Interview: John de Lancie Talks About the Return of Q in ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Season 2

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Q faces off against Picard in season 2 of Star Trek Picard
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It’s time to boldly go… into the second season of Star Trek: Picard! The new season premieres March 3 and continues the story of Picard and his friends as they try to tackle a new galaxy threatening anomaly. As we’ve seen in the trailer there is going to be a lot of twists and turns, with everything from the Borg to time travel to current 2020s Los Angeles.

But the most troubling (or delicious, depending on how you look at it) is the return of Picard’s best frenemy, Q! Q, the near omnipotent and immortal being who has the ability to change space, time and matter on a whim, has been a fan favorite in the Star Trek universe ever since he first appeared in those tights and put humanity on trial in “Encounter at Farpoint.” Well, he’s back, he’s now a silver fox, and he’s got a new trial for Picard – one that might be motivated by troubles of his own. Troubles that might affect the entire universe!

We were lucky enough to be able to sit down and chat with John de Lancie about the return of Q and ask about Q’s new task and the potential urgency behind it.

Nerds and Beyond: Hi! So one of the main themes established early on in this season is the idea of “the roads not taken” and particularly Q is trying to force Picard to look at those roads and reflect on choices that could have been made differently. Is this because Q is also going to have to look back on some of his choices and reflect on decisions that he could, or should, have made differently?

John de Lancie: Yes. (Points finger at his nose and winks, then points directly at the camera in a “you’re on the money gesture”.) Yes. (He winks again.) Are you saying you want to know how it ends?

Nerds and Beyond:  Oh no, no spoilers here of course!

John de Lancie: Yes, I mean, that is what I’m saying… it’s… it’s not just me doing this to be the puppet master affecting the puppet. I’m affected by this as well. The character Q is affected by this as well. And that’s why there’s an urgency in all of this.

Star Trek: Picard premieres March 3 on Paramount+

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Britt is a Los Angeles based writer, burlesque performer, and life long nerd. A former drama kid turned playwright and classic ambivert, (shout out fellow ambiverts! There are dozens of us! Dozens!) her love of books, snacks, and cats makes her a Ravenclaw with Hufflepuff leanings. She is a voracious reader, writer, and unapologetic binge-watcher. Her lifelong obsessions include Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Arrested Development, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Herbert's Dune series. Her current obsessions include: Sherlock, Black Mirror, The Great British Baking Show, RuPaul's Drag Race, and Counterpart. She will also gladly talk people's ears off about graphic novels if they let her, which they usually don't. Find Britt on Twitter @MsGeorgiaOQueef
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