Saturday, 15 February 2020

2002.15 THE RETURN OF JEAN-LUC

Star Trek is having a bit of a renaissance at the moment via streaming. There are 2 new series current with more in the pipeline.

The latest of these is 'Star Trek Picard' which sees the former captain of the Starship Enterprise in his retirement taking on a new "off book" mission. I'm 4 episodes in and loving the show. It's cinematic in visual quality and the storytelling is superb. 

Of course if you look online there are the usual haters who can't accept that the format of television has changed and shows like Star Trek need to (and have) evolved. People crave big stories to engage with and Star Trek is up to this. Just as Star Trek Discovery (which will soon air its third season) changed the format, Picard isn't afraid to play with the established foundations. 

"It's not Star Trek" say so many of the haters but in my (and many others) opinion they are so wrong. This is Trek and it's Trek at its best. The great unwashed hate change so when change comes it's hard for them to adapt. Change and reinvention is necessary for survival and Star Trek is up for it. 

The great thing is that you don't need to have watched Star Trek before to get into the new stuff but I'll bet if they do they'll want to seek out and watch the old stuff.

Star Trek Picard is streaming on Amazon Prime, seasons 1 & 2 of Star Trek Discovery are available on Netflix. Of course this is only in the UK, other countries have other arrangements.

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