Adding to a growing number of television shows pausing production due to COVID-19, the Paramount Plus series Star Trek: Picard halted production this past Monday due to an outbreak of the illness across multiple zones including the cast in Zone A.  According to THR, 50 members of the Picard cast and crew tested positive on January 3rd, the first day back from their Holiday break. The Star Trek series production team is huge with over 450 folks on staff. Deadline reports that Patrick Stewart is not among those who tested positive. 

Star Trek: Picard is currently filming seasons 2 and 3 back to back. No word on where they were in the filming schedule when production shut down, but presumably it was season 3 since season 2 is slated to premiere in February (although a specific date has yet to be released).  Production is expected to ramp up again next week. No other information has been released. 

Star Trek: Picard sophomore season promises an exciting time travel adventure as the Borg Queen (Annie Wersching) and Q (John de Lancie) are set to make the former Enterprise captain’s life miserable. In a trailer released last September on Star Trek Day, Q reminds Picard of his words to him long ago, “The trial never ends.” Then, with a snap a la Thanos, he changes the current world into a “totalitarian nightmare.” It’s a grim place and according to Picard, “The only way to heal our future is to go back and repair the past.” When in the past? The 21st century. How are they going to get there? Well, they’ll need to go see about a Borg Queen about that. I am so in. 

Star Trek: Picard stars Patrick Stewart, Jeri Ryan, Alison PillIsa BrionesEvan EvagoraMichelle HurdSantiago CabreraOrla Brady and Brent Spiner. Check out the season two trailer below.

Audrey Kearns