If Star Trek gets broken, break glass and unleash an emergency time-travel plot. The fact that Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard both have major time shifts in their plots now probably tells you just how broken Star Trek has become. Yet they keep doubling down. This is why Star Trek: Picard has been renewed for a third season, even as a new trailer arrives for Season 2.
That, and because a little time-out from the pandemic meant the writer just got on with writing so the scripts were done.
The second season premiere will now take place in February 2022, with production on Season 3 to start immediately after production on Season 2 wraps. The season two trailer was introduced by series star Patrick Stewart during the Star Trek: Picard panel at today’s global live-streamed Star Trek Day celebration.
The new trailer reveals that Q (John de Lancie) will create an alternate reality that plunges Earth into a totalitarian state, like Portland.
Only Jean-Luc Picard and his returning first-season gang seem to realize something has changed. Eventually, they have to travel back to 21st century Los Angeles in order to set things right. No whales are thought to be involved, but a Borg Queen will turn up.
Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, Harry Treadaway, Jeri Ryan, Orla Brady, and Brent Spiner all return. Cameos are again expected from various Next Generation alum.
Akiva Goldsman and Terry Matalas serve as co-showrunners for Season 2.
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Star Trek: Picard is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout, Weed Road Pictures, Escapist Fare, and Roddenberry Entertainment, and was apparently designed to be slower and more character-focused than previous series in the franchise. Filming takes place in California, which granted the series large tax credits.