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



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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Squid Game: The Challenge | Official Teaser — On Netflix November 22nd, 2023



Squid Game (Netflix)

The following piece was written during the 2023 Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the reality show being covered here wouldn’t exist.

Genre: Reality

Release Date: 22 November 2023 on Netflix

Based On: Squid Game TV Series

Executive Procucers: Stephen Lambert, Tim Harcourt, Toni Ireland, John Hay, Nicola Hill & Nicola Brown

Production Companies: Studio Lambert & The Garden


What would 456 real people do for 4.56 million dollars?

456 players compete to win $4.56million, the largest cash prize in television history. Through a series of games, each player is pushed to their limits and forced to ask themselves how far they’ll go to win.

Catch the trailer online now!

Squid Game: The Challenge Official Teaser (Netflix)

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The Changeling | Official Trailer – Apple TV +

When Apollo Kagwa’s father disappeared, he left his son a box of books and strange recurring dreams. Now Apollo is a father himself–and as he and his wife, Emma, settle into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Apollo’s old dreams return and Emma begins acting odd. At first Emma seems to be exhibiting signs of postpartum depression. But before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act and vanishes. Thus begins Apollo’s quest to find a wife and child who are nothing like he’d imagined. His odyssey takes him to a forgotten island, a graveyard full of secrets, a forest where immigrant legends still live, and finally back to a place he thought he had lost forever.





Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Release Date:

September 8, 2023


Apple TV+


LaKeith Stanfield, Amirah Vann,

Plot Summary:

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Heartstopper Season 2 Review: A Blissful Sophomore Return.



Heartstopper was one of those shows that comes out of nowhere and instantly becomes a sensation. Last summer we were introduced to this heartwarming and sweet show from Netflix, and now we finally have its second season. The wait was only a little over a year since its freshman season, but the wait still felt like an age. But the teen drama is back, this time with a more mature and settled storyline.

Corrina Brown and Kizzy Edgell

The show created by Alice Oseman and also based on her graphic novel, follows Nick and Charlie on a journey of self-discovery and romance at an all-boys school. Kit Connor, Joe Locke, William Gao, Yasmin Finney, and Tobie Donovan all return this season. Season 2 picks up right where season 1 left off with Nick and Charlie finally getting together. Season 1 was quite simply a delight, and going into season 2 many were concerned that season 2 will not be able to reach the standards set by the first one, but season 2 will prove the doubters wrong.

Nick Nelson and Charlie Spring were finally together after so many ups and downs, but there were still a lot of problems left to deal with. Charlie has problems at home while Nick is still figuring out who he is and figuring out how and when he wants to come out to other people, as their relationship is still a secret apart from charlie’s close friend group, who have supported them all along.

Fisayo Akinade as Mr Ajayi, Nima Taleghani as Mr Farouk

The story tackles more mature themes this time around and dives into more serious teenage issues. The pacing is good as always and the tone stays consistent throughout. The direction is a notch above the first season with some very smart shots in key scenes. Kit Connor and Joe Locke are as amazing as always and their storyline keeps on finding interesting routes to go to and keeps the viewer rooting for them.

William Gao as Tao is a standout and steals the first half of the season. His development as a character is very clear and he grows a lot as a person this season. Tobie Donovan stays in the shadows for most of the season but packs a solid punch in the end. Olivia Colman has a small yet impactful role and it is always a delight when she’s on screen. Fisayo Akinade as Mr Ajayi also has a bigger role this time and Nima Taleghani as Mr Farouk was another standout for me.

Heartstopper Season 2 is a blissful return for the wonderfully radiant show that somehow finds a way to consistently put a smile on your face and get you invested in the enchanting storyline. It is filled with so many likable characters and adorable romances. The performances are incredibly charming and you’ll never get tired of watching them. Fans of the first season will be anything but disappointed and I personally believe that it is an improvement from its first season.

Heartstopper season 2 will stream on Netflix from August 3. 

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