The fourth episode of the second season of Star Trek: Picard finally reveals who the Guardian is that Jean-Luc Picard ( Patrick Stewart ) and his crew are searching for in the past of 2024 to fix their time again. Until then, the Starfleet veteran in the episode has to go through an old acquaintance: In the same bar in Los Angeles where we saw her older version ( Whoopi Goldberg ) again in episode 1, Picard almost hits 400 years earlier on a young Guinan (played by Ito Aghayere ).
The El-Aurian, who was disillusioned with humanity at the time, obviously does not recognize Picard in this encounter, which is not surprising to Picard. However, some fans of the previous series Starship Enterprise: The Next Century (aka Star Trek: The Next Generation) might object here. Because even if Picard and Guinan only experience adventures together on the Enterprise more than 300 years later, they actually met long before that. But there is a simple explanation for this supposed contradiction…
First meeting in the 19th century
But first things first: Picard’s current detour to the year 2024 is by no means the first time travel for the famous space explorer. In the «Next Generation» double episode «Danger from the 19th Century» (Season 5, Episode 26 & Season 6, Episode 1) Picard and some of his officers even go to the year 1893, after a head of Android Data ( Brent Spiner ), who has been there since that year.
CBS Guinan and Picard’s encounter in the 19th century
In the 19th century, Picard and Co. not only became acquainted with the legendary author Mark Twain, but also met a younger Guinan, who was already on Earth at that time. For the very slowly aging El-Aurian, it is her first encounter with Picard, a formative encounter clearly remembered vividly later aboard the Enterprise. But why does the Guinan of the year 2024 not know about this getting to know each other?
Another episode of Q’s actions
The new Guinan actress Ito Aghayere, who was a big «Next Generation» fan herself as a child, asked herself exactly the same question, but didn’t get a clear answer from «Picard» author Terry Matalas , as she told Variety in an interview betrayed. However, Matalas then provided an explanation via a representative of the streaming service Paramount+ (where «Picard» is shown in the USA):
«[Guinan] doesn’t recognize Picard because he traveled back from a future where Starfleet doesn’t exist, so the whole thing with Data’s head from ‘Nineteenth Century Menace’ never happened either.» In the dark one In the alternate timeline created by the intervention of Q ( John de Lancie ), Picard never traveled back to 1893 and thus did not meet Guinan there either, which is why the 2024 encounter is now her first with the Starfleet Admiral — though Picard himself (as well as his crewmates) still retain the knowledge and awareness of his original timeline.
The fact that the Guinan from the 21st century does not recognize her old friend is not a continuity error or carelessness on the part of the «Picard» authors, but a consequence of the established time travel logic in the series.
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Whether Picard and his cronies can undo Q’s timeline shenanigans (and thus restore the 19th-century Guinan meeting) remains to be seen in the remaining six episodes of Star Trek: Picard’s second season. , which in Germany always appear on Amazon Prime Video on Friday mornings .
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