Picard exploded onto the scene and Star Trek fans around the world have been pleased with its output. On top of seeing the renowned Sir Patrick Stewart return as Jean-Luc Picard, there have been plenty of other cameos from Star Trek: The Next Generation. One of the biggest is that of John de Lancie reprising his role as the all-powerful being known as, Q. While fans were likely completely happy with seeing the man return, de Lancie had one simple question and request to even want to return to the Star Trek universe. He asked and demanded that he was not to be made to wear tights again. Now that’s funny.
Considering that The Next Generation aired some 30+ years ago, one would think that wearing tights would no longer fly. Not that there’s anything wrong with wearing tights, but as you get older the body certainly gets larger in stature. Tights would be wildly uncomfortable. John de Lancie certainly understands that and that was the only question that he asked Picard showrunner, Terry Matalas. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, de Lancie spoke about making this request. According to him, “I said, ‘I just have a preliminary question: You’re not putting me in tights again, are you?'” de Lancie says. “And Terry goes, ‘Oh, no, no, no.’ I said, ‘OK. We can proceed.'” The man certainly knows what he wants. And again, having to attempt to squeeze in tights at an older age might be more challenging than people understand.
Picard is certainly pulling out all the stops when it comes to bringing back fan-favorite characters for the show. Apart from John de Lancie returning as Q, the show has also featured a return from Whoopi Goldberg reprising her role as Guinan. Star Trek fans have likely been completely shocked and happy with the results of the new show. While it was well-known that Patrick Stewart refused to return after Star Trek: Nemesis, the premise of this show was enough to bring the man back. Picard is currently living on a farm after the events of Nemesis, and he is still haunted by the death of Data and the destruction of the planet Romulus. Picard is thrust into a new adventure when the supposed daughter of Data seeks him out. De Lancie and his character Q come into the show in a certain way that we won’t divulge here, so go check it out. While the premise sounded interesting enough, his return could also be due to the show’s limited run. The first season of Picard ran for 10 episodes on CBS All Access. The second season is set to premiere on Paramount+ on March 3rd, 2022, and only contains 10 episodes. The third and final season release date is to be announced, but it will also premiere on Paramount+, and end with the final 10 episodes of the series.
While John de Lancie also returned to the series in a big way, it sure sounds as if he was only partly willing to be a part of the Star Trek series again, minus the tights. The same can be said about Patrick Stewart. Picard Season 2 is airing today on Paramount+ and fans can now see what happens next in this epic continuation of one of Star Trek’s most favorite captains.