‘Star Trek: Picard’ Season 2 Preview Teases Q’s Return, Alternate Timelines, And Southern California(?)

by Erik Amaya

We’ll never understand Star Trek‘s stardate calendar — apparently it was originally intended to make the future era of the series inscrutable — but today is, apparently, Captain Picard Day. Some 300 years from now, the children of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D will make fan art of their prickly, yet lovable captain, Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart). During one such Captain Picard Day, the practice is discovered by Admiral Alynna Nechayev (Natalia Nogulich), who disapproves. But then, she generally disapproves of everything Picard does.

The admiral is probably not a fan of Star Trek: Picard, the CBS All Access Paramount+ series focusing on the former Enterprise captain in his latter years. The program is set to return in 2022 and the renamed streaming service released a new trailer (above) in honor of Captain Picard Day. It teases the return of Q (John de Lancie) and a fractured timeline in which Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) and the La Sirena crew all discover new histories for themselves. Is it another lesson from Q or is it, as he suggests, the very end of the road not taken?


The streamer also released a rather odd poster for the upcoming season. It depicts a fairly modern and accurate view of Los Angeles and its sprawling freeway system. Okay, some of it is stylized so the highways can form the Starfleet delta, but the overall image suggests to us that the fracturing of time referenced in the trailer may lead Picard and the La Sirena back to Earth’s past. Or our present. Either way, it is a cryptic way to promote the next year of Picard.

Star Trek: Picard returns in 2022.

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