Ido Aghayere cast as the younger Guinan also creates a stark contrast to the aged Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: Picard season 2. This is likely by design when one remembers Whoopi Goldberg's Guinan saying how she aged herself on purpose to put her human customers - and Picard - more at ease. The younger Guinan in 2024 is also remarkably frustrated with humanity and angry in ways Goldberg's Guinan never was, but Picard was able to use the future Guinan's words to touch upon 2024 Guinan's trans-temporal awareness, bridging both versions of the El-Aurian. There are obviously further implications to the timeline if none of Star Trek happened as Trekkers remember it, but isolated to Star Trek: Picard, Guinan's history with Jean-Luc is a side effect. And it stands to reason that Guinan in 2024 doesn't have memories of Star Trek's Prime timeline the way Picard and his motley crew do because Guinan hasn't lived those events yet when Jean-Luc finds her in Star Trek: Picard season 2, episode 4.
The cast of Star Trek: Picard season 2 includes Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Jeri Ryan, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Orla Brady, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, Brent Spiner, along with Annie Wersching and special guest stars Whoopi Goldberg and John de Lancie.
Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet crew of the Federation starship Enterprise-D. In this episode, the crew of the Enterprise encounters a flamboyant space rogue, while Data tries to learn humor from a holographic comedian.
As the Federation starship Enterprise, under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, passes through the Coalition of Madena, it detects a small cargo ship, under manual control by its occupant. The crew makes contact with the pilot, Captain Thadiun Okona (William O. Campbell), who requests help to repair a part on his ship. Captain Picard agrees and the Enterprise tows Okona's ship while Okona is brought on board. The crew soon finds that Okona has taken a keen interest in the women on the ship, beginning with Transporter Chief Robinson (Teri Hatcher in an uncredited role) and is in no rush to effect repairs.
In 2018, CBR also noted this episode for guest starring William O. Campbell, before he became more famous due to starring in the 1991 film The Rocketeer three years later as well as other later roles in his acting career.
After managing to overpower the First Magistrate and his gunmen, Raffi takes the grievously wounded Elnor to sickbay as Rios goes back to evading the Confederation starships pursuing them. The more serious Q still has time to taunt Picard over he and his friends constantly using violence to win out while Rios and Seven destroy one of the starships chasing them. In the confusion, the Queen is freed of her restraints and quickly takes control of the ship, destroying the remaining Confederation ships before calculating the proper trajectory to slingshot around the sun and travel back in time to the year 2024.
The first season of "Star Trek: Picard" did what few thought possible: Bring back a beloved character and a star actor who had long moved on from his role as captain of the Enterprise, and continued his adventures into the new millennium. It had been nearly 20 years since we'd seen him Jean-Luc Picard, and while there had been plenty of "Star Trek" in that time, "Picard" still managed to offer up something new and daring, with plenty of surprises. But it was also filled with loads of callbacks, from the surprise inclusion of "Voyager" fan favorite Seven Of Nine to plot threads that tied back to an unexpected classic episode.
The premiere episode of "Picard" Season 2 opens in media res, with Starfleet officers scurrying through the corridors in the middle of what appears to be a battle aboard a starship. Arriving on the bridge, things aren't looking good, as an unseen villain is tapping into the ship's systems and appears to be gaining control. Unable to overpower the enemy, Picard commands the ship's computer to activate the auto-destruct sequence. We later learn the enemy is the Borg, and longtime fans will note this isn't the first time that Picard has had to order self-destruct due to a Borg invasion. It is, however, a major change from his previous behavior, and shows he's learned a lesson from a certain former Klingon security chief.
The "Picard" Season 2 premiere gives us a surprising glimpse into the childhood of Jean-Luc Picard, and hints that something terrible may have happened to his mother when he was young. But it's his mother's inspiring words to the young Picard, as he looked up into the night sky, that are the source of character drama in this episode. In flashbacks, we see how Yvette Picard nurtured her son's love of the stars, offering to build him an observatory of sorts on the family estate. We know from the "TNG" episode "Family" that Picard's father decried his son's choice to enter Starfleet, so it seems a fitting revelation that it was his mother who helped ignite his exploratory spirit.
But in his speech to the Academy, Picard chooses to quote his mother with a phrase that clearly has stuck with him all of his life, as they looked out to the stars above: "let's see what's out there." It's an inspiring moment, and one that affected Picard greatly, and diehard Trekkies will remember this line for its appearance in the "TNG" premiere "Encounter At Farpoint." In the closing moments of that episode, having completed their first mission, that was Captain Picard's final command to his crew as they departed the planet. It's a fine callback to a classic episode, and a clever way of giving an innocent line of dialogue an emotional context.
But the biggest and best nod might the use of "The Next Generation" theme music front and center, which begins when Jurati first beams aboard Rios' starship, and reaches a crescendo when he orders them to warp. While shows like "Star Trek: Discovery" and even the first season of "Picard" had seemingly tried to step out from the pure nostalgia of "The Next Generation" and past "Trek" series, it looks like Season 2 has chosen to fully embrace it.
Of course, Seven Of Nine notes that this Stargazer is also part of a new class of starships using Borg technology taken from the reclaimed cube in Season 1. This follows many stories in "Star Trek: Voyager," where Captain Janeway and Seven Of Nine would often use the ex-Borg's nano-probes to augment various systems when the need arose. Those tactics seem to have been embraced by Starfleet and implemented on a broader scale after Voyager returned to the Alpha Quadrant, and subsequent to the Borg Reclamation Project.
Season 1 of "Star Trek: Picard" only gave us a brief glimpse of any Federation starships, with most of the action taking place aboard Rio's freighter the La Sirena. While we did get a look at a fleet of starships commanded by Captain Riker in the season's climax, fans levied some serious criticism of it being mostly comprised of one or two new designs copy and pasted onto a starfield in what was seen as a disappointing cop-out. This time around though, it seem the producers of the series listened, and made sure not to repeat the same mistake. Here, the fleet of ship's that arrives to the scene of a massive spatial anomaly is packed with different classes of starship, and a mix of new and recognizable designs.
When the trailers for "Star Trek: Picard" Season 2 first dropped, many fans noticed a key shot of Rios' ship the La Sirena flying very close to the sun. Combined with the time travel nature of story on display, many began speculating that the sequence shown might be the ship using a classic "Trek" trope, the Slingshot Effect, to travel back in time. First seen in "Star Trek: The Original Series" during episode "Tomorrow Is Yesterday," it requires advanced computer calculations, with the aid of a highly intelligent co-pilot, to achieve a time warp effect by flying close to a star and "slingshotting" around it.
There, Voyager encounters the USS Equinox, a science vessel that, like Voyager, has become trapped in the Delta Quadrant. After a happy reunion, Captain Janeway learns that Ransom and his crew have been kidnapping and torturing alien life forms to fuel their upgraded warp drive. It's a nail-biting adventure and one of the very best of "Voyager." The Nova class starship is a standout in the episode in a number of thrilling action sequences, and its return in "Assimilation" is a welcome one. It would appear, however, that the Nova class in this reality is more than a mere science vessel and armed to the teeth for combat and tactical missions such as hunting the La Sirena.
If you're looking for some deep cut Easter eggs, strap in because this one's a doozy. In "Assimilation," after Confederation officers shoot Elnor, Raffi takes him for emergency medical treatment. Struggling to keep him alive, it starts to look like the young Romulan officer isn't going to make it. Elnor instructs Raffi to hand him a medallion he keeps in his pocket, explaining that it's a relic given to him by the Qowat Molat nuns on Romulus. He says it gives him comfort and wants to hold it as he lies dying.
Adam Soong's work in eugenics leads to a number of important breakthroughs, but it hasn't been without its controversy either. Having apparently experimented on ex-soldiers through a private contractor, he's been brought before a medical review board to explain himself. Among the panelists however, is a man with surname that fans of "The Next Generation" should know well. A dark-haired man sits silently with a cold stare, and his nameplate reads "Vassily Rozhenko, Vice Chair." This can not be anything other than an Easter egg referencing the "Next Generation" main character Lieutenant Worf, the orphaned Klingon officer. After being found by humans at the site of the Khitomer Massacre as a child, Worf was raised by human foster parents on Earth, a kind Russian couple named Sergey and Helena Rozhenko. 781b155fdc