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STAR TREK: PICARD | SEASON 2: A Personal, Intimate, Mind-bending Adventure

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Star Trek: Picard season 2 marks the successful return of Jean-Luc Picard played by the legendary Sir Patrick Stewart. Debuting today on Paramount Plus in the States and March 4th on Prime Video in the UK. In season one we saw a new side to the character after being absent on screen for over 20 plus years. It featured Picard now retired from Starfleet following the destruction of the planet Romulus and living on his family’s vineyard comfortably with his loving dog named Number 1 and his staff assistants. Picard is drawn into a new adventure and season two promises for more to come. Picard has a new crew, each a lost cause. They have a ship and a whole galaxy to explore the second season boldly goes where no man has gone before.

Before this review I was lucky enough to see the first three episodes of Star Trek: Picard season 2 and going forward will be reviewing and recapping each episode individually, but for now here are my spoiler-free thoughts on the episodes that I have seen.


I won’t delve into too many spoiler details but after vanquishing a Romulan threat in the first season, Jean-Luc is about to encounter another old enemy whilst on a time-twisting, mind-bending mission. Thematically Star Trek: Picard season two is quite the emotional experience, especially for the audience and Picard himself as he takes the road not taken. Picard is someone who seems to be broken by the experiences that he dealt with at the end of his career and now as a 94-year old, the Admiral is reflecting on the life he’s lived, the lives he’s saved, the galaxy’s he’s explored, and the regrets he holds.

Season two is about to explore some strange new worlds. Just what he’ll be discovering is his own love life. This new understanding relates to individuals and close relationships with people. The highs and lows of relationships are explored with every character in season 2, however when season 2 picks up we see a time jump and already relationships are getting complicated, with the amount of time that’s passed between seasons, each member of the crew is now in a different place. The time jump that happened off-camera between the releases of the first two seasons is a wise choice that provides fresh stories and fresh perspectives. Picard’s showrunner Akiva Goldsman says that the time jump in empty space allows the audience to play catch-up and gets us imagining.

This new Picard is the same man because of Sir Patrick Stewart, who himself has undergone some changes and drama in his life which has been intertwined with Picard’s own experiences. We see him in a new light as themes of mental health and trauma continue from season one. There is some kind of trauma going on that drove Picard to become an explorer in the first place, which we have yet to find out, especially since it was long before he encountered the Borg. Season two is about an older Picard who doesn’t have much time to come to grips with personal matters. The game is afoot, the trial has begun, and the clock is ticking.

The passionate and incredible writing and storytelling continue in season 2, especially throughout the three episodes I’ve watched. The first episode alone titled “The Star Gazer” re-introduces Picard as if we’re catching up with an old friend. The writers cleverly allude to upcoming narratives from the get-go as Jean-Luc is thrust back into the firing line. It’s a very cinematic and serialised show that spans one big storyline that blends 400 years from now with the present day. The advancements in filmmaking also astound me, as the production levels are sky-high and much easier than it was during the last twenty-five years, it’s made to look more real than ever before.

Star Trek: Picard Season 2 continues to explore uncharted territories especially seen in episodes two and three from the new season. Picard and his crew Agnes, Raffi, Seven of Nine, Rios, and Elnor all face a certain turmoil which gets stirred up, and what the outcomes of that is, well you’ll just have to tune in and see.

Overall, I for one am so excited to return to this world, especially since it brings a sense of belonging and comfort. I also love that it is universal and can enjoy watching with my dad who grew up with the original series and has been a Trekkie all his life, it was astonishing to see both seasons of Picard through his eyes and point of view as his childlike qualities came out when easter eggs and references from the expanded universe appeared. As a new final frontier dawns upon us I can’t wait to see what the remaining seven episodes have in store.

For more in-depth coverage of Star Trek: Picard Season 2 please stick around on Coastal House Media as I bring you recaps/reviews each week.

Created by Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, Kirsten Beyer, and Alex Kurtzman, Star Trek: Picard Season 2 premieres March 3 on Paramount+ followed by a release on Prime Video March 4th in the UK.

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‘1883’ Spinoff Series ‘Bass Reeves’ Adds Dennis Quaid to Cast

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Dennis Quaid (Far from Heaven, The Day After Tomorrow) is the latest star to join the cast of Bass Reeves, a new drama series coming from Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone, Tulsa King) and Paramount+, according to DeadlineBass Reeves was announced as a spinoff to the Yellowstone prequel, 1883 back in May 2022 with David Oyelowo (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) attached to star as the legendary lawman.

Bass Reeves will follow Oyelowo as someone who is known to many as “the greatest frontier hero” in American history in his own series on Paramount+. The streamer already houses so many Sheridan-fronted programs, most recently, Mayor of Kingstown starring Jeremy Renner returned for its second season while CIA drama, Lioness added to its cast with Nicole Kidman and Morgan Freeman. Some believe that Reeves served inspiration to “The Lone Ranger” having worked as a peace officer for Indian territory capturing over 3,000 criminals on that land. Quaid will play Sherrill Lynn, a Deputy U.S. Marshall within the show.

Quaid most recently voiced the character Jaeger Clade in Disney’s animated feature Strange World which is currently available to stream on Disney+. He’ll also star in Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming HBO Max series Full Circle alongside Zazie Beetz, Claire Danes and Emmy-winner Jharrel Jerome. 

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Anthony Hopkins to Lead Peacock Gladiator Drama ‘Those About to Die’

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Peacock is one of the streamers that has yet to break through in terms of their original content getting recognized for awards contention. One such series that might change that fate for the streaming service is Those About to Die and it’s starting to build out its cast. According to Variety, 2-time Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs, The Father) is the first to join the drama series which comes from Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow). Saving Private Ryan screenwriter Robert Rodat will script the series.

Hopkins will play the character known as Emperor Vespasian in the series which is set in the world of gladiatorial battle. It will be an ensemble drama following many different Roman characters that will set forth for violent affairs in the arena among other complexities such as political power and corruption so expect a starry cast for this Peacock drama. Hopkins’ character is described as “despised by the Patricians jockeying for position in the Empire and looking to supplant his heirs to the throne the first chance they get. Vespasian became the Roman emperor after a ten-year civil war. We expect to get more casting news soon as the show will begin filming in Rome in March.

Anthony Hopkins is coming off a terrific performance in James Gray’s Armageddon Time in 2022 after winning his second Academy Award for his role in The Father the year prior. He’ll next voice a character in Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon for Netflix and also will star in British drama One Life alongside Helena Bonham Carter and Jonathan Pryce. Emmerich is coming off directing the sci-fi disaster film, Moonfall in 2022.

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Meryl Streep Joins the Cast for Season 3 of Hulu’s ‘Only Murders in the Building

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Many were surprised when the Season 2 finale of Hulu comedy, Only Murders in the Building revealed that Paul Rudd would be joining the series for its upcoming season, however, it seems his casting may have just been topped. According to a tweet from the show’s Twitter account, it appears that Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep (Out of Africa, August: Osage County) will join the cast led by Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez for Season 3 of Only Murders in the Building.

One can believe that Streep stumbled into the series similar to how she did for Season 2 of HBO’s Big Little Lies. With the latter show, Streep was a fan of the mysterious female-led drama and was written into the sophomore season. You wouldn’t be hard pressed to believe that Streep was probably a fan of the beloved comedy series and might want to join in the hijinks along with friends, Steve Martin and Martin Short. Streep will also appear in the upcoming AppleTV+ anthology series, Extrapolations in March.

The original tweet revealed that the third season of Only Murders in the Building has just begun filming. The show has been nominated for tons of awards thus far and with growing popularity as well as the additions of Streep and Rudd to the cast, anything can happen in the murder mystery program. Season 2 released back in June so we can probably expect Season 3 to begin streaming in Summer 2023. 

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