist huuuge
Why is there what appears to be a model of an Ambassador class starship on his book case, like “Yesterdays Enterprise” NCC-1701-C?
Very obvious easteregg, because this is a full season of “yesterdays Enterprise”?!
I still think they need to address why Q, who is omnipotnet and can appear as whatever he wants, is now appearing as an older man just like Picard. If they don’t address that to me that is a let down. Why is he showing up after all these years as an old man? I want to know why not the younger Q?
Why is Q not showing up as a child?
Why is Q showing up as the Sheriff of notingham?
Why is Q showing up as a Judge?
Because Q is omnipotent and he can…
Showing up to an older Picard as an older Q just to mock him is pretty much all the explanation it needs…
Why does Q typically copy the uniform of the Starfleet officers he’s interacting with?
Why does he appear human at all? Heck, if he really wanted to get under Picard’s skin, why not appear as a woman?
Remember back in “All Good Things” Q made himself look ancient to mock Picard’s ageing process. It’s not without precedent. Better that than the not-entirely-convincing CGI they used to “de-age” Brent Spiner.
What is with Q’s jacket. I miss the judge uniform. Is he going to fix Picard being a robot.
I hope there is at least a one line reason as to why Q has aged. Or maybe when he first appears he can look as he did in the series and he changes his appearance to look older.
My only hope is that they don’t ruin Q.