First Contact Day, April 4th, was celebrated with an exciting teaser trailer drop for Star Trek: Picard season 2. While many of the details of season 2 are still under wraps, this tease drops a big new character reveal.
As the camera pans around the study at Château Picard, we hear Jean Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) lamenting the steady progress of time and stating it is often what we didn’t do in a crisis that torments us. Then, a playing card disintegrates on Picard’s desk to reveal a solitary letter… Q. The teaser ends with the voice of Q actor himself, John de Lancie, ringing out over the title card and a promise that “the trial never ends”.
So what does this mean? Well, for starters it confirms fan favourite Q, the God-like being from the Q Continuum, is returning. A fact that is further expanded on in a short interview with Wil Wheaton, Stewart and de Lancie. Watch that beneath the teaser below!
The reference to a trial harks back to ‘Encounter at Farpoint’, the very first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG), where Q first appeared and placed humanity on trial.
While there’s not much other concrete evidence on offer, Q’s presence and Picard’s suggestion that time does not offer second chances, seem to strongly indicate season 2 will involve some classic Star Trek space-time manipulation.
Furthermore, back in 2020 Stewart famously invited Whoopi Goldberg to return to Star Trek on live TV. Goldberg’s character, Guinan, has an enigmatic history with Q that has never been fully revealed. Could season 2 of Picard be about to explore their prickly relationship?
Finally the teaser confirms that season 2 of Picard will air in 2022, so we’ve got the best part of year to keep guessing. Either way, if it’s even half as good as season 1, then Star Trek fans should get excited.
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) April 5, 2021