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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Read about why The Orville is more Star Trek than Star Trek HERE.
Check out IMDb information about Picard HERE.
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
Thank you for reading our review of Loki episode six. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
Read our Loki episode five review HERE.
Read IMDB information about Loki HERE.
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