The official title for the Star Trek Jean-Luc Picard spin-off has been revealed, and the results will shock you. Okay, not really – you probably could’ve guessed this on your own. The show is now officially called Star Trek: Picard, and there’s a new logo to boot. It’s not much, I know, but it’s just one tiny step closer to this show being a reality. See the logo below.
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In your long history with the internet, you’ve undoubtedly encountered the Star Trek: The Next Generation meme featuring Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) doing the famous facepalm maneuver in embarrassment of something stupid someone said online. Now you can deliver that meme in three-dimensional form right in front of your stupid friends’ faces with an elegant new bronze bust statue of that perfect moment in Star Trek history. See the outstanding Captain Picard facepalm bust below. Read More »
Released ten years ago today, on May 8, 2009, director J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot is the cinematic equivalent of a rock band going mainstream. It’s a hit remix version of an old song. Critically and commercially, the film was an unqualified success. Holding steady at 94%, edging out classic big-screen entries like The Wrath of Khan and First Contact, it remains the highest rated Star Trek movie on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as the top-grossing film in the series according to Box Office Mojo. Anytime a band goes mainstream, however, there’s always going to be a contingent of old-school fans that you hear affecting a Leonard McCoy grumble. They were with the band from the beginning but now it’s out there in the world and it belongs to everyone.
By the late 2000s, the Trek franchise was in a place where the overlapping runs of four straight television shows had ended—their viewership numbers falling victim to the law of diminishing returns. Fans like me, who grew up watching The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine in syndication, had lost touch with the final frontier. This is the movie that resuscitated that brand and opened the door to more adventures like the ones we’re seeing now on Star Trek: Discovery and the ones we’ll soon be seeing on the Captain Picard series.
As a storyteller, Abrams’ great strength is character. His weakness is plot. Both of those qualities are on full display in Star Trek, but the movie has such a velocity to it (not unlike the U.S.S. Enterprise itself when traveling at warp speed) that the viewer can’t help but get swept up in the youthful exuberance of this faster-than-light reboot. Beam yourselves aboard, then, and let’s take a long and winding trek into Star Trek on its tenth anniversary.
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It’s been a long road, Star Trek: Discovery fans, but everything we’ve seen has led us to this point: the finale.
“Such Sweet Sorrow: Part 2” has been an episode I’ve been anxiously anticipating all week. I didn’t know what to expect. Like everyone, I had some hopes, some theories, but nothing prepared me for what I saw. At the time of writing this, it’s been hours since I’ve seen the finale, and I’m still shaking in my figurative boots. This is without a doubt the best episode of Discovery ever, and it just might be the best episode the Star Trek franchise has ever had.
Here’s what made this episode the new gold standard for Star Trek episodes.
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20 years later, one first officer of Star Trek: The Next Generation is getting promoted to captain for CBS All Access’ upcoming Jean-Luc Picard series. Jonathan Frakes, who played William Riker in the beloved sci-fi series, has been tapped as a Picard series director, reuniting him with his USS Enterprise captain played by Patrick Stewart.
However, Frakes, who has directed plenty of TV and Star Trek projects since he left the role of Riker, won’t be stepping in front of the camera for the still-untitled Picard series. That will be left to Stewart and his newest cast members, including Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, and Isa Briones.
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I am beside myself.
Why am I writing in italics? Because I know no other way to describe my anxiety after seeing the penultimate Season 2 episode of Star Trek: Discovery, “Such Sweet Sorrow.”
Billed as the first part of a two-part season finale, “Such Sweet Sorrow” increased the drama a thousand-fold. This episode had me literally screaming “What’s going to happen?!” and squirming in my seat. Perhaps some of that was the orange-vanilla coke I drank. But I think most of that was due to the action, drama, and pure emotion that filled this week’s episode.
I don’t know where to start. So let’s go ahead and break down the top emotional moments of the episode.
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The fandoms of Star Wars and Star Trek love their respective sci-fi worlds so much that they want them around during the most wonderful time of the year. That’s why Hallmark has been releasing Keepsake Ornaments for both franchises for years, and this year they have some awesome additions to the ever-growing collection. Check out the new Star Trek and Star Wars Hallmark ornaments below. Read More »
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, dive into all of the Easter eggs, comic references, cameos and more from DC’s recently released Shazam! movie. Plus, watch as a combat expert analyzes and reviews some iconic weapons from the movies, and find out what happens when a film critic for Saturday Night Live used macrodosing to watch all of this spring’s new releases. Read More »
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Captain Pike gets served a horrifying slice of his future this week on Star Trek Discovery. This week’s episode, “Through the Valley of Shadows,” was this season’s second filler episode, teasing us for the action coming in the final two episodes. Unfortunately, we get a lot of questions with not many answers. Let’s explore the rabbit hole we’re taken down this week.
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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Star Trek: Discovery has delivered yet another stellar episode. This level of amazing writing happens each week, so you’d think I’d be used to it by now. But in this week’s episode, “Perpetual Infinity,” we got something even better than another impressive script – we got a possible origin story of the Borg.
Here’s what we learned. Read More »