Star Trek: Picard has one season is in the books and the 10-episode season has been overall well received. Now Star Trek: Picard Season 2 is a go, officially greenlit even before season 1 premiered.
At the time, CBS All-Access’ executive VP of originals Julie McNamara had this to say to The Hollywood Reporter, “The energy and excitement around the premiere of Star Trek: Picard has reached a magnitude greater than all of us at CBS All Access could have hoped for. We’re thrilled to announce plans for a second season before the series’ debut, and we are confident that Star Trek fans and new viewers alike will be captured by the stellar cast and creative team’s meticulously crafted story when it premieres on Jan. 23.”
STAR TREK: PICARD SEASON 2 RELEASE DATE
With Hollywood reeling from Coronavirus pandemic delays, we have no idea when season 2 will drop, much less when production will start. As that situation sorts itself out, we should know more.
Like season one, Star Trek: Picard season two will get 10 episodes. Hopefully, they will strike the right pace and balance in season two. As always, season two will remain exclusively on the CBS All-Access platform which, at the moment, is allowing fans to stream Star Trek: Picard for free, all thanks to the man himself, Sir Patrick Stewart.
STAR TREK: PICARD’S RETURNING CAST
Sir Patrick Stewart will be back as Admiral Jean-Luc Picard. Even though he’s 79-years-old the actor seems ready to work and the production seems willing to work with the frailness of his age.
Santiago Cabrera seems like a lock to return as Chris Rios, captain of the La Sirena. Rios and his identical holograms were the real breakout new characters of the previous season, expect his role to be expanded in Star Trek: Picard season 2, if the show’s writers have any sense.
Isa Briones isn’t going anywhere, and she’ll be back as the android Soji. At the end of the previous season, Soji joined the crew of the La Sirena on a permanent basis. In season 2 she should be able to focus on simply playing Soji, instead of jumping between so many other roles for physically identical characters.
Michelle Hurd will most likely be back as Raffi Musiker in Star Trek: Picard season 2. The show seemed to figure out how to use her towards the second half of the season, dropping her bizarre drug-addiction plotline. Here’s hoping they stay on that path.
Alison Pill’s Dr. Agnes Jurati should be in a Federation rehabilitation facility for the criminally insane, but the last we saw of her in the season 1 finale she was sailing happily off into the sunset as a member of the La Sirena crew. Hopefully they won’t sweep under the rug the fact that she’s a murderer should her character return.
Evan Evagora was fun as Elnor in the previous season but the show never really figured out what to do with him. He’s likely to return for Star Trek: Picard season 2, though if they can’t figure out what his actual purpose is I’d rather have them drop him off at home with his nun-moms.
Jeri Ryan was great back as Seven of Nine aka Annika Hansen and at the end of the previous season all indications were that she’s joined the La Sirena crew on a permanent basis. Assuming CBS can work out the right kind of contract deal, expect to see her back in Star Trek: Picard season 2. There’s a lot more to be done with her character.
Brent Spiner’s scenes as Data were the real stand-outs of season one, but I wouldn’t expect to see him back as Data for Star Trek: Picard season 2. The show put a bow on that character’s storyline and there’s no reason to go any further with him. We might see Spiner back as Alton Soong, but I doubt it. Hey, whatever happened to Lore?
Jonathan Frakes as Riker and Marina Sirtis as Troi were great, but it’d be surprising to see them back in another season. Frakes is busy working as a successful television director these days and there really isn’t a lot more to do with Marina’s Deanna Troi at this point.
NEW CAST FOR SEASON 2
Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan was a pivotal part of Jean-Luc’s character on TNG and Patrick Stewart wants her on Star Trek: Picard season 2. He made the invite live on television. Watch it…
It’s hard to say who else might show up from the original Next Generation crew. I’d say LeVar Burton as Geordi and Gates McFadden are the most likely prospects. I’d love to see Michael Dorn back as Worf, but given what Discovery has done to the Klingons that creates a whole mess the show may just want to avoid entirely.
NEW SHOWRUNNER FOR STAR TREK: PICARD SEASON 2
The showrunner position on Star Trek: Picard has been something of a mess since the beginning. When the show first went into development it didn’t have a showrunner, instead producer Alex Kurtzman was sort of in charge with a creative team of people actually running things.
Halfway through the season they realized that was a terrible idea and Michael Chabon was brought in to try and make sense of the mess they created. He did the best he could in a bad position but he won’t be back for Star Trek: Picard season 2.
Chabon is now being replaced by Terry Matalas. Matalas is best known for his work on the 12 Monkeys TV series. More recently he’s been the showrunner on the MacGuyver reboot.
Chabon leaves with good vibes towards CBS. He wasn’t unhappy, he just got another job working on the adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, set up as a limited series for Showtime.
WHAT SEASON 2 IS ABOUT
It’s hard to tell where Star Trek: Picard season 2 will venture off to. The conflict between the Romulans and Synths has been resolved. Jean-Luc’s angst over the death of Data has been resolved. The XB’s storyline seems to be pretty well wrapped up and they’ve been left to do… whatever it is they do with their time.
Basically Star Trek: Picard is starting from scratch here. Admiral Picard has a brand new android body and a brand new crew. They can go anywhere and do anything.
ROMANCE FOR SEVEN AND RAFFI
Star Trek: Picard established earlier in the season that in the time since she left Star Trek: Voyager, Seven has apparently developed a preference for dating women. On Voyager she notably was supposed to end up with Chakotay, but there’s been no mention of him so far on Picard.
However it does seem that Seven of Nine will be in a new lesbian relationship with the Raffi in Star Trek: Picard season 2. Their blossoming relationship was teased at the very end of the Season 1 finale with this brief shot…
Unfortunately for Seven of Nine, it also looks like Raffi has started drinking again. That’s not going to end well.
THE FUTURE OF STAR TREK: PICARD
Early work has reportedly already begun on season 3. In fact, according to The Hollywood Reporter a writer’s room is already in place for both Star Trek: Picard seasons 2 and 3 and has been up and running for awhile now.
It has also been reported that Star Trek: Picard season 2 and 3 will be filmed back to back, this being based on the cast and crew’s production schedules and as a way to control the cost of the series.
In addition, there are plans underway to create some sort of crossover series involving cast members from Star Trek: Picard meeting up with the crew from Discovery. It’s called Star Trek: Crossover and we have the exclusive details on that here.