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Why the Twist in the ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Season 2 Premiere Works

Pictured: Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard of the CBS All Access series STAR TREK: PICARD. Photo Cr: Trae Patton/CBS ©2019 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Star Trek fans are having a wonderful time given that Star Trek: Discovery is ready to wrap up its fourth season and Star Trek: Picard is starting season 2 today. And with that premiere came a look into a new life for Jean-Luc Picard and a twist that will leave fans of The Next Generation on the edge of their seats.

It’s fun, exciting, and a great look into where we’re heading for season 2 and so let’s get into what happens in season 2 and what the ending twist can mean.

**Spoilers for the season 2 premiere of Star Trek: Picard lie ahead.**

The season premiere of Picard brought us the golem version of Jean-Luc Picard working with Starfleet once more, with his team from the first season in places of power throughout the Federation. They’re working to make the universe a better place, and Picard got to see some old friends again, like Whoopi Goldberg’s Guinan at her new bar.

What I completely forgot about (somehow) was that Q was back in the world of Picard and that you can’t trust anything happening before you. In my excitement at having the show back, I was lost in the crew taking on a new Borg issue and facing off against a queen destroying their ship and the dire situation they were in. I trusted that Picard would get them out of it.

What I forgot was that Q could trick Picard into believing it as the truth.

A Q twist always works

I don’t know how the show did it; I don’t know why I didn’t think about the return of Q, but as I was watching this episode, I kept wondering how they were going to get out of this situation. Then, suddenly, I was looking at John de Lancie from The Next Generation before he snapped into the John de Lancie we know now, and I gasped like I didn’t know Q was around.

Watching as Picard, Rios, Raffi, and the crew on the bridge fought for their lives, I was shocked when we were suddenly in Picard’s home. I thought he was transported there by someone else, that he was thrown into a memory only to hear “Mon capitaine” and instantly know what was happening. Q was messing with him, and somehow, I had completely been tricked yet again. I knew Q was coming. I knew he was going to face off again with Picard, and yet, I still fell for his antics, and it was so good.

The premiere of Picard knew how to rope us into this story and have us get invested in the new future of these characters we know and love and throw Q into the mix without making it obvious that this is another one of his tricks, and it was a fantastic way to bring the character back into the world of Jean-Luc Picard. Now, we know that Picard is in for a journey in season 2.

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