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The first season of Star Trek: Picard was as frustratingly mixed as any first Trek season. As thrilling as it was to see Jean-Luc Picard return, its great ideas and story elements are tantalising moments amid a show that’s merely pretty good. The central story is solid. It’s the best-shot Star Trek show to date, shying away from shiny sci-fi precision in favour of earthy tones and messy spills of light. The inevitable moments of fan service mostly serve the story. And while its structure and texture is wildly different to any prior Treks, it still finds time to explore big ideas like the rest of them. 

So by way of organisation, here are five things we loved about the season, and three we didn’t (and by “we,” I mean “me”).

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Star Trek: Picard Easter Eggs

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, run through a bunch of Easter eggs referencing Star Trek: The Next Generation and more in the first season of Star Trek: Picard on CBS All Access. Plus, take a look back at the 90s action sitcom Big Bad Beetleborgs that tried to capitalize on the success of Power Rangers, and learn how to draw the reindeer sidekick Sven from Disney’s Frozen. Read More »

Simon Pegg Star Trek

While Star Trek is having a resurgence on the CBS All Access streaming platform with shows like Discovery and Picard, the beloved sci-fi franchise has encountered significant turbulence when it comes to launching another feature film. Simon Pegg, who has played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the three most recent Trek movies and co-wrote 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, has previously expressed his doubts about more sequels coming to fruition, and in a new interview, he remains skeptical about the chances that his co-stars will reconvene for another entry.

But while he doesn’t seem to be holding his breath for more Trek, he does seem excited about Mission: Impossible 7 and 8, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie‘s spy sequels which are set to shoot back-to-back. Read Pegg’s latest quotes below.
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Watch Star Trek: PIcard for Free

Do you want to watch Star Trek: Picard, but you’re too cheap to pay for a CBS All Access subscription until the entire series is available for you to binge watch in a single week? Well, we have some good news. The first episode of Picard, starring Sir Patrick Stewart as the legendary Starfleet Captain Jean-Luc Picard, has been made available for free on YouTube for a limited time. Read More »

Picard Season 2 Whoopi Goldberg

Star Trek: Picard brings back not just Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, but several other familiar Trek characters as well. One character who isn’t back, though: Guinan, the bartender played by Whoopi Goldberg. But that’ll change for Picard season 2. Stewart was recently a guest on Goldberg’s show The View, and he used the opportunity to officially invite Goldberg to join Picard season 2. You’ll never believe what she said next! (She said yes.)

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picard tv spot

CBS All Access presented a Television Critics Association panel for Star Trek: Picard. The long-awaited streaming series features Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard again. Co-stars Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis have been confirmed, along with Jeri Ryan and Jonathan Del Arco too. 

Executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman, Heather Kadin and showrunner Michael Chabon sat behind Stewart and his new co-stars during the panel. Much of the panel focused on how each iteration of Star Trek on CBS All Access will be a unique experience, with Picard as the most demonstrative example. Star Trek: Picard premieres January 23 on CBS All Access.

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Star Trek Discovery Such Sweet Sorrow Review

CBS All Access presented the second half of their Television Critics Association day, where head of Original Content Julie McNamara took some questions in an executive session and revealed possibilities for new Star Trek spinoffs.

Star Trek: Discovery takes place 10 years prior to the original series and follows Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin Green) as she encounters Klingons and alternate universe versions of her former crew. By season two, classic characters like Pike (Anson Mount) and Spock (Ethan Peck) appeared.

Season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery will take place in the far future of the Federation universe. That means leaving Spock and Pike behind. Asked if they would consider a spin-off featuring Discovery’s incarnation of those classic Trek characters, McNamara said yes.

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star trek 4 director noah hawley

Paramount surprised Star Trek fans when they announced Noah Hawley would write and direct a new movie set in the iconic science fiction universe. This came after plans for a fourth Star Trek with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto to be directed by S.J. Clarkson fell through. Quentin Tarantino also expressed interest in making a Star Trek movie, but Hawley has the gig for now.

Hawley was on a Television Critics Association panel for the fourth season of Fargo, coming to FX April 19. After the panel, he spoke with reporters further and addressed his Star Trek movie.

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picard tv spot

A new, very quick Picard TV spot has just beamed down for your viewing pleasure. The Star Trek series sees the return of Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard. As Picard says here, he wants to be reinstated for one mission. The ten-episode first season is arriving very, very soon. We’re talking in a few weeks, people. Watch the Picard TV spot below.

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The Star Trek feature films may be exploring strange new worlds, and abandoning old story plans — and possibly even its familiar cast.

The fate of Star Trek 4 has been in question since the departure of stars Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine in 2018, followed soon by director S.J. Clarkson. Last month, it seemed like phasers were set to go again with the boarding of Lucy in the Sky director Noah Hawley. However, according to Star Trek Beyond star Simon Pegg, it’s possible that Hawley’s Star Trek project isn’t actually Star Trek 4 at all.

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