With season two of Star Trek: Picard coming later this year, excitement is mounting with the return of Q.
Especially as a new trailer has dropped teasing more about what is going to happen in season two.
Q is back
Q was undoubtedly one of the best characters from TNG. The multi-dimensional omnipotent alien was always a thorn in Jean-Luc’s side. Normally it involved playing practical jokes or showing (in often disruptive ways), how humans could improve. Played by the brilliant John de Lancie, the return of Q has caused quite a stir online amongst Star Trek fans. The new trailer shows a confused Picard who seems to be in an alternate timeline. His Romulan housekeepers have disappeared, and all is not what it seems. Cue, Q (like what I did?). Appearing much older, he utters the words. “Mon Capitaine, how I’ve missed you”. I must admit to getting a bit excited at that.
But why would he come back so late in Picard’s life? Surely, he’s had enough of winding him up when he was in command of a starship? It seems not.
We know from the end of season one that Picard is now a synthetic being without his terminal brain illness. We also know that the whole crew from season one is returning. Whether that excites you or not is subjective of course, but the trailer teased Seven of Nine without her Borg augmentation. Could this mean we have entered an alternate universe? The rumour is that Q has been up to his usual tricks and has been messing around with timelines. Whether he is there to help or hinder Picard will only be revealed once season two gets underway. But it’s interesting that the writers have brought him back. He was certainly a fan favourite character from TNG and Voyager. It’s quite clear from the trailer that time has changed as all the cast members seem to be in a confused state.
It’s interesting that the writers have chosen to go down this route. Particularly as Star Trek: Discovery has already covered time travel and alternate universes. That said, Q being back on the scene tinkering with time has certainly whetted the appetite.
Time is broken
In the trailer, Picard utters the words, “Time has been broken. We can save the future”. The leads us to think the alternate timeline is the most likely scenario. You can also see that some of the crew have different badges on; not Starfleet as we know it. Perhaps there has been a fracture within the federation, or maybe it’s gone entirely? The trailer teases so many questions. The biggest one must be whether it’s Picard’s actions that may have altered time?
Fans of TNG will recall the episodes ‘Tapestry’ and ‘All Good Things…’. Q revealed to Picard that it was his actions that made timelines rupture. This could be what unravels during this season. It may not be Q that’s caused it after all but Picard, with Q arriving to help him undo that harm he’s done. Whichever way it falls, it’s going to be interesting to see whether the prime timeline is left for good. I can imagine that will cause upset amongst fans, but I guess we will have to wait and see.
To age, or not to age
We know that Picard has aged. He’s only human after all. Well, he’s technically a synthetic human now, but he’s still old. But it’s not been explained as of yet why Q looks older. The obvious answer is that actor John de Lancie is 25 years older than he was when he was last on our screens. There could be a couple of reasons why Q has aged. The first is to make Picard feel more comfortable with his own ageing and mortality. Q always liked to wear Starfleet uniform when on the Enterprise, much to Picard’s annoyance. He’s always had the ability to be able to adapt his appearance to whomever he is meeting. This ageing could be for Picard’s benefit. The other explanation is that Q has aged. Maybe his species do have the inevitability of ageing that humans do.
As it seems certain that the season will be jumping time, we may also see some digital de-ageing technology used on Picard and Q.
Especially if some scenes jump back 25 years to the TNG years.
A little longer to wait
The trailer gives away quite a bit without saying too much. We’re certain that time is disrupted, which in turn has brought Q back. It also looks like the Federation has changed in some form. And that Seven of Nine now looks fully human. How the writers explore those concepts will have to wait until season two drops. We also know that a third season has been filmed back-to-back, which means we have Picard for a while longer yet.
Let’s hope this season doesn’t disappoint. And that we get to boldly go where no Star Trek franchise has gone before.
You can see the trailer here:
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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
Thank you for reading our review of Cobra Kai season four. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
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