Classic 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' villain Q returns in new 'Star Trek: Picard' trailer

Watch: John De Lancie returns as Q in new Picard teaser

John de Lancie returns as the villainous Q in the trailer for the second series of Star Trek: Picard.

The anti-hero, who first appeared in the pilot of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987, confronts Sir Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard in the tense one-minute teaser.

American actor John de Lancie (as Q) in a scene from the final episode of the television series 'Star Trak: The Next Generation,' entitled 'All Good Things...', May 23, 1994. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
John de Lancie (as Q) the final episode Star Trek: The Next Generation - 'All Good Things...', 1994. (CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

After breaking into his French chateau, Q says: “You’re a bit older than I imagined. Mon capitaine, how I’ve missed you.”

Released to mark the annual Captain Picard Day, the teaser sees Picard in a race to save time itself and hints towards the series taking place in an alternate timeline.

John De Lancie in Picard (Amazon Prime/Paramount+)
John De Lancie in Picard (Amazon Prime/Paramount+)

“We can save the future,” he says to his colleagues Captain Cristobal “Chris” Rios (Santiago Cabrera) and former Borg drone Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan).

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The first series saw Sir Patrick’s much-loved character, who he played on TV and in films from 1987 to 2002, during the next chapter of his life, living on the family vineyard.

Series two of Star Trek: Picard will stream on Amazon Prime Video in 2022.

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