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Star Trek: Picard - Season 1 [2020] (3 discs)

Composer:Jeff Russo
Length:475 minutes
(7 hours 55 minutes)
Sorting Category:Star Trek TV
IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:87%
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Synopsis: A young woman approaches a retired Admiral Picard to plead for his help. This begins an adventure that uncovers a conspiracy of intrigue and sabotage involving the Romulans, the Borg, and even a familiar face from Picard's past.

Reaction: Long awaited and enjoyable. I think this season was a bit more successful in capturing that traditional Trek feel than season one of Discovery, though it is still a bit different than what has come before.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Guest Cast
Ann Magnuson => Admiral Kirsten Clancy (Maps and Legends)
David Paymer => Dr. Moritz Benayoun (Maps and Legends)
Marti Matulis => Checkpoint Supervisor (Maps and Legends)
McKenzie Westmore => Rhomsew (Maps and Legends)
Meghan Lewis => Picard Computer / Planitia Computer (voice) (Maps and Legends)
Zachary James Rukavina => XB / Nameless (Maps and Legends)
Ayushi Chhabra => Pel (Stardust City Rag)
Casey King => Icheb (Stardust City Rag)
Dominic Burgess => Mr. Vup (Stardust City Rag)
John Ales => Dr. Bruce Maddox (Stardust City Rag)
Necar Zadegan => Bjayzl (Stardust City Rag)
Barbara Eve Harris => Emmy (The Impossible Box)
David Carzell => Dahj's Boyfriend (Remembrance)
Douglas Tait => Tellarite (Remembrance)
Jamie McShane => Zhaban (Remembrance)
Orla Brady => Laris (Remembrance)
Sumalee Montano => Mother (Remembrance)
Evan Parke => Tenqem Adrev (Absolute Candor)
Lulu Wilson => Kestra (Nepenthe)
Marina Sirtis => Deanna Troi (Nepenthe)
Rebecca Wisocky => Ramdha (The End Is the Beginning)
Akiva Goldsman => Director / Writer
Douglas Aarniokoski => Director
Hanelle M. Culpepper => Director
Jonathan Frakes => Director / Will Riker
Maja Vrvilo => Director
Ayelet Waldman => Writer
James Duff => Writer
Kirsten Beyer => Writer
Michael Chabon => Writer
Nick Zayas => Writer
Sam Humphrey => Writer
Jeff Russo => Composer
Alison Pill => Dr. Agnes Jurati
Brent Spiner => Data
Evan Evagora => Elnor
Harry Treadaway => Narek
Isa Briones => Dahj / Soji
Jeri Ryan => Seven of Nine
Jonathan Del Arco => Hugh
Kay Bess => La Sirena Computer (voice)
Michelle Hurd => Raffi Musiker
Patrick Stewart => Jean-Luc Picard
Peyton List [II] => Lieutenant Narissa Rizzo
Santiago Cabrera => Cristóbal Rios
Tamlyn Tomita => Commodore Oh

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2 (2020): In the last scene Seven of Nine and Raffi can be seen holding hands, clasping fingers romantically. The revelation of Seven being LGBTQ stems from the early development of the character for [Star Trek: Voyager (1995)]. Producer Jeri Taylor stated in an interview with TV Guide that she had pushed to make Seven gay or bisexual, "But for various reasons there has been opposition, and it gradually became clear that this is a fight I could not win," and Seven's only romantic interests were men.
  • Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2 (2020): The version of "Blue Skies" that Data listens to is sung by Isa Briones.
  • Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1 (2020): Writer and producer Michael Chabon confirmed that the name of the synth homeworld, Coppelius, is a reference to the 1817 short story The Sandman, by [?] E. T. A. Hoffman. In the story a doctor named Coppelius builds a mechanical girl so lifelike that a young man falls in love with her. The short story is similar to George Bernard Shaw's My Fair Lady and the Greek story of Pygmalion.
  • Broken Pieces (2020): The Scottish accent of the holographic engineer is likely a nod to Scotty, the engineer from [Star Trek: The Original Series (1966)].
  • Broken Pieces (2020): According to the English subtitles, Ian/Iain says: "he's sae fou as a piper, an' awfu aff the fang". Sae fou appears in a number of old Scottish poems and can mean drunk i.e. he's as drunk as a piper (piper=someone who plays the bagpipes). Awfu or awfully is commonly how Scottish people add emphasis for something being very much so e.g. "awfully wee" is "very small". "aff the fang" is an old Scottish term that can mean not in the mood/out of humour/without one's usual power. So, it means something like: he's as drunk as a piper and very much out of sorts.
  • Nepenthe (2020): Riker and Troi's deceased son was named Thaddeus, after an ancestor of Riker's, who was shown to have been saved by Q during the US Civil War on [Star Trek: Voyager: Death Wish (1996)].
  • Nepenthe (2020): Nepenthe translates to Greek as "not-sorrow". It is a "drug of forgetfulness" from Greek mythology.
  • Nepenthe (2020): Riker and Troi's daughter Kestra was named after Troi's elder sister, who appeared in [Star Trek: The Next Generation: Dark Page (1993)].
  • Nepenthe (2020): Riker mentions the Kzinti as being a former problem to deal with. The Kzinti are a feline warlike race who appeared in [Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Slaver Weapon (1973)]. The race was actually created for Larry Niven's "Ringworld" series, but he himself inserted them into The Slaver Weapon when he wrote the episode.
  • The Impossible Box (2020): Soji has a box with the words "The Adventures of Flotter" and an image of Flotter (played by Wallace Langham) on it. This refers to [Star Trek: Voyager: Once Upon a Time (1998)].
  • The Impossible Box (2020): Hugh tells Picard that the queen's cell is equipped with a spatial trajector, a transporter with a range of tens of thousands of light years, acquired from assimilating the Sikarians. This is a reference to the plot of [Star Trek: Voyager: Prime Factors (1995)], when the USS Voyager first encountered the Sikarians and the technology.
  • Stardust City Rag (2020): When the Borg harvester is removing Icheb's implants she mentions she can't find his cortical node. This is a reference to the plot of [Star Trek: Voyager: Imperfection (2000)], where Icheb donated his cortical node to Seven of Nine to save her life.
  • Stardust City Rag (2020): When Rios is talking to Raffi and trying to remember Seven's name he guesses two other major female characters with numbers for names. First he guesses 99 from 60s spy comedy ["Get Smart (1965)"] then Eleven from ["Stranger Things (2016)"].
  • Stardust City Rag (2020): When Rios is assembling his disguise in Picard's chateau office, a framed black and white photograph is briefly visible over his shoulder. It appears to show Picard standing next to Mark Twain, whom Picard met during the events of [Star Trek: The Next Generation: Time's Arrow (1992)].
  • Absolute Candor (2020): Fenris, as in the Fenris Rangers, refers to a wolf in Norse or Viking Legends.
  • The End Is the Beginning (2020): Laris describes Zhaban as a "stubborn Northerner", while tapping the Romulan assassin's forehead. This may be a reference to the Romulan forehead ridges, which Zhaban has but Laris doesn't. This may be an attempt to explain why, throughout the franchise, Romulans have sometimes had ridged foreheads, and other times not. It would seem only Northerners have them.
  • Maps and Legends (2020): When arriving at Starfleet HQ Admiral Gurney is being paged over the intercom. Patrick Stewart played Gurney Halleck in the film Dune (1984).
  • Maps and Legends (2020): Dr. Agnes Jurati is seen browsing the book "The Complete Robot" by Isaac Asimov (02nd of January 1920 - 06th April 1992) and first published in 1982 with 557 pages that was preceded by the book "I, Robot" (1950) from the Robot series.
  • Maps and Legends (2020): The synthetic that begins the Mars rebellion is F8, or Fate. This follows Data's copy B4, or Before.
  • Remembrance (2020): Picard likens the Romulan supernova evacuation effort to the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II. Patrick Stewart's father assisted in the Dunkirk evacuation.
  • Remembrance (2020): The rendition of Blue Skies playing in the Ten Forward nightmare is sung by Bing Crosby, the grandfather of Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar).
  • Remembrance (2020): A subtle version of a recurring villain theme used in [Star Trek: The Original Series (1966)] can be heard in scenes featuring Romulan characters. This 7-note melody was first used in [Star Trek: The Original Series: Balance of Terror (1966)], in which Romulans were introduced as enemies of the Federation.
  • Isa Briones' character's name "Soji" translates from Japanese as "Foundation", a clear homage to Isaac Asimov's Foundation series of books. The same author's Robots series is considered the seminal fictional work on artificial intelligence.
  • Many fans had commented that the red and white paint job of La Sirena resembled the design on [?] Eddie Van Halen's famous "Frankenstein" electric guitar. Following Van Halen's death in October of 2020, show runner Michael Chabon confirmed in a social media post that production designer [?] Todd Cherniawsky had indeed patterned the ship after the iconic guitar.
  • It was Sonequa Martin-Green of [Star Trek: Discovery (2017)] who gave Star Trek: Picard (2020) its name. The show's working title was "Star Trek: Destiny." Sonequa made references to what she termed "The Picard Show" in an interview. The show's producers liked what they heard - and the name stuck.
  • With this series, Patrick Stewart becomes the second actor to appear as a main character in two different live-action Star Trek series, reprising his starring role from [Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)]. The first was Michael Dorn, who played Worf as a main character in The Next Generation and [Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)]. Colm Meaney also appeared as Miles O'Brien in those series, but was only credited as a main character in Deep Space Nine. However, Stewart is the first actor to have the main starring role in two different live-action Trek shows.
  • The Romulan Raptor above the docking bay as the Romulan Warbirds leave the "reclamation facility" no longer holds the twin worlds of Romulus and Remus in its talons. No doubt because they were both destroyed by the Supernova incident in "Star Trek (2009)."
  • Since the series is set further in the future than any previous Star Trek film or series, writer Alex Kurtzman explained that the production design 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. It's all about the personal details that you can connect to now, even though it takes place so far in the future."
  • Patrick Stewart cites his previous film "Logan (2017)" as an influence on the show, pointing out that in both features the characters are still the same but their world has changed and they have to adjust to these changes. Stewart admits that "Logan (2017)" encouraged him to attempt something different with his role.
  • Was renewed for a second season before the first one aired.
  • When Picard visits the Starfleet Academy archives, you can see the Captain Picard Day banner that the children of the Enterprise-D made for the annual event. The same banner is featured in the Next Generation episode ["The Pegasus"].
  • The first ["Star Trek"] series without any main characters who are active members of Starfleet.
  • Picard's dog, Number One, is played by a rescue pit bull named Dinero. Patrick Stewart insisted that Picard have a dog of that breed, as he and his wife volunteer with a pit bull rescue organization. Writer and producer Michael Chabon commented that while Dinero is a very friendly and affectionate dog, he's not much of an actor. Several planned scenes with Number One had to be reworked because Dinero wouldn't take direction.
  • The series is set in 2399, 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) (which was set in the year 2379). Using the TNG-based Stardate format, this would place the start of the series just after Stardate 76000.
  • Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2 (2020): This is the second time Patrick Stewart has played a character who's consciousness was transported into another body, also played by Patrick Stewart, at death. The first was X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), albeit in a brief after-credit scene. While it was not established in the final cut of that movie, the idea was initially that the inert body that Charles Xavior's consciousness took over was, in fact, his twin brother. At birth Charles was born with a powerful, superhuman mind, while his brother was the oposite, and was born basically brain dead.