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Star Trek: Picard season 2 — new trailer, release date window, cast and more

Star Trek Picard season 2
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Missed you, Q! The iconic omnipotent troublemaker is back in Star Trek: Picard season 2. On Star Trek Day, a full-length trailer dropped revealing what Q is up to — and how it affects Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan). Let's just say, they need to get back to the future ... the right future. 

Star Trek: Picard season 2 got the green light from Paramount Plus last year, before the first season even premiered back in January 2020. Fans will get 10 more episodes of retired Starfleet Admiral Picard and his ragtag group of spacefarers. In even better news, Stewart also announced on Star Trek Day that Picard season 3 is a go!

Star Trek: Picard season 1 explored the far-reaching mystery surrounding two characters named Dahj and Soji. These twins are the daughters of Data, Picard's former android crew member. The conspiracy involved the Romulans and the Borg, and led Picard to distant planets where he reunited with familiar faces, including William Riker, Deanna Troi and Seven of Nine.

From the trailers, Picard season 2 sounds like it will tackle time travel and alternate timelines — all triggered by Q, naturally.

Here's everything we know about Star Trek: Picard season 2.

Star Trek: Picard season 2 release date window

Paramount Plus has set a Star Trek: Picard season 2 release date window of February 2022.

On Star Trek Day on Sept. 8, Paramount Plus announced the date in a new full-length trailer.

Season 2 got an early order from its then-streaming home on CBS All Access, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed most film and TV productions. Filming resumed and Star Trek: Picard was able to complete season 2.

Star Trek: Picard season 2 trailer

A full-length Star Trek: Picard season 2 trailer dropped on Star Trek Day (Sept. 8) and reveals much more about the story in the next installment. Q, for his own nefarious reasons, sends Picard and his crew into an alternate timeline where the former admiral is part of a totalitarian regime. To save their future, they need to fix the past — and it's going to involve the Borg Queen.

In June, Paramount Plus debuted a teaser trailer, which showed Jean-Luc coming home to discover everyone is gone — everyone, that is, except for Q. And you know an appearance by Q can only mean trouble.

As part of First Contact Day, the first Star Trek: Picard season 2 teaser trailer introduced Q's first. After the omnipotent being cackles in laughter, he says, "The trial never ends."

Star Trek: Picard season 2 cast

The cast of Star Trek: Picard is led by Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, the former captain of the USS Enterprise and now a retired admiral. He left his family's vineyard to embark on a new adventure with the crew of La Sirena.

As noted above, John de Lancie is back as Q.

  • Alison Pill as Dr. Agnes Jurati, a former Starfleet doctor and expert on synthetic life
  • Michelle Hurd as Raffi Musiker, Picard's former first officer
  • Santiago Cabrera as Chris Rios, pilot of La Sirena (also multiple emergency holograms)
  • Isa Briones as Soji Asha and Dahj Asha, twin androids and the "daughters" of Data
  • Evan Evagora as Elnor, a Romulan warrior rescued as a boy by Picard and raised by the Qowat Milat
  • Orla Brady as Laris, Picard's Romulan housekeeper
  • Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine
  • Brent Spiner as Data and Dr. Altan Inigo Soong
  • Jonathan Frakes as William Riker
  • Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
  • John de Lancie as Q

Star Trek: Picard season 2 may feature more cameos by familiar cast members from the franchise. One Next Generation cast member who is definitely on board for an appearance this year is Whoopi Goldberg. During a visit to The View, Stewart invited Goldberg to reprise her role as Guinan:

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Star Trek: Picard season 2 plot

The first season of Picard largely wrapped up the mystery surrounding the Asha twins. But we'd like to see Star Trek: Picard season 2 explore, in depth, some of the areas, worlds and cultures introduced in the first season. Among others, there are the Fenris Rangers and Seven's involvement with them; the Qowat Milat Romulan warrior nuns; Freecloud's hyper commercialism; and the seedy underworld market for Borg parts.

Our best guess is that Picard continues to work on the fringes of the Federation, rather than as a venerated admiral. He and the ragtag group aboard La Sirena will probably go on further adventures to the darker recesses of the galaxy. 

With de Lancie confirmed for season 2, these adventures will somehow bring in Q. The trailer's mention of a "trial" indicates Q will put humanity to the test once again. And this time, it may involve Data or another form of synthetic life. If you recall, in the premiere episode, Picard has a dream where he's playing cards with Data, who is holding five queens of hearts. And the trailer's last image depicts a queen of hearts dissolving to just the letter "Q." Coincidence? On Star Trek, we think not.

Kelly Woo

Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.