Star Trek: Picard’s showrunners explain the direction of season 2 and how the character of Jean-Luc will be explored through time travel.
Star Trek: Picard‘s showrunners, Terry Matalas and Akiva Goldsman, reveal that season 2 will explore why Jean-Luc never got married. The eighth Star Trek series to date and the second to be produced by Paramount+, Picard was launched in 2020 as part of co-creator Alex Kurtzman’s expanded universe for the popular science fiction franchise. The show is set 20 years after Jean-Luc Picard’s final appearance in Star Trek: Nemesis. It follows the character through retirement, having been deeply affected by the death of Data, as well as the devastation of Romulus, from 2009’s Star Trek, and finds himself embarking on a new adventure. Star Trek: Picard season 2 sees the return of Patrick Stewart, who not only reprises his iconic role, but serves as executive producer, and features a cast that includes Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Harry Treadaway, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, and more.
Upon its release, Star Trek: Picard season 1 received largely positive reviews from critics, who praised Stewart’s performance and commitment, after the actor previously turned down the offer to return. Picard season 2 was announced back in 2019, and is set to premiere on the streaming platform on March 3, 2022. Audiences last saw the series pivot with a surprising twist, finding Jean-Luc giving his life to save the synths, with his consciousness then being placed in a new, artificial body. A lot of questions surround season 2, though as its trailer teases, Picard will begin exploring time travel. It is also set to bring in Brent Spiner as a new character; something fans of Star Trek are very excited about.
Now, in an interview with SFX Magazine (via TrekMovie.com), showrunners Terry Matalas and Akiva Goldsman have revealed more about what audiences can expect from Star Trek: Picard season 2. Goldsman says that the new episodes are more about “an exploration of [Jean-Luc’s] heart,” and that because it deals with time travel, the season will show how the only thing that exceeds time is love. Matalas also states that it will be “emotional,” and that to make it work, Picard season 2 has to deconstruct Jean-Luc as a main character. Read Matalas’ full quote below:
“It’s a time-travel story and all good time-travel tales are emotional at their core, and speak to something that’s happening with your main character. So we started by asking ourselves the question of season one: how do we deconstruct Captain Picard? What don’t we know about him? Why is he on a vineyard by himself with a dog? Why did he never marry Beverly Crusher and have a family of 10? Those are jumping-off points to answer some of those personal mysteries.”
Star Trek: Picard season 2 of the series is being produced in tandem with season 3, which Patrick Stewart recently revealed will be Picard‘s last. Back in 2019 when the show was greenlit for a season 2, the actor shared that it was set up for a possible three-year run. It was later confirmed that the plan was always for the series to wrap following a third installment, and that the end of production was forthcoming. With tie-ins included in the short-lived animated series, Star Trek: Short Treks, it is likely that Jean-Luc’s story could conclude with the ending of Picard.
Even considering the length of Picard‘s final run, there are still many aspects of the show that fans are eager to see, including the concept of time-traveling. Another surprise for audiences comes in Whoopi Goldberg’s return to the universe, which certainly provides fan service, but also makes sense given season 2’s direction. Audiences can look forward to seeing how Star Trek: Picard‘s penultimate season builds towards a satisfying conclusion, and will hopefully walk away with a much deeper understanding of Stewart’s iconic Jean-Luc Picard.
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