The first series of Star Trek: Picard was met with much anticipation. Mostly because it was something Trek fans thought they would never see again. That’s Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Jean Luc Picard after twenty years. The first season received mixed reviews, and I’m still unsure whether I loved or hated it. But that aside, what can we expect from season two?
Here are nine things we can expect from season two.
1. It won’t be here for a while
Before the small matter of a global pandemic scuppered filming plans, season two would have been out by now. But like all releases, it’s been put back. The rumour is that filming will start in January. With that in mind, we can probably envisage that season two will hit our small screens by the end of 2021.
2. Who will be back with Picard?
We can expect most of the cast from season one to return with Jean-Luc. Evan Evagora is set to return as Romulan warrior Elnor, and Isa Briones as Data’s android daughter, Soji. We also know that Santiago Cabrera will return as Chris Rios, the pilot of the ship La Sirena, as will Michelle Hurd who plays Raffi. Jeri Ryan will also be back as Seven of Nine. Did you notice the relationship hint between Seven and Raffi at the end of season one? Surely that will now be explored in season two. Alison Pill will also return as scientist Agnes Jurati. Harry Tredaway is also confirmed to return as Narek, the Romulan spy. As pretty much the whole cast survived season one, we can be sure we’ll see most of them again for season two.
3. What about Brent Spiner?
One of the most touching and emotive scenes from season one was the final goodbye to Data. It was written and acted superbly and was a fitting way to send off one of Star Trek’s much-loved characters. Is that the end of Brent Spiner’s appearances on Picard? Maybe not. We know he also portrayed Dr Altan Soong in season one, so the door is left open for him to return. He has hinted they he may be back, so here’s hoping. Showrunner Michael Chabon has also said that he created the role for Spiner to possibly return in the future, so fingers crossed.
4. Back in the Director’s chair
Jonathan Frakes, aka William Riker, is more used to the director’s chair than being in front of the camera nowadays. Although, he did a sterling job of portraying Riker in season one. He did direct a couple of episodes too and it’s well known that he’s been behind the camera for episodes of Star Trek: Discovery. The good news is that he’s been confirmed to direct season two of Picard. Whether he reprises his role of Riker on-screen has yet-to-be confirmed, but his confirmation of director can only be a good thing.
You may have seen the clip that was trending across the internet last year from American TV show The View. If not, then it’s worth checking out. In a nutshell, one of the hosts is Whoopi Goldberg. She’s famous for her portrayal as bartender Guinan, in Next Generation. A role she also played in in the films Nemesis and Generations. Patrick Stewart appeared on The View last year and personally invited Whoopi to reprise her role as Guinan for season two. An offer which she gratefully accepted. Whoopi is a fantastic actor, so it’s exciting to see what writer Michael Chabon will do with her character in season two.
6. Next Generation
It was hugely exciting to see Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis reprise their roles as Riker and Counsellor Deanna Troi in season one. But will we see more of the Next Generation cast coming into season two? Well, nothing is one hundred per cent confirmed, but LeVar Burton who played Commander Geordi La Forge has hinted he would love to be part of it. The rumour mill has also mentioned that Michael Dorn could feature as Worf, which would be amazing. We will just have to wait and see if the rumours are true.
7. Patrick the Android
We know that Patrick Stewart portrayed a rather frailer and more reflective Jean-Luc Picard in season one. This caused quite a bit of discussion amongst Trek fans, but the good news is that Dr Soong resurrected his consciousness in android form. This could lead to a stronger and more assertive Jean-Luc in season two. This was hinted it in the final scene of season one. I certainly jumped for joy when Picard raised his finger and forcefully said, ‘Engage’.
8. The Doctor
One of my favourite characters from Star Trek: Voyager was the Doctor, played by the ever-excitable Robert Picardo. Now, I’m not sure how they would slot his character into the Picard universe, but it’s certainly an exciting prospect. Picardo has been very vocal about his love of the show and the work they have done on the characters. If the writers can bring back Seven of Nine from Voyager, then let’s hope that Picardo can make an appearance at some point.
9. The Plot
As I mentioned earlier, the finale of season one hinted at a blossoming relationship between Seven of Nine and Raffi. We can be sure that this will be explored further in season two. The relationship between Agnes and Chris will undoubtably grow in season two as well. The final scene with Picard uttering those immortal words ‘Engage’ no doubt signals a journey into the unknown. We also know that Soji has been saved and the synthetic ban lifted, so she may explore herself further. Star Trek has always reflected the society of the time and this year has certainly been different to any year in living memory. With that in mind, I’m confident that we’ll see conflict; drama and emotion woven into the new series.
Roll on 2021 for Star Trek: Picard Season Two.
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Cobra Kai Season 4 – Review
Cobra Kai season four is out now on Netflix and the All Valley is back and better than ever. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
It’s January, and new shows are popping up everywhere. This brings us to the show that I and my friends have been holding our breaths for: the fourth season of the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai! After three seasons, I wondered if there was anything left to mine from the Karate Kid lore or the Johnny/Daniel dynamic. I am happy to report that this might be my favourite season yet! It manages to not only expand upon the universe it has created, but to bring in a new villain, who is so bad that he threatens to outdo even John Kreese!
Season four sets us off where the third left off, with Johnny and Daniel having joined forces to fight Cobra Kai. Their friendship arc is the glue that holds this season together. The story focuses largely on whether they will be able to pull it together and make their partnership work. As in previous seasons, their relationship has its ups and downs. The stakes are heightened, however, as the season leads up to the All-Valley Tournament. A bet between the three senseis – Kreese, Daniel, and Johnny – means that losing the All Valley is losing the title of sensei.
This season explores the ways that both Johnny and Daniel work with the kids. It also examines the kids’ struggles as they prepare for the All Valley while dealing with conflict within the ever-changing network of friends and enemies in the dojos. Robbie has left juvenile hall and decided to join up with Cobra Kai as a means of inflicting revenge on both his dad and Daniel. Tori and Sam continue their rivalry. And John Reese’s old friend Terry Silver (of Karate Kid 3 fame) shows up to kick Cobra Kai into high gear.
Daniel’s son, Anthony, who has largely been absent until now, faces his own dilemma when his friends begin bullying Kenny, the new kid in town. This soft-spoken middle school character brings us into the world of the younger kids, setting up yet another storyline. Kenny becomes the victim of a gang of kids (including Anthony), enduring round after round of bullying before Robbie takes him under his wing. After his induction into Cobra Kai, the formerly shy middle-schooler becomes a bully himself.
Shades of grey
This brings me to one of my favourite things about the show. The constant back and forth dynamic between characters makes us feel that anything is possible. There is no black and white in the world of Cobra Kai. Where the Karate Kid told us that Daniel was good, and Johnny was bad, this show gives us a very different point of view. It’s a world where we’re never sure who to root for. In this season, we even see Hawk make a return to the “good guys” side after giving up his spot at Cobra Kai.
With Eagle Fang (Johnny’s new dojo) and Miyagi-Do teaming up, the kids – and the adults – have to learn to work together. Of course, complications ensue. Johnny becomes jealous of what he perceives as Miguel’s preference for Daniel over him. Sam wants to learn both her dad’s karate style and Johnny’s, despite her father’s discouragement. Meanwhile, at Cobra Kai, Kreese is losing his grip on the dojo. His former war buddy, Terry Silver, puts off a rather benign appearance in episode one, growing more and more evil with each episode.
This season is lacking in many of the big fight scenes of the previous seasons, instead choosing to focus their energy on the characters. The All Valley Tournament features several great karate matches and offers a satisfying conclusion to Johnny and Daniel’s arc. In the end, Cobra Kai takes the tournament win, but Johnny and Daniel have reached an understanding.
Tori defeats Sam to take the women’s All Valley trophy but later overhears her sensei paying off one of the referees. It’s clear that Cobra Kai has pulled yet another fast one. But the season ends on an even more ominous – and unexpected – note. Terry Silver assaults the over-aged former Cobra Kai member, Stingray, sending him to the hospital. He then makes a deal with Stingray to blame the crime on Kreese. We end the season with Kreese in handcuffs, Terry Silver set to take over Cobra Kai, and the future of Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do uncertain. In a last shocking twist, Miguel leaves town in search of his biological father.
Although some may miss the school hallway throw downs, I found this one satisfying in a different way. It just goes to show that the ever-expanding Cobra Kai universe can keep bringing surprises season after season.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 9/10
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