Season one in every of Star Trek: Picard had excessive and low factors and left some folks questioning Jean-Luc Picard is really Jean-Luc Picard anymore. It’s a case metaphysics and questions greatest left to saints and philosophers. Or perhaps, greatest left to Q, who will return in season two in 2022.
Spoiler alert: if you happen to haven’t watched all of Star Trek: Picard, you could need to go away at this level understanding that John de Lancie will reprise his position of Q within the subsequent season of Picard when it premieres someday in 2022. However if you happen to’ve already watched, otherwise you don’t thoughts spoilers, right here’s what you might want to know.
Within the season finale of the present, Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) died. And never within the “he died off the display screen and perhaps he really survived” sense. Picard suffered from Irumodic Syndrome, a deadly neurological illness within the Star Trek universe. On the age of 94, he had no hope for a future, no risk of a remedy. Within the final episode, he sacrificed himself to save lots of the day, and the illness killed him.
Shortly after his dying, Altan Inigo Soong (son of Information’s creator, Noonian Soong, all three performed by Brent Spiner) transferred Picard’s consciousness and recollections right into a golem—an android that regarded precisely like the unique Picard. The physique works like Picard’s natural physique and can ultimately age and die.
And that bodes the query, is that this golem Picard actually Picard in any respect? It’s query derived from the Ship of Theseus. At its easiest, you may consider a brush. You change the comb when it wears out. Later you change the deal with. Then you definately change the comb once more, adopted by the deal with. Do you continue to have the identical broom? You’ve changed each half, however functionally it’s the identical.
You possibly can ask comparable questions with Star Trek‘s transporters, which disassemble an individual on the molecular degree and reassemble them elsewhere. However Picard is a extra excessive case as a result of his ideas and recollections are primarily a duplicate and his physique is one other entity completely.
But when your ideas, experiences, and reminiscence make you who you might be, then Picard lives on in a brand new physique. And if that’s sufficient, then this golem Picard is at greatest a pseudo clone. The present doesn’t totally arrive at a solution, past Picard feeling like he’s nonetheless the unique individual.
And that’s the place Q comes into play. Throughout First Contact day (a pseudo-holiday whereby Vulcans first make contact with people on April fifth, 2063), Paramount introduced some Star Trek information, together with a fast tease for season 2 (seen above). It’s clear that Q is returning, and the teaser ends with the well-known phrases “The Trial by no means ends,” a definite callback to the sequence finale of Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology.
In an all-day Twitch stream (additionally seen above), Patrick Stewart confirmed Q’s return would delve into the season one Picard finale’s penalties. Manufacturing is already underway, however it’s nonetheless too far out to vow a begin date. However we now know that season two of Star Trek: Picard will debut on Paramount+, the alternative for CBS All Entry. Contemplating season one debuted on CBS All Entry, that’s no shock, however good to know nonetheless.