Although it’s been a long time coming, Star Trek: Picard has begun production on its second season. And, as part of Star Trek‘s First Contact Day, star and co-executive producer Patrick Stewart unleashed a teaser featuring a notable letter: Q.
“I am here to make [Picard’s] life annoying as possible!” Q actor John de Lancie said during a brief panel announcing his return to Star Trek. The actor last appeared (on screen) as Q in the 2001 episode of Star Trek: Voyager called, “Q2. He subsequently lent his voice to the character for a brief cameo in last year’s Star Trek: Lower Decks. Nevertheless, his appearance on Picard represents his first major return to the part in two decades.
“It’s been a long-time coming and I’m more than ready,” de Lancie continued. “I’ve changed my visage … I’ve aged a little bit to be more in keeping with where we are right now.” When asked how he found the character again after twenty years, de Lancie said, “He’s marvelous annoying, terribly self-involved. As my wife says, it’s not much of a stretch.”
Stewart added that Q’s return comes at a “shattering moment” of great trauma. And as the teaser above suggests, the trial Q started in the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation will enter its next phase. Which is good, because it’s hard to imagine this series without Jean-Luc Picard (Stewart) and Q facing off again.
Star Trek: Picard returns in 2022.