Since the season two debut of Star Trek: Picard, Paramount+ has released a few promos that offer clues about the upcoming season. This includes an online clip from episode two, a “This Season on Star Trek: Picard” promo on Paramount Plus, and a 30-second online promo. Some of the footage has been seen and analyzed before, so we will break down what’s new, and include links to the videos at the bottom of the article.
A meta Q
A big question for season 2 of Picard is the motivation of Q, who appeared at the end of episode one, popping Picard to an alternate version of his chateau after he had ordered the self-destruct of the USS Stargazer. The episode two clip appears to pick up right after that, with Q telling Picard “this is home,” even if everything has changed into some darker version of the home he knows.
When Picard asks about the fate of the crew of the USS Stargazer, Q gets meta, replying, “How quaint, how provincial, how yesterday’s enterprise,” revealing “there is no Stargazer” and indicating they are now in a different timeline or universe.
Of course, this evokes the TNG episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” when Picard and the USS Enterprise-D were thrown into a darker alternate universe, although in that case Q was not involved. Guinan (who also appeared in the season 2 premiere of Picard) revealed an ability to sense the changes in the timeline in “Yesterday’s Enterprise.”
An angry Q
Things soon pivot in the clip when Picard says he is no longer Q’s “pawn,” with Q replying, “You are more than just a piece, you are the very board upon which this game is played.” Picard says he is too old for Q’s games, and the superbeing turns angry and says, “Old, yes. How unfair time is. So many wrinkles. So many disappointments.”
And in the Paramount+ promo, Q can be seen telling Picard, “We’re never too old for second chances” and “This is not a lesson, it is a penance.” The title of episode 2 is “Penance.”
A dark world
The alternate universe Q throws Picard and his crew into has been featured in previous promos, but there are a few more elements to see. In the “This season” promo, Q points to the hexagonal grid, which appears to be shutting down above Picard’s chateau, asking, “you like the skies here?”
There is also a shot of Q smiling next to a Cardassian skull with a hole in the center. A Klingon and an unidentified alien skull can be seen as well.
And in the 30-second promo, there is a brief shot of a Borg skull in a split screen of Seven without her implant.
In the 30-second promo, Seven can be seen in a split screen with one shot of her from episode one and one in the alternate universe with an unknown character played by Jon Jon Briones (Isa Briones’ father). She says, “We are at a fork in the road, two futures.”
Picard briefs Seven, Elnor, and Raffi, saying: “Q… he went back in time and turned our world into a polluted, totalitarian nightmare.”
We have previously seen shots of Picard at a large rally in the alternate future, but the new 30-second online promo shows that he and Seven will be on stage when a caged Borg Queen is brought up to the stage.
Venerating a new Soong
As Picard gives his briefing, the promo cuts to the alternate San Francisco Bay with a large holographic statue of “Adam Soong.” The statue, in the likeness of Brent Spiner, holds a globe in his hands.
The Queen points to LA
As explained by Picard, “To save the future, we must repair the past.” And this is where the Borg Queen comes in. Annie Wersching plays the Queen from the alternative universe, and in the “This season” promo, Seven explains how the Queen can help, saying, “We aren’t the only ones that recognize that time has been broken.” The Queen identifies the point of divergence: “a single change in Los Angeles 2024.”
Escape to LA
To get to the Los Angeles of the past, the crew has to get off Earth to slingshot around the sun in La Sirena, as seen in previous trailers. But the latest gives us a nice shot of the alternate Starfleet Steamrunner and Nova class ships in pursuit.
Adam Soong and Q
The alternative universe’s venerated Adam Soong appears to be the latest version of the Soong family to be played by Brent Spiner. This Adam Soong appears to be a pivotal figure in 2024 Los Angles.
John De Lancie has been seen interacting with Spiner in previous promos, this time we get some key dialogue as Q hands Adam Soong a vial of blue liquid and tells him, “I want you to remove an obstacle.”
A return to 10 Forward
The Borg Queen offers advice on where Picard and the crew can start in the past, saying, “There is someone there to help…” And with that we see Picard beam down outside the 2024 Los Angeles alley where Guinan’s same 10 Forward bar appears to be.
In episode one, Guinan’s bar was in a “Historical District,” so it’s possible she was there in 2024, given that El-Aurians are very long-lived, plus we know Guinan visited San Francisco on Earth in 1893 (“Time’s Arrow“).
The Watcher, the white-eyed people… and Laris
The Queen’s voice-over continues: “…seek The Watcher.” And with that, we get two shots of Picard in a 2024 park in Los Angeles interacting with people with white eyes.
And later in the same promo, we get a shot of Laris (Orla Brady) in a 2024 Los Angles setting, possibly a hospital, with those same white eyes.
Orla Brady is seen again in the 30-second promo, but without Laris’ Romulan ears. She is holding a device in a split-screen with Laris at the chateau from episode one.
Rios gets busted… and kissed
In the “This Season” promo Picard’s voiceover says, “Everything we do here has consequences.” And with that we see Rios being handcuffed along with someone else in a white coat, possibly a doctor. Rios also has an injury on his left hand.
Rios (with same bandage) gets booked by “Castaic Deport,” which could be for the LA County Sheriff’s facility in Castaic, CA. “Deport” could indicate that Rios might be caught up in the immigration system.
Later, Raffi, and Seven break Rios out of a prison bus.
Rios gets into some other action as well, briefly getting a kiss from an unknown character.
Dressed up… and going down
Rios (without bandage) and Raffi are both dressed up for an event with space-themed decorations. He says, “Twenty-first-century Earth is so intense.”
In a suit and wearing a contemporary earpiece, Picard says, “We have to find a way back… no matter what it takes.”
The 30-second online promo shows a split screen with Raffi tending an injured Elnor, and Rios and a woman (possibly Laris) attending Picard, still in the same suit but now on the ground.
Jurati in red
Agnes Jurati can also be seen on the streets of LA in a red dress holding her shoes.
The 30-second promo shows a split screen of Jurati and the Borg Queen, with Jurati in this red dress looking determined and leaving what appears to be an injured Seven behind her. It’s possible that Jurati is being manipulated or controlled by the Queen.
Agnes can be seen again in this dress, running on top of some cars.
Soji gets a gift
Soji Asha can also be seen briefly in the contemporary setting, opening a gift box that emits a vapor.
There is another quick shot of what looks to be related to some of the flashbacks of Picard’s childhood in episode one. A woman (probably Picard’s mother) is being dragged away.
Here are a few more shots from the 30-second promo, starting with a kid in 2024 LA holding a toy spaceship split-screened with La Sirena.
Picard holding an old key, split with shots of Chateau Picard.
Split of Elnor in the dark timeline and Jurati on La Sirena holding a shotgun.
The first thing to look at is a clip from episode two (“Penance”) featuring Q and Picard, which was shown at the end of The Ready Room (starting at 32:11).
The second video is a new 30-second promo for season 2 released online by Paramount+.
New episodes of Star Trek: Picard premiere on Thursdays on Paramount+ in the U.S. and on Fridays where Paramount+ is available around the world. In Canada, it airs on CTV Sci-Fi Channel on streams on Crave on Thursdays. Picard is also available on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video around the world.
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