Is The Star Trek: Picard Season 2 Villain Revealed In New Casting?
Star Trek is back in a big and bad way. One of the classic Star Trek franchises continues in Picard, which will see season two release soon. Season 1 of Picard continued the journey of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jean-Luc Picard, as he deals with the ever-changing universe around him. The new season is currently set to premiere in 2022, but a new casting might have revealed the Star Trek: Picard season 2 villain. And the inclusion of this character creates a lot of different possibilities for storytelling.
How Star Trek: Picard Season 1 Continues Jean-Luc’s Story
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Picard season 1 was brilliant because, while the universe around the titular character changed, he was still very much the same person. So it was interesting to see how, basically an ‘old man’ dynamic worked in the Star Trek universe, with Romulans, Borg and synthetic life forms. The season’s success was in just that, advancing the world-building. But doing it through the lens of a character who, like the audience, is stuck in the past. The shockingly stunning ending of Star Trek: Picard season 1 created a lot of different avenues for storytelling in the future. And with the casting of the Star Trek: Picard season 2 villain, it looks like we found out some of those paths.
In a new report from Variety, we now know that Annie Wersching will be the Borg Queen in Star Trek: Picard season 2. The character is not new in the Star Trek universe, appearing in movies like First Contact and most notably playing a major role in Star Trek: Voyager. The Borg have always been a huge force of evil within this universe. They’ve also had many story arcs on many different series focusing on the Borg threat. So to bring in the Borg Queen into season 2 of Star Trek: Picard will be interesting. To say the least.
Why The Star Trek: Picard Season 2 Villain Reveal Is Such A Big Deal
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Warning: Some spoilers for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Picard season 1, and the many movies to follow.
Star Trek fans will know just huge a deal it is that the Borg Queen will be in Picard season 2. The Borg has been one of the franchise’s larger, big-picture villains through, more or less, every iteration. More importantly, one of the largest storylines of Jean-Luc Picard involved being turned into a Borg drone himself. As a Borg named Locutus, Picard did terrible things, something that the TNG franchise made him face on multiple occasions. The Queen herself was also a prominent part of Star Trek: Voyager, especially when it came to the drone-turned-Starfleet crew member, Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan). Coincidentally, or maybe not so, Seven appeared in season 1 of Picard.
Given how Picard season 1 ended, the casting of the Star Trek: Picard season 2 villain is even more interesting. Picard is now, for all intents and purposes, a synthetic being. The inclusion of the Borg Queen, someone who was, the hive mind for a race of robotic drones, could have wide-spanning ramifications. How does being a synthetic with all his memories and feeling intact, affect Picard? And is he now susceptible to the Queen with this newfound status? I guess there are the questions that we will get answers to when Picard season 2 releases.
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Star Trek: Picard premieres on Paramount Plus in 2022
What do you think of this new casting announcement for the Star Trek: Picard season 2 villain? Or will she even be a villain? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
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