John de Lancie has appeared in the first couple of episodes of Star Trek: Picard, but there is more to come. And how he is offering some hints about Q’s motivations and where things are going in season two.
Q’s last gift for Jean-Luc Picard
On the official aftershow The Ready Room, John de Lancie talked about season two of Picard and the role his character plays. Episode two saw Q change the past, throwing Picard and his companions into a dark alternate future, but de Lancie says Q’s motivation comes from the heart. According to the actor, it’s all about Q’s unique way of trying to get Picard to change:
It had to be [personal] to be able to make a setup work. The setup was, ‘You’re going in this direction. You need to go in that direction. And I’ve come here to help you as one last thing that I might be able to do to help you.’
A tagline for season two is Q’s line from the finale of The Next Generation that “the trial never ends,” as de Lancie notes, unlike his first appearance when he put humanity on trial, this time it focused personally on Jean-Luc Picard:
I’m not dealing with everything. I’m dealing only with you. This is a personal gift. Personally, coming from me to you. And since I know you well enough, the only way you’re going to get it is to experience it. I can’t tell you, you’re going to have to find out.
The actor also speculated about Q’s motives:
Maybe I love this guy… and I want to help him. Now, I want to help him in a way that maybe a lot of people don’t like this type of help… So I have my way of doing it, which might be rather hard to take. But it still comes from, ‘I want to help you. I want to be sincere.’ I am sincere.
John de Lancie will appear in more episodes, and while trying to avoid spoilers, the actor explained how Q will be driving the story for the season:
Q’s involvement is sort of as a catalyst to get events moving in certain directions… so as to be able to get us all the way to this end… which is what we are not going to talk about.
Q on the Ready Room
You can see the full interview below.
De Lancie live interview on Monday
The Q actor will be interviewed on Twitter Spaces for the official Star Trek Paramount+ Twitter account on Monday March 14.
— John de Lancie (@johndelancie) March 12, 2022
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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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