21st Jan2021

‘Star Trek: Picard – Season 1’ Blu-ray Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, Harry Treadaway, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Del Arco, Jonathan Frakes, Jeri Ryan, Marina Sirtis | Created by Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Kirsten Beyer

I am one of those Star Trek fans that when they announced Patrick Stewart was coming back to play Jean Luc Picard I wasn’t all that fussed, we currently had Discovery which I was totally in love with and honestly I just didn’t think I really needed to tread TNG waters again.

My interest in Picard did slowly start to creep up though as the time got closer to release on Amazon Prime and little nuggets of information were falling into our laps. The first thing that struck me was that this looked a million miles from what had gone before, a more mature and weathered Star Trek with no real sign of an official federation crew and more like a band of motley space pirates. Then came the best news possible… Johnathan Frakes was back as good old Riker and also back in his directing capacity it would seem too. Oh snap Jeri Ryan was back too “Daaaaaammmmnnn”.

Season 1 of Star Trek: Picard came and went on Amazon Prime to hail of positive reviews and fans really taking to it, loving the older surly Jean Luc with his jaded look at the federation and desire to just be left alone as he is pulled kicking and Screaming into one last mission. Now we get to watch it all over again in glorious HD on Blu Ray.

Now I’m not going to sit here and blast through the entire synopsis of the first series, so here are the broad strokes… At the end of the 24th Century, and 14 years after his retirement from Starfleet, Jean-Luc Picard is living a quiet life on his vineyard. When he is sought out by a mysterious young woman, Dahj, in need of his help, he soon realizes she may have personal connections to his own past so takes the mission assembles a team (of sorts) and heads out on a whole new adventure.

So let’s see what we are getting with this Star Trek: Picard release – well first of all you obviously get the entire 10 episodes but one of my favourite features is the commentary track on the premiere episode with all of the creators. A somewhat open conversation that I found really interesting and would recommend any Trek listening to. Extras also include a whole bunch of featurettes, including a cracking little documentary with the co-creators and Patrick Stewart talking about how and why they went about bringing back this character. As a Trek fan it was really intriguing to see that these guys were having the same conversations of “Why bring this character back?” and finding a way to do so that respected what had come before and its viewers.

The episode rundown:

  • Remembrance
  • Maps and Legends
  • The End is the Beginning
  • Absolute Candor
  • Stardust City Rag
  • The Impossible Box
  • Nepenthe
  • Broken Pieces
  • Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1
  • Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

There is also a really cool short movie included in this set called “Children of Mars” which I believe is part of a series called Short Treks. It’s a really well made short adding to the Trek universe and  also comes with a commentary track from the writers. Of course no DVD or Blu-ray release would be complete without the traditional Deleted Scenes and awesome Gag Reels. I’m a huge fan of Gag Reels truth be told, this is where you really get a sense of how much these stars are loving what they are doing and it’s no exception on Picard.

Star Trek: Picard – Season 1 will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and (gorgeous) Blu-ray Steelbook on January 25th. Relive the excitement of Picard’s first adventure in a long time as we gear up for Season 2!

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