Paramount+ has unveiled a new Star Trek: Picard season two trailer that sees Patrick Stewart and his team face off from the time-manipulating Q. Created by Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, Kristin Beyer, and Alex Kurtzman, the series is set 20 years after the events of the titular hero’s previous appearance, Star Trek: Nemesis, as he’s affected by the death of Data and the destruction of this planet Romulus seen in 2009’s Star Trek film. The first chapter in Kurtzman’s enlarged universe was a smash hit, getting rave reviews from critics and garnering five Primetime Emmy Award nominations and one win.
As a result of the positive fan reception to the series even prior to its debut and Stewart confirming the desire and plan for it to continue, the formerly-branded CBS All accessibility formally revived the series for season 2 forward of its premiere. After multiple flaws due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, filming finally got underway on both seasons 2 and 3 of Picard with Stewart’s former Next Generation co-star and regular Star Trek helmer Jonathan Frakes returning to direct episodes of season 2. Even though it has not officially been announced as wrap filming, Paramount+ is building the hype for Picard’s return.
While creation continues on period 3 of the show, Paramount+ has shown that a fresh Picard season two trailer. In addition to confirming its 2022 return, the footage sees the return of John de Lancie’s omnipotent Q as well as the time-bending consequences with their return.
Given the writers are pretty tight-lipped about what fans can expect from the next season of Picard aside from its time-traveling character, it’s exciting to see a better look at exactly what Stewart and his crew will face. One of the biggest teases, fans are sure to go wild for is the return of Lancie’s Q in what appears to be a villainous nature, with a declaration of arriving to”the end of the road never taken,” which also confirms the timeline-breaking nature of this story for season 2. While his attire in his brief trailer appearance may not have the same flair as his appearances in TNG, Q’s arrival remains a telephone to celebrate for people who have been with each iteration of their Star Trek franchise.
The other major takeaway from the Star Trek: Picard season 2 trailer is the new layout for Jeri Ryan’s Seven of Nine, no more adorned with the Borg implant over her left eye as she is famous for. Considering that the time-twisting nature of the season it does not come as a major surprise to find some characters have their appearances entirely changed for narrative purposes, but the trailer’s indication that Seven is similarly confounded by the new appearance does raise several interesting questions about this situation. Only time will tell what Star Trek: Picard season 2 has in store once it arrives on Paramount+ in 2022.