While John DeLancie did reprise the role of Q for one episode of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and a few episodes of “Star Trek: Voyager,” the only way in which he’s played the part of Q recently is through voice only as a one-off gag in “Star Trek: Lower Decks.” Don’t think all that time means DeLancie doesn’t still have that omnipotent it factor, though. “It’s been 25 years, but I kind of found myself getting into the saddle really easily,” DeLancie revealed in a Cameo for one of his fans. “It wasn’t difficult at all.”
The big reveal was how Q is different on “Star Trek: Picard”: “I must say it’s not the sort of Puck-ish, Mercutio of old,” he said. “It’s a different Q this time. It’s what they wanted, and I think that it makes sense. But Patrick [Stewart] and I have had a nice opening scenes and scenes with Brent and working with Jonathan Frakes. It’s been really interesting, and I am delighted. Who would have thought?”
The question is: What kind of Q have we not seen before? We’ve seen Q as a villain, as a helpless human, and we’ve seen him lay in bed with both Picard and Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) on “Star Trek: Voyager.” We’ve seen Q be comical, we’ve seen him be serious, we’ve seen him break the rules of the Q Continuum, and we’ve even seen Q dogmatically try and keep others following those rules.
“Star Trek: Picard” Season 2 is set to air in 2022 on Paramount+, the successor platform to CBS All Access where Season 1 debuted.