Spoilers ahead for Season 1 of Star Trek: Picard. Star Trek: Picard just wrapped up his first season, and the finale was an emotional vacation for anyone invested in Admiral Jean-Luc Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) relationship and Brent Spinner’s relationship data. Season 1 saw Picard discover the truth about Starfleet’s ban on synthetic life forms, rescuing Suji (Issa Briones), a young woman who didn’t know she was an Android, and stopping a secret Romulean minstrel to destroy all synthetic life in the universe. But there are still a lot of questions left to answer when Star Wars: Picard returns for Season 2.
The series resumed for a second season in January – before Season 1 even aired. So the writers had a lot of time to think about where to take the story from here. Deadline then reported that Season 2 is set to premiere in late 2020 or early 2021 with 10 more episodes. But with much of Hollywood production currently shut down due to the COVID-19 epidemic, it may take a little longer for us to see Picard and the La Siren team again.
When the show does come back, here’s what it needs to address.
Will Season 2 stay synthetic alive or follow a different story?
In some ways, the plot surrounding the mysterious attack on Mars, the ban on synthetic life, and the Romanian prophecy about Android destroying the universe has been imprisoned. Picard saved Suji and the other synths, and the federation lifted its ban on synthetic life forms and took their secret planet to their union. But the Romulans remain a threat and the synths will still have to integrate into society. So the events of Season 1 are likely to bleed into Season 2. For example …
What went through the beacon portal?
The message she saw in Sutra in Dr. Juratti’s vision was about advanced synthetic beings that would help other synths whose livelihoods are threatened by organics. As Suji set up the beacon to contact these creatures, a portal opened and a huge robotic weapon began to twist inside. Soji closed the beacon and portal, but these entities certainly saw what was happening and heard the SOS. Who are these advanced androids? Where did they come from? It seems unlikely that they are just going to unplug the phone and leave it at that.
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Has the data gone forever?
One of the best things about Picard was the cameos from all the favorite characters of the next generation, including Jonathan Parks in the role of Will Riker, Marina Surtees in the role of Dina Troy, and Jonathan Del Arco in the role of Hugh. Data, played by Brent Spinner, appeared in dreamlike sequences from the beginning, and the ending revealed that although Data had died in the 2002 Star Trek: Nemesis movie, the consciousness that brought down his brother “B4” was kind of … alive?
The memories, thoughts and feelings of data existed in a type of imaging, and his neurons were used to create the many boys and girls that Picard discovers in their isolated planet. But in the end, Data’s consciousness is asking Picard to end the imaging – basically letting the data die. Picard sitting at Datta’s bed as his image grows rapidly and astonishing everyone to the sound of “Blue Sky” was a moment of peace that fans did not receive in Nemesis. If you didn’t cry, you’re probably an android.
But those are just a few of the questions that Picard’s Season 2 hopes for. There are a lot of tons about the Romulans, synthetic lifeforms and the new Picard-free ship and crew that you can explore the show. Fingers crossed that the wait wasn’t too long.