She was one of the best aliens introduced in Star Trek: The Next Generation, a friend of Captain Jean-Luc Picard with a past never to be revealed.  She saved the galaxy from a bad timeline through Picard’s loyalty to her instincts alone in “Yesterday’s Enterprise.”  In Star Trek: Generations she’s one of the only links to the meaning of the Nexus, thereby putting together an unlikely team of Picard and Captain James T. Kirk.  Her past on Earth goes back as least as far as run-ins with the likes of Mark Twain.  She knows how to wear a cool hat, and the last we saw her was as a guest at the marriage of Will Riker and Deanna Troi.  The wait is over.  Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg returns as Guinan next month in the second season of Star Trek: Picard.  

Unfortunately that also means that John de Lancie is back again as the ever annoying and seemingly omnipotent Q.  Parallel timelines are the norm in Star Trek, and more dabbling with the timeline is the theme of the next season of Star Trek: Picard, complete with a visit to the past, Star Trek: The Voyage Home-style–to 2024, and the first look at Picard & Co. in the Mirror Universe outside J.K. Woodward’s vision of it in the comics pages.  The second trailer features Jeri Ryan back as Seven, running with Patrick Stewart’s resurrected good captain and an alternate version of Data’s maker (Brent Spiner in at least one role), and the new cast members, looking much like the Voyager crew in the two-episode story, “Future’s End.”  Or was that Star Trek: First Contact?

The best fans can hope for is Q actually changing reality.  Maybe he can undo the death of Picard, too, and bring back LeVar Burton as Geordi and Picard’s ex-wife (in more than one timeline), Gates McFadden’s Beverly Crusher.

The sky’s the limit for Picard and friends.  Check out the latest trailers for Star Trek: Picard:

And another trailer:

And an earlier trailer in case you missed it:

Star Trek: Picard returns March 3, 2022, on Paramount+.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg