Terry Matalas essentially erased Star Trek: Picard’s prior two seasons.
It’d be fair to say that Star Trek: Picard’s third season erased, dare I say, even retconned the first two seasons of the show. Not only was the writing vastly different, bringing far more levity to the proceedings than the first two prior seasons but they outright ignored the biggest plots and outcomes of season two.
It may not seem like it, but Picard had established a slew of things that got retconned or dropped in season two. Firstly, the death of Data. It was pretty evident that season one’s death of Data was supposed to be permanent, but that didn’t stick, as showrunner Terry Matalas brought back Data, yet again, for season three.
Not only was that plot line dropped, but the romantic pairing between Seven of Nine and Raffi was barely explored at all during the season. Was this by accident? By the series finale, the two women were serving with one another on the bridge of the Enterprise-G, which pretty much confirms they’re no longer together. It seems beyond problematic to have spouses serve as captain and commander of a starship.
Star Trek: Picard also ignored the two biggest points of season two
There was confusion in Picard’s second season that the Borg Queen who was Jurati somehow retconned the Borg, making them do-gooders, more passive and wanting to help. That wasn’t the case, and the “good Borg” that was alluded to, as well as Jurati, were essentially forgotten about in the “bin of bad ideas”. While Allison Pill made it clear she wasn’t coming back, one would think she’d be open to it for the right price. If not, and they wanted to use the character, they could’ve re-casted her.
Clearly, Matalas didn’t want to use the Jurati Queen, and bring back Alice Kreig, and using the original Borg Queen that Picard did battle with was his way of erasing the terrible season two beginning and ending.
That wasn’t the only character that got a bad storyline expunged from their record, as Q returned in the series finale to confront Jack Crusher (er Picard?). Jack, assuming Q had died, confronts the diety, only to be met with “Meh, never happened”. Considering season two was all about Q’s eventual “death”, only for a healthy and fun Q to return to mess with Jack, it’s fair to say that Matalas retconned the entire second season as well.