Jean-Luc Picard is back – but so is one of Picard’s greatest, most challenging foes.

The second season of Star Trek: Picard is nearly upon us, and the teaser for the new season of the Paramount+ streamer series is before us – from it we can confirm three things: Sir Patrick Stewart will return as Jean-Luc Picard, that hijinks will ensue, and that the reason they will ensue is that John DeLancie is returning to the Star Trek franchise after a hiatus of 20 years. DeLancie’s last tour of duty as the irrepressible Q was on three episodes of Star Trek: Voyager.

We do not see either character in this teaser. Instead, we are shown Picard’s beloved vineyard, his office and momentos of his career, including a copy of Paradise Lost, a painting of the Enterprise 1701D over the fireplace, a commbadge from his time as captain of the Enterprise, and a model of his first command (the Stargazer).

While we are shown this abstraction of Picard’s personal history, we hear Picard’s voice speaking of the true Final Frontier – time. The choices we make become our history, as well as the outcomes we do not choose. Sand flows backwards through an hourglass.

The final shot, though, is both simplest and most thrilling: the Queen of Hearts from a simple deck of cards burns away leaving nothing but a single revelation:

Q.

Joining Stewart in the second season are Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, Jeri Ryan, Orla Brady and Brent Spiner.

Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman, Terry Matalas, Michael Chabon, Doug Aarniokoski, Dylan Massin, Patrick Stewart, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers on the second season. Aaron Baiers and Kirsten Beyer will serve as co-executive producers, while Akiva Goldsman and Terry Matalas will serve as co-showrunners. The series is produced by CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.

It will be a while before we know exactly when the new season of Picard will release on the Paramount+ streaming service – only that it will be sometime early in 2022.

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