Picard: Season 1

     review by Bobby Blakey

Since its debut in the 60s Star Trek has become easily one of the most popular franchises in history. With several TV shows, movies, cartoons, comics, books and products the property shows no sign of slowing down. After their success with Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access they brought the next chapter of the famed Enterprise Captain with Picard featuring the highly anticipated return of Sir Patrick Stewart in the role. Now fans that might have missed it or just want to dive back in can bring home the first season.

Picard follows the end of the 24th Century, and 14 years after his retirement from Starfleet, where Jean-Luc Picard is living a quiet life on his vineyard, Chateau Picard. 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. The new series will follow this iconic character into the next chapter of his life.

I wasn’t as big fan of Next Generation for no other reason that I just didn’t watch a lot of series TV when it was on. Obviously since then I have dived head first into so many shows and have had the chance to get into some of the Next Generation series. That being said I was both excited and worried to see this show being made. I love Stewart so could not wait to see his latest take on the character, but also didn’t want the show to sully the memory of such an iconic character like has done in other projects. Thankfully I was wrong and they kicked some major ass on how this show is handled and delivered.

Getting to see Picard the later years really fills that void that most didn’t know was there after their show ends. We always get excited to see the return of any character in cameos, but what are they actually up to. Seeing him in an element that is so fitting to the character gives you unneeded closure to the Next Generation saga of Picard while bringing you into the current adventure that brings him back to the forefront.

For a show in the world of Star Trek that deals very little with actual space travel it is amazing to how well the show works. There is great action, effects and stories that incorporate all kinds of new characters and aliens, but also lots of familiar faces as well. I am so glad that this show delivered in such a big way and cannot wait to see where its heading next which is clearly bigger and better.

This release not only includes all 10 episodes of the season as well as a galactic amount of bonus content including a gag reel, deleted scenes, featurettes, Short Trek episodes and so much more. Beam down and grab your copy of Picard: Season One available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Steelbook from CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment.

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