American television series Star Trek: Picard’s second season portrays Jean-Luc Picard and his crew as they try to rescue the future after time is broken. With Akiva Goldsman and Terry Matalas acting as showrunners for this season, CBS Studios and Secret Hideout are producing the season.
Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and other Star Trek media, reprises his role in this film. Alison Pill, Jeri Ryan, Orla Brady, and Brent Spiner also appear. Months before the formal announcement of a second season in January 2020, the show’s showrunner Michael Chabon, who stayed as a writer and executive producer throughout the first season, was in development. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, filming started in February 2021 in California and continued until September, filming back-to-back with season three.
The season will begin airing on Paramount+ on March 3rd, 2022, and continue for 10 episodes until May 5th, 2022.
Two episodes were written by Michael Chabon, and Jonathan Frakes returned to helm many episodes. Michael Weaver, who directed the season’s tenth and last episode, and Lea Thompson both served as directors for the season.
- Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
- Alison Pill as Agnes Juris
- Isa Briones as Soji Asha
- Evan Evagora as Elnor
- Michelle Hurd as Raffi Musiker
- Santiago Cabrera as Cristobal “Chris” Rios
- Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine
- Orla Brady as Laris
- Brent Spiner as Altan Inigo Soong
The second season of Star Trek: Picard was planned from the start, according to executive producer Heather Kadin, who broke the news in October 2018. The producers were aware that Patrick Stewart had signed on for at least two seasons and that a third season would be produced.
“We are set up for perhaps three years of this event,” Stewart said in February of 2019.
A second season might begin production as early as March 2020, according to Stewart’s statement in September of that year. An additional season was “already in the works” before the first season premiered, according to co-creator Alex Kurtzman.
Author Michael Chabon struck a multi-year contract with CBS Television Studios at the beginning of December to adapt his book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay into a television series. Chabon would stay as showrunner of Picard until he had to concentrate on Kavalier & Clay at some time in 2020, and he would continue to be artistically active in Picard as executive producer after that. After receiving $20.45 million in tax credits from the California Film Commission, production on the show was given the go-ahead for a second 10-episode season a week later. When it was expanded in September 2014, this was the most any television series has received from the program. A formal renewal was anticipated once a second-season showrunner had been hired.
There will be two unique storylines for the second and third seasons despite being produced concurrently. Inspired by Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Matalas came up with the idea for a time-travel plot in the second season (1986). Kurtzman told Chabon and Goldsman that they were confident in the season’s narrative when they met with Stewart to pitch it in December of 2019.
First-season critics had Kurtzman’s back, but in March, Chabon indicated the show will not be influenced by those who felt the first season didn’t reach their expectations. As of that point, the second season’s whole plot had been revealed, and the scripting had already started. Although production delays caused by a pandemic allowed for more episodes to be written and previous episodes to be edited, one lesson learned from the first season, according to Goldsman, was knowing how the season would conclude before beginning shooting. Filming started in early 2021, and the season’s writing was completed, but Goldsman claimed it would be unclear if they were successful in telling the whole tale until the editing was finished.
The COVID-19 epidemic forced a postponement of filming from mid-June 2020 until January 2021.
While Ryan initially said that production would begin on February 1, she later disclosed that it had been postponed yet another time in December of the following year. In order to continue shooting in California for the second season, the show acquired tax benefits. Principal photography started on February 16. In April, de Lancie claimed that the second and third seasons were being shot concurrently, and noted that the production was following stringent protocols onset due to the epidemic, with cast and staff members being checked weekly.
One of the most massive television series teams ever assembled for the show’s first two seasons had more than 450 people. The second season production wrapped on September 2 and then completely transitioned onto shooting season three.
In December 2020, composer Jeff Russo indicated that he was thinking about the music for the season, adding, “there’s a lot going on there”.
At Sony Pictures Scoring Stage in December 2021, Russo began recording the season’s orchestral music for the season finale on January 12, 2022.
It will begin airing on March 3, 2022, on Paramount+ in the United States, and last until May 5, with 10 episodes. Each episode of Picard is shown in Canada by Bell Media on the specialty channels CTV Sci-Fi Channel (in English) and Z (in French) on the same day as the Paramount+ release before streaming on Crave.
Amazon Prime Video broadcasts the episodes 24 hours after they are released in the United States in more than 200 additional nations and territories.