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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Loki Episode 6 – Review
Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
More to come
The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.
Introducing the big bad
We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.
She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.
Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.
Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.
Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.
Setting up season two
Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.
Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.
I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.
Phase 4 groundwork
It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.
There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.
But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10
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