Star Trek: Picard Hints How Q Is Defeated In Season 2

Star Trek: Picard might've just revealed the ending to Q's season 2 story... through the fairy tale of a mystical wizard. John de Lancie's flamboyant fiddler has returned to torment his favorite plaything in Star Trek: Picard season 2. Seizing Jean-Luc and friends just as the Stargazer exploded, Q whisked them to an altered, dystopian history, and now Picard must set the timeline back on its natural course. Though the scheme is classic Q, something's different on this occasion. The usually unflappable demigod is ailing from some mystery condition, and his death may be nigh...

Star Trek: Picard's "Monsters" picks up season 2's storyline inside the labyrinthine mind of Jean-Luc Picard. Knocked into a coma-like state by Adam Soong (on Q's behalf, naturally), Picard faces his innermost childhood demons, and his mother's tragic experience with mental health. Picard recalls a pleasant memory from before things turned sour, - a fairy story painted on the windows of Ch√Ęteau Picard and brought to life by his mother, Yvette. Though seemingly an innocuous children's tale, Yvette's description of a battle against an evil wizard seems directly comparable to Picard's current chess match against Q - and might, therefore, predict his downfall.

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Yvette begins by introducing a heroic prince and an evil sorcerer which, for our purposes, represent Jean-Luc Picard and Q, respectively. The evil sorcerer comes moments from victory, but finds his magic suddenly "gone." According to Yvette's story, the magic was, "Stolen back in the very manner he had arrived by it in the first place." The fable's scenario feels conspicuously apt, considering Q is currently struggling with his own runaway powers. The wizard's magic being stolen in the same manner it was granted might provide a vital clue as to why Q's life force appears to be fading, and also how his downfall will come about in Star Trek: Picard season 2.

On one hand, Star Trek: The Next Generation proved how the Q Continuum is able to curtail or revoke Q's powers at will. Yvette's story of a wizard whose magic disappeared from whence it came may foreshadow the Q Continuum claiming back Q's godlike gifts permanently, effectively bringing his eons-old existence to an end. Indeed, that may be the outcome Q is currently attempting to avoid with his latest time-twisting exploits. Another possibility is the Q Continuum itself beginning to wane. Q's abilities are an inherent trait of his species, but the Continuum remains largely mysterious in Star Trek lore, and their near-omnipotence may derive from an as-yet-unknown source. Does Yvette's fairy tale suggest the Q Continuum's magical tank is finally running dry?

However the wizard's story is interpreted, Star Trek: Picard works hard to signpost some kind of subtextual relevance to Q. Yvette tells her son the moral of this story is, "There is no better teacher than one's enemy" and many years later, when pondering Q's movements in 2024, Picard mutters this quote back to himself, realizing Q - as his enemy - is also his greatest teacher. In making that connection, Star Trek: Picard essentially confirms Yvette's wizard was an allegory for Q. Secondly, Star Trek: Picard has dropped several hints that Jean-Luc himself is somehow responsible for Q's mystery illness. The prince of Yvette's fairy tale seemingly defeats the wizard without weapon or magic of his own, almost unknowingly. This too fits Star Trek: Picard's central narrative, since Patrick Stewart's Starfleet icon remains completely oblivious to his possible effect upon Q's health.

As well as potentially revealing the cause behind Q's downfall, Star Trek: Picard season 2, episode 7 might also confirm how the timeline is reset back to its natural state. According to Yvette's glass storybook, the magic-less wizard melted and "all was right again." This could mean Q's death will automatically undo Star Trek's entire Confederation timeline, setting history back on course.

More: Picard's Borg Queen Is Repeating Her Exact Same Plan From First Contact

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