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Star Trek Picard
In gold letters, the words Star Trek are written above the word Picard, with the A in Picard replaced by the Starfleet symbol reflecting a bright light.
Genre
Created by
Based onStar Trek: The Next Generation
by Gene Roddenberry
Starring
Composer(s)Jeff Russo
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Santa Clarita, California
Running time45–60 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS All Access
Picture formatHDTV 1080p (2.39:1)
Dolby Vision
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23) –
present (present)
Chronology
Preceded byStar Trek: Discovery
Related shows
External links
Website

Star Trek: Picard is an American web television series created for CBS All Access by Kirsten Beyer, Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon and Alex Kurtzman. It is the eighth series in the Star Trek franchise and centers on the character Jean-Luc Picard. Set at the end of the 24th century, 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), the storyline focuses on the effect of the destruction of the android Commander Data, which occurred in the climax of that film, as well as the destruction of the planet Romulus, which occurred in the 2009 film Star Trek.

Patrick Stewart is an executive producer of the series and stars as Picard, reprising his role from Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as other Star Trek media. Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, and Isa Briones also star. Several actors from previous Star Trek series also reprise their roles, including Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, Marina Sirtis, and Jonathan Frakes.[1] Rumors began to circulate in June 2018, when Kurtzman began his expansion. The official announcement came in August of that year, after months of negotiations with Stewart. He had previously said that he would not return to the franchise after Nemesis. Filming began in California in April 2019; the series' official title was announced a month later.

Star Trek: Picard premiered on January 23, 2020; its first season consists of ten episodes. It has received positive reviews, with praise for its screenplay, direction, visual effects, and performances (particularly those of Stewart, Cabrera, and Hurd), although it has received some criticism for its pacing and darker tone. Before the launch, CBS All Access renewed Star Trek: Picard for a second ten-episode season.

Premise[edit]

Nearly two decades after Commander Data's demise, and following the destruction of the Romulan star system and the withdrawal of Federation support for its evacuation, Jean-Luc Picard and Starfleet "separated" for reasons that have never been made public by either party—until now. Picard has been having recurrent dreams in which he interacts with Data. One of these recalls a painting Data titled "Daughter". A mysterious young woman named Dahj comes to Picard for help, and he discovers that she is a biological synthetic created by Dr. Bruce Maddox based on Data's positronic brain, making her Data's daughter. After Dahj is murdered by a secret society of Romulans who believe that she is a prophesied "Destroyer" of all life, Picard learns that she has a twin sister. He makes it his mission to find her and to preserve the legacy of his old friend.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard: A retired Starfleet admiral and former captain of its flagship vessel USS Enterprise.
  • Alison Pill as Dr. Agnes Jurati: A doctor working for the Daystrom Institute's Division of Advanced Synthetic Research in Okinawa who was recruited by Dr. Bruce Maddox.
  • Isa Briones as
    • Dahj and Soji Asha: The twin android daughters of the late Lieutenant Commander Data. Dahj asks Picard to help her find out why she is being attacked—and why she is able to defend herself so well. She is destroyed before his eyes. Soji works on a Borg cube known as the "Artifact", now in the hands of Romulans, where she helps to reclaim victims of the Borg.
    • Sutra, an android on her home planet, created by Bruce Maddox and Altan Inigo Soong.
  • Evan Evagora as Elnor:[2][3] A Romulan refugee, rescued by Picard when he was a child. He is an expert in hand-to-hand combat and is fiercely loyal to Picard.[4] He has been raised never to lie.
  • Michelle Hurd as Rafaella "Raffi" Musiker:[5][2] A former Starfleet intelligence officer struggling with substance abuse who served as Picard's first officer during the Romulan evacuation.[6]
  • Santiago Cabrera as Cristóbal "Chris" Rios: A former Starfleet officer, now owner and pilot of La Sirena. He is also a skilled thief. Picard has hired his services on Raffi's recommendation. Cabrera also plays his ship's five emergency holograms, each with their own area of expertise.
  • Harry Treadaway as Narek: A Romulan spying on Soji Asha for the Zhat Vash; he becomes her lover as part of his cover.

Recurring[edit]

  • Jamie McShane as Zhaban, a Romulan and former member of the Tal Shiar, who now acts as Picard's butler.
  • Orla Brady as Laris, a Romulan and a former member of the Tal Shiar, who now manages Picard's vineyard and household.
  • Peyton List as Narissa, a Romulan spy, a member of the Zhat Vash posing as Lieutenant Rizzo, a human operative of Starfleet Security, and Narek's sister.
  • Tamlyn Tomita as Commodore Oh, seemingly a Vulcan Starfleet officer and head of Starfleet Security, but secretly a half-Romulan operative of the Tal Shiar and Rizzo's contact in the Fleet.
  • Jonathan Del Arco as Hugh: A former Borg drone who appeared in the Next Generation episodes "I, Borg" and "Descent, Part II".[2] He has since become the Executive Director of the Borg Reclamation Project.

Guest stars[edit]

  • Brent Spiner as
    • Data: A sentient android who served under Picard as Second Officer and Chief Operations Officer aboard the Enterprise, until he sacrificed himself to save Picard in Star Trek: Nemesis.[7][2] Picard sees Data in his dreams in "Remembrance", and in a quantum simulation in "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2".
    • Altan Inigo Soong: The son of Noonian Soong, a research partner of Bruce Maddox, who resides on Coppelius as a surrogate father to the synthetics living there.
  • Jonathan Frakes as William Riker: A retired Starfleet Captain of the USS Titan and formerly Picard's first officer on the Enterprise. He and Troi married at the beginning of Star Trek: Nemesis.[2] Riker appears with Troi in "Nepenthe" and by himself in "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2".
  • Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine: A former Borg drone liberated from the Collective by Captain Kathryn Janeway and the crew of the USS Voyager. Ryan was a regular on Star Trek: Voyager seasons four through seven.[2] She currently is part of a group called the Fenris Rangers that helps people in need.[8][9]
  • Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi: Former counselor on the Enterprise, she and Riker married at the beginning of Star Trek: Nemesis.[2] Troi appears with Riker in "Nepenthe".

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [10]
1"Remembrance"Hanelle CulpepperTeleplay by : Akiva Goldsman and James Duff
Story by : Akiva Goldsman & Michael Chabon & Kirsten Beyer & Alex Kurtzman and James Duff
January 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)
In 2399, retired admiral Jean-Luc Picard is interviewed about his retirement: In 2385, two years prior to the Romulan supernova,[N 1] an attack on Mars by rogue synthetics resulted in the destruction of the armada tasked with evacuating the Romulan system's inhabitants; Starfleet banned synthetics and reneged on its promise to aid the evacuation, prompting Picard to resign and retire to his vineyard. A woman named Dahj kills Romulan assailants after they infiltrate her apartment and murder her boyfriend. She experiences visions of Picard; after seeing his interview, she seeks him out. Picard visits the Starfleet Archive Museum, where he examines a painting by the late Lieutenant Commander Data that features a woman who resembles Dahj. Dahj asks Picard for his help, but is killed by the Romulan assassins. Picard questions scientist Agnes Jurati about the possibility of creating a sentient organic-passing android, deducing that Dahj is actually Data's daughter; Jurati tells him Dahj must have an identical twin sister. At a Romulan reclamation site located inside a Borg cube, Romulan Narek meets Soji Asha, the sister in question.
2"Maps and Legends"Hanelle CulpepperMichael Chabon & Akiva GoldsmanJanuary 30, 2020 (2020-01-30)

A flashback shows the attack by synthetics 14 years ago that destroyed the Mars Utopia Planitia Shipyards.

Following Dahj's death, Picard seeks to track her twin Soji down. With the help of his housekeeper Laris, he investigates Dahj's apartment and finds it completely scrubbed. Laris suggests that the assassins may have been part of the Zhat Vash, an organization even more secretive than the Tal Shiar that holds a deep-rooted hatred of synthetics. At the Romulan reclamation site, a relationship between Soji and Narek is flourishing. Picard's physician informs him he has a terminal brain condition. Keeping his diagnosis secret, he asks Starfleet to give him command of a ship to seek Soji, but is denied by Admiral Clancy. He attempts to assemble his own crew, inviting Agnes Jurati and his estranged former aide Raffi Musiker. Meanwhile, Clancy informs Commodore Oh, the head of Starfleet Security, of Picard's request. Oh, secretly a Romulan spy, instructs her operative Nerissa to ensure that Narek, her brother, carries out his mission. Nerissa warns Narek that if he does not persuade Soji to reveal the location of other synthetics, she will be forced to take more extreme measures.
3"The End is the Beginning"Hanelle CulpepperMichael Chabon & James DuffFebruary 6, 2020 (2020-02-06)

A flashback reveals how, in the aftermath of the synth attack on Mars, Picard demanded that Starfleet either agree to his evacuation plan or accept his resignation. Starfleet chose the latter; Raffi, who suspected Romulan involvement in the attack, was fired.

Picard asks Raffi for help; she throws him out but recommends a pilot for his mission, Chris Rios. Meanwhile, aboard the Borg cube, also known as the Artifact, project director Hugh, a former Borg drone, takes Soji to see a group of Romulan former drones. One of the reclaimed Romulans declares Soji to be "the destroyer" and tries to kill herself; Soji stops her. Narek's sister warns him not to get emotionally attached to Soji. Picard, Laris, and Zhaban are attacked by Zhat Vash operatives. They kill all but one, who also calls Soji "the destroyer" under interrogation, before dissolving in a pool of acid. Dr. Jurati is approached by Commodore Oh, who demands to know what was said during Jurati's meeting with Picard. Jurati decides to join Picard on his journey. They board Rios' ship, La Sirena, and find Raffi already there. She directs them to the planet Freecloud, where she believes Bruce Maddox is located.
4"Absolute Candor"Jonathan FrakesMichael ChabonFebruary 13, 2020 (2020-02-13)
Picard has asked Rios to make a detour to the planet Vashti, where he helped relocate Romulan refugees before the attack on Mars. He calls on the Qowat Milat, Romulan warrior nuns who took in a boy named Elnor, whom Picard grew close to. Picard asks Elnor, now an adult, to join him on his quest; Elnor initially refuses but changes his mind when Picard is attacked by Romulans who resent Starfleet abandoning the evacuation effort. Picard and Elnor beam up to La Sirena, where Rios and Raffi are fighting a battle with a local warlord. A strange ship helps La Sirena win the battle but is damaged in the process, forcing the pilot, former Borg drone Seven of Nine, to be beamed over to La Sirena. Meanwhile, aboard the Borg cube, Soji is trying to find out more about the Romulan ship that was assimilated by that cube and about "the Destroyer". Narek offers to get her information on the ship, but they have a falling out when he expresses doubt about her past. Rizzo tells Narek that he has a week to get the location of other synthetics from Soji before she switches to her own methods.
5"Stardust City Rag"Jonathan FrakesKirsten BeyerFebruary 20, 2020 (2020-02-20)

A flashback shows Seven of Nine mercy-killing Icheb, a fellow former Borg drone saved by Voyager, after his Borg implants have been ripped out by the black-marketeer Bjayzl.

La Sirena arrives at Freecloud, where Raffi discovers that Maddox is being held prisoner by Bjayzl, who intends to sell him to the Tal Shiar. Picard's crew plan to recover Maddox by staging a prisoner exchange, with Seven (and her Borg implants) as the bait. When Bjayzl recognizes Seven, Seven drops the charade and reveals her true intention: to kill Bjayzl to avenge Icheb. Picard persuades Seven to relent, and Maddox is safely recovered and beamed to La Sirena. Afterward, Seven returns to Freecloud and kills Bjayzl without Picard's knowledge. In sickbay, Maddox tells Picard what he knows about Soji and Dahj, explaining that he sent them to Earth and the Artifact in order to discover the true motivation behind the synthetics ban. After Picard leaves them alone, Jurati tearfully murders her former lover Maddox, saying "I wish I didn't know what I know." Meanwhile, Raffi tries to reconnect with her estranged son Gabriel, who is married to and expecting a child with a Romulan woman, but is rebuffed and returns to La Sirena.
6"The Impossible Box"Maja VrviloNick ZayasFebruary 27, 2020 (2020-02-27)
Soji is experiencing a recurring dream of her childhood. Narek believes that exploring her dream will reveal the location of her homeworld. Aboard La Sirena, Jurati tells Picard Maddox died as a result of his injuries on Freecloud. Raffi persuades a Starfleet contact to issue Picard temporary diplomatic credentials, so the Romulans will let him visit the Artifact and meet with Hugh. Narek continues sowing seeds of doubt with Soji about her identity; she scans her belongings and is shaken to find that none of them are older than 37 months. Narek helps her meditate to explore her dream, while his sister is secretly monitoring the room. In the dream, Soji sees herself as a doll; when she looks up, she sees two red moons and a stormy sky. That is enough for Narek and his sister to start looking for her planet. Narek tries to kill Soji, but she escapes and meets Picard and Hugh. Hugh takes Picard and Soji to an emergency long-distance transportation device, allowing them to escape the Artifact. Romulan guards try to stop them, but Elnor appears and kills them, before staying behind with Hugh to hold off the pursuers.
7"Nepenthe"Doug AarniokoskiSamantha Humphrey and Michael ChabonMarch 5, 2020 (2020-03-05)

A flashback reveals that Commodore Oh mind-melded with Jurati to convince her of the danger of synthetic life, and had her ingest a tracking device.

Picard takes Soji to William Riker and Deanna Troi's home on the planet Nepenthe. They offer Picard sanctuary, and their daughter Kestra tries to befriend Soji. Soji learns that she's an android, and has trouble trusting anyone after Narek's betrayal, but she tells them about her dream, and Kestra is able to learn the planet's location from a family friend. Kestra encourages Soji to trust Picard. Meanwhile, Narissa kills Hugh and several other ex-Borg; before dying, Hugh tells Elnor that he needs a former Borg to activate the Queen's cell and retake control of the Artifact. Elnor uses an SOS beacon Seven left Picard to call for help. La Sirena's crew tries to get to Nepenthe but are being chased by Narek, who is following the tracker in Jurati. Feeling guilty, Jurati uses a neurotoxin to put herself in a coma and disable the tracker. La Sirena eventually reaches Nepenthe and picks up Picard and Soji.
8"Broken Pieces"Maja VrviloMichael ChabonMarch 12, 2020 (2020-03-12)

A flashback shows Narissa's initiation into the Zhat Vash on a planet with eight suns: she experiences the Admonition, a warning of the danger of synthetic life left behind by a long-extinct race. Most are driven mad by the knowledge, but Narissa retains her sanity.

Meeting Soji stirs up painful memories in Rios: he eventually tells Raffi that Soji resembles one of two beings whom Rios's former commanding offer, Captain Vandermeer, was ordered to execute by Starfleet Security; Vandermeer committed suicide and Rios was forced to cover up the event. Raffi realizes that the two were synthetics from Bruce Maddox's planet. Jurati awakens and admits that she murdered Maddox, explaining the vision Oh gave her; she promises never to harm Soji. Raffi explains her deduction that the Zhat Vash were behind the synth attack on Mars. Soji plots a course for her home planet; La Sirena is followed by Narek's ship. On the Artifact, Seven arrives to rescue Elnor; she interfaces with the Queen's cell to use the Borg drones aboard the cube to try to retake control, but Narissa has most of the drones jettisoned into space and sends a fleet to Soji's planet.
9"Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1"Akiva GoldsmanTeleplay by : Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman
Story by : Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman & Akiva Goldsman
March 19, 2020 (2020-03-19)
Picard and his crew, pursued by Narek, arrive ahead of the Romulan fleet at Soji's homeworld, Coppelius; Seven brings the Artifact there as well. The planet's defense system causes all to crash-land on the planet's surface. The crew discover a village inhabited by synthetics, as well as by Altan Inigo Soong, the son of Data's creator Noonian Soong, and warn them of the approaching Romulan fleet; Narek is captured and imprisoned. Sutra, another doppelganger of Soji, mind-melds with Jurati and reveals that the Admonition is a warning from highly advanced synthetics that they will defend their fellow synthetics against threats from organic lifeforms. Picard tries to persuade them to evacuate the planet, but Sutra argues that they should summon the makers of the Admonition to defend them. She allows Narek to escape and another synthetic is found dead, ostensibly proving the danger organic lifeforms pose. Picard is arrested when he refuses to agree to Sutra's plan; Jurati wins her freedom by offering to help Soong with his research, developing an android body into which consciousness can be transferred.
10"Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2"Akiva GoldsmanTeleplay by : Michael Chabon
Story by : Michael Chabon & Akiva Goldsman
March 26, 2020 (2020-03-26)
Rios and Raffi join Narek to work against the beacon to summon the synthetic defenders. Jurati breaks Picard out of confinement and they return to La Sirena. Soji continues to build the beacon, and foils Rios, Raffi, and Narek's attempt to destroy it. The Romulan fleet arrives to attack Coppelius but is stopped by a Starfleet armada responding to Picard's call for aid. Picard convinces Soji to stop the beacon, convincing Oh to take the fleet back to Romulan space. Picard succumbs to his brain condition, but is saved when his consciousness is moved to a synthetic construct. During the transfer, Picard meets with the consciousness of Data within a quantum simulation, and Data requests that Picard terminate his consciousness permanently.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In June 2018, after he became sole showrunner of the series Star Trek: Discovery, Alex Kurtzman signed a five-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios to expand the Star Trek franchise beyond Discovery to several new series, miniseries, and animated series.[11] One of these would star Patrick Stewart, reprising the role of Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation.[12][13] Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman (who worked on the first season of Discovery) were attached to the project.[13]

When CBS first approached him about making more Star Trek series, Kurtzman believed that Picard was the greatest Star Trek captain, and he included a series featuring the character on his wish list. Despite Stewart's statements that he was done with the franchise, Kurtzman and Goldsman contacted Stewart in late 2017,[14] initially to see if he would be willing to appear in a Star Trek: Short Treks episode.[15] Kurtzman, Goldsman and Discovery writer Kirsten Beyer met with the actor,[16] who took the meeting with the intention of turning the project down, but was intrigued enough by their discussion to ask them for a three-page document outlining their ideas.[16][17] At that time, Goldsman invited novelist Michael Chabon, a friend, to work on the project as well and the four ultimately produced a 34-page document that they sent to Stewart. He organized another meeting with them in March 2018, where he expressed his approval of their pitch. While deciding whether to join the project, Stewart asked Kurtzman that the series be "so different" from previous Star Trek stories, "both what people remember but also not what they're expecting at all, otherwise why do it?"[16] He was also concerned that the series would be "jokey", but received assurances from the project's creative team that it would not be.[17]

On August 4, 2018, Stewart made a surprise appearance at the annual Las Vegas Star Trek Convention to officially announce the series and confirm that he would star in it. Stewart was also set to executive produce the series alongside Kurtzman, Goldsman, Chabon, Discovery's James Duff, Heather Kadin of Kurtzman's production company Secret Hideout, Rod Roddenberry (the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry) and Trevor Roth of Roddenberry Entertainment. Beyer remained part of the creative team as well.[18] The series was expected to premiere in 2019.[19] Kadin revealed in October that the series was intended to be ongoing rather than a limited miniseries, and that its release would not overlap with Discovery or any other new Star Trek series. Kurtzman added that the Picard series would be "its own thing",[20] later elaborating that where Discovery is "a bullet", the Picard series is "a very contemplative show" with its own "rhythm" and more of a "real-world" feeling.[21] CBS CCO David Nevins confirmed in December 2018 that the series was intended to debut on CBS All Access at the end of 2019, after the full release of Discovery's second season and several Short Treks shorts.[22]

Stewart revealed in January 2019 that the series would consist of 10 episodes, and reiterated that the intention was for it to continue for multiple seasons,[17] adding a month later that "we are set up for possibly three years of this show".[23] A production listing in March gave the series' title as Star Trek: Destiny, which CBS had trademarked in 2018.[24] However, the official title was revealed as Star Trek: Picard at CBS's upfront presentation that May.[25] At that time, Kurtzman revealed that the series does not have a traditional showrunner and instead was being "shepherded" by a larger creative team.[26] Chabon was later named the showrunner for the series.[27]

In December 2019, ahead of the series premiere, CBS All Access renewed the series for a 10-episode second season.[28]

Writing[edit]

An initial series' writers room had begun work by the end of September 2018, and worked alongside Stewart for two weeks.[19][29] The room soon expanded to include a full roster of writers for the series,[29] and they had broken the stories for eight episodes by that December.[21] The series is set 20 years after Stewart's last appearance as Picard in the film Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).[30] Kurtzman revealed that the series would find the character "radically altered" by the destruction of Romulus several years after the events of Nemesis, as depicted in the film Star Trek (2009).[16] Stewart said the series would tell a single serialized story, and despite taking place at a similar time to flashforwards in the Next Generation finale "All Good Things..." he would not be growing a beard for the series as he did for those scenes.[17]

Kurtzman said the mandate for the series was to make it "a more psychological show, a character study about this man in his emeritus years", and noted that it was rare for a television series to star an older actor like Stewart. In the series, the character must find his way back to Roddenberry's original optimistic vision for the franchise, which Kurtzman hoped would reinforce that original vision while allowing the character to "go through deep valleys".[26]

Casting[edit]

Patrick Stewart reprises the series' title role from previous Star Trek media

With the initial series announcement in August 2018 also came confirmation that Stewart would star in the series as Picard.[18] At the start of March 2019, Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd were both set to co-star in the series, with Cabrera being one of the most sought-after actors during the 2019 television pilot season and choosing this series over many other offers.[5] Later in the month, newcomer Evan Evagora was cast as another series regular role.[3] In April, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, and Isa Briones joined the cast.[31] During an episode of The View, the day before the premiere of the first episode, Stewart invited Whoopi Goldberg to reprise her role as Guinan in season 2.[32] Robert Picardo (The Doctor) stated he is in discussions to appear in season 2.[33]

Design[edit]

Acknowledging that the series would be set further in the future than any previous Star Trek film or series, Kurtzman explained that the production was aiming for a "grounded" approach rather than having things like "crazy floating skyscrapers and all the cliches of science fiction ... we've tried to avoid that, across the board, in the production design and the look of it and the feel of it. It's all about the personal details that you can connect to now, even though it takes place so far in the future."[34]

Filming[edit]

Production began on April 22, 2019,[35] at Santa Clarita Studios, California, under the working title Drawing Room.[24] In December 2018, the series was granted $15.6 million dollars in tax credits by the California Film Commission for the production to take place in California rather than in Toronto, where Discovery is filmed.[36] The first three episodes were directed by Hanelle Culpepper, who previously directed for Discovery and is the first woman to direct the initial episode of a Star Trek series.[37] These first three episodes make up the first "block" of filming for the series, with its 10 episodes split into five blocks total. Jonathan Frakes, who also previously directed for Discovery, directed the second block of episodes and stated his belief that this block system had more to do with amortization than any story-based reasons.[30] Also directing are Maja Vrvilo, who directed the sixth and eighth episodes, and Akiva Goldsman, who directed the ninth and tenth episodes, while Douglas Aarniokoski directed the seventh episode.[38] Filming concluded on September 1, 2019.[24]

Music[edit]

The music for Picard is composed by Jeff Russo, who also composes the music for Discovery. The digital album was released on January 23, 2020 on all of the major music streaming platforms.[39] It contains the music of the first half of the first season, from Remembrance to Stardust City Rag.

No.TitleLength
1."Star Trek: Picard Main Title"1:43
2."Star Trek: Picard End Title"1:44
3."Walking with Number One"1:16
4."Dahj Activates"1:10
5."Dahj and Picard Speak"3:54
6."Dahj's Last Fight"1:51
7."Picard Decides"1:46
8."The Painting"2:58
9."Twins"4:15
10."Picard Requests Help"2:15
11."Romulan Collusion"2:21
12."Trouble for Picard"1:18
13."Raffi Decides to Join"1:51
14."Raffi Turns Down Picard"2:06
15."Sizing Up Rios"4:15
16."Happier Times"3:25
17."Leaving with Elnor"1:52
18."Mystery Ship"3:10
19."Picard Goes Back"2:08
20."Picard Leaves Elnor"1:41
21."Soji and Narek Waltz"4:42
22."Home Movies"1:52
23."Jurati and Maddox"1:55
24."Leaving with Maddox"3:47
25."Seven Needs Revenge"3:02
26."What's Your Emergency"1:25
27."Page (From Short Treks "Children of Mars")"1:58
28."Children of Mars End Credits (From Short Treks "Children of Mars")"1:43
Total length:1:07:23

Release[edit]

Star Trek: Picard premiered on January 23, 2020, on CBS All Access in the United States,[22][40] and ran for 10 episodes.[30] Like Discovery before it, each episode of the series will be broadcast in Canada by CTV Sci-Fi Channel[41] (English) and available to stream on Crave in English and French.[42] Amazon Prime Video will stream the episodes within 24 hours of their U.S. release in over 200 other countries and territories around the world; this is different from Discovery, which is released internationally by Netflix.[43] The deals with Amazon and Bell Media for the series were made by international distributor arm CBS Studios International.[43][42] Support for Dolby Vision HDR is limited to the CBS All Access Apple TV channel.[44]

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 89% with an average rating of 7.88/10, based on 61 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads: "Anchored by the incomparable Patrick Stewart, Picard departs from standard Starfleet protocol with a slower serialized story, but like all great Star Trek, it tackles timely themes with grace and makes for an exciting push further into the final frontier".[45]

Writing after 3 episodes had aired, critic Michael Idato for The Sydney Morning Herald described Star Trek: Picard as "wonderfully unpredictable, turning what historically risked looking like a packaged theme park ride into a properly thrilling narrative rollercoaster."[46] However, by the time of the series finale, the judgment of Stephen Kelly in a piece for The Guardian was not as favourable. He noted that the "reboot" had received a mixed reception from Star Trek fans and "proved to be a divisively dark, gritty and morally bleak take on the Star Trek universe", being somewhat at odds with the "idealistic future envisioned in the 60s" by Gene Roddenberry.[47] A contemporaneous review for The New York Times by Sopan Deb was more positive, in that whilst the author "could not help but feel that there were too many characters and not enough screen time to serve them", he thought that "the season "had its bright spots" and was "on balance, full of promise". He singled out the contribution of Patrick Stewart in particular, commenting that the veteran actor "made every scene he was in watchable."[48]

Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 76 out of 100 based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[49]

Tie-in media[edit]

Comics[edit]

In December 2019, IDW released the first issue of a 3-set mini series called Star Trek: Picard Countdown, which is a comic book–based story set in 2385 – two years before the destruction of Romulus and 15 years before the TV series. It deals with Admiral Picard's actions during the evacuation of Romulus and the affected planets near it.[50]

The Ready Room[edit]

On January 12, 2020, CBS All Access announced that a new season of The Ready Room would accompany the Star Trek: Picard series. Hosted by actor Wil Wheaton, new episodes air after a new episode of Star Trek: Picard is released on CBS All Access. The Ready Room originally debuted as an aftershow to accompany the second season of Star Trek: Discovery (replacing After Trek).[51]

Novels[edit]

The Last Best Hope, a new novel from veteran Star Trek author Una McCormack, focuses on the events that lead to Jean-Luc Picard's resignation from Starfleet. It was released on February 11, 2020, by Simon & Schuster.[52]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As depicted in the 2009 film Star Trek

References[edit]

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