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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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The Boys Unleashes the Brutal and Bonkers  Official Season Three Trailer 

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Today, Prime Video gave fans a look at the highly anticipated third season of The Boys, with the release of the head-poppingly diabolical official trailer and key art. The Emmy-nominated drama will return with three gripping new episodes on June 3, followed by one additional episode each subsequent Friday, and ending with a wicked season finale on Friday, July 8. The eight-episode season will stream exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

The Boys is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes—who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and as revered as gods—abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. Intent on stopping the corrupt superheroes, The Boys, a group of vigilantes, continue their heroic quest to expose the truth about The Seven and Vought—the multibillion-dollar conglomerate that manages the superheroes and covers up their dirty secrets. It’s the seemingly powerless against the super-powerful.

Season Three of The Boys stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capone, Karen Fukuhara, Nathan Mitchell, Colby Minifie, Claudia Doumit, and Jensen Ackles.

Prime Video also released new Key art which is a new poster for the upcoming season.

The Boys is based on The New York Times best-selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, who also serve as executive producers, and developed by executive producer and showrunner Eric Kripke. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Phil Sgriccia, Craig Rosenberg, Ken F. Levin, Jason Netter, Paul Grellong, David Reed, Meredith Glynn, and Michaela Starr also serve as executive producers. The Boys is produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television Studios, with Kripke Enterprises, Original Film, and Point Grey Pictures.

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PARAMOUNT+ Reveals UK Launch Date, Pricing, Distribution Partners & More

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Paramount+, the global streaming service from Paramount Global, will launch in the UK and Ireland on 22 June 2022. After countless months of waiting It was announced by the company reporting their first-quarter earnings call on 3 of May, during which Paramount’s President and CEO, Bob Bakish, outlines global expansion plans for the streaming service. 

The ongoing momentum of Paramount+ will also see the service launch in South Korea in June, with further launches planned in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria in the second half of the year. Additionally, in 2023, Paramount+ will launch in India in partnership with Viacom 18, as part of a recently announced agreement, and is poised to participate in this fast-growing market. 

“Paramount is known for its leading portfolio of premium entertainment brands and a robust content engine that fuels our rapidly expanding streaming service, Paramount+. This year will be monumental for our streaming strategy as we accelerate our global ambitions, rapidly expanding Paramount+ in Europe beginning with the UK, Italy, Germany, France and more by the end of this year and debut in Asia with South Korea in June, followed by India in 2023,” said Raffaele Annecchino, President and CEO, International Networks, Studios and Streaming, Paramount Global.  “With an already expansive global footprint and a strong, long-term market-by-market strategy, we are well-poised to continue our positive momentum.” 

Maria Kyriacou, President, Australia, Canada, Israel and UK, Paramount, said, “The addition of Paramount+ to our strong portfolio of free-to-air, pay-TV and streaming services will broaden the range of choice available to our audiences in the UK and Ireland. Paramount+ will be a one-stop destination for Paramount’s biggest brands, where fans of all ages can find exclusive original premium content, global hits, and discover a world of favourites from Paramount’s vast catalogue.” 

PRICING AND DISTRIBUTION

In the UK, Paramount+ will be available online at

https://www.paramountplus.com/

and on mobile and a wide range of connected TV devices via the Paramount+ app, via broad direct-to-consumer distribution through Apple, Amazon, Google, Roku® and Samsung, with more platforms to be announced in the coming months. Users will be able to sign up to the service for £6.99 per month/£69.90 per annum in the UK, after a free seven-day trial*.   

Paramount+ will launch on Sky platforms in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria in 2022 as part of a new multi-year distribution agreement that also includes the extended carriage of Paramount’s leading portfolio of pay TV channels. Sky Cinema subscribers will get the bonus of Paramount+ included at no extra cost. 

ROBUST CONTENT SLATE

Paramount+ will launch in the UK with a broad content slate of more than 8,000 hours of content for the whole family, spanning new and exclusive Paramount+ originals, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from Paramount’s world-renowned brands and production studios, including SHOWTIME®, Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon.  

In addition, Paramount+ is home to some of the world’s most beloved franchises in the world. Audiences in the UK will have access to the Star Trek universe; and the library and new seasons of Taylor Sheridan’s critically acclaimed Yellowstone series. South Park and the MTV Shores 

will also be available, and kids and families franchises, this include SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, Rugrats plus new originals based on Nickelodeon’s most beloved characters such as Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.   

PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINALS

Some of the most anticipated Paramount+ and SHOWTIME® originals from the US, UK and other international markets will be available in the UK and Ireland when the service launches, including HALO, 1883, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Offer, Mayor of Kingstown, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, The First Lady, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Queen of the Universe and Jerry & Marge Go Large. 

These will join premium international scripted Paramount+ originals produced by VIS – the international studio division of Paramount Global – in association with independent production companies in the UK and around the world. Previously announced original UK dramas heading to Paramount+ include Sexy Beast, A Gentleman in Moscow, Flatshare, The Burning Girls, The Ex-Wife and The Blue. 

Scripted originals from around the world include

Los Enviados (The Envoys) (Mexico) and Cecilia (Mexico) – both of which have been renewed for a second season; Simon Beckett’s Chemistry of Death (Germany); The Signal (France); Bosé (Spain); Fallaci (Italy); At Midnight (Mexico); and more.   

Hours of original factual titles from the UK production community will also be available, including Haunted, The Box, Rise of the Tech Titans, MH370: The Lost Flight, Chalet Girls, LA Hairdressers, Fashion House, Pervert: Catching the Strip Search Caller and Girl Taken. 

KIDS AND FAMILY

Thousands of hours of Kids and Family content on the service will include Paramount+ Original series Fairly Odd Parents: Fairly Odder, iCarly S1 & S2, the reimagined Rumble and Big Nate. They will join original TV movies, including Honour Society, Promposal, Little Wing, Snow Day, Nicole From Last Night and Blue’s Big City Adventure. 

BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES

Paramount+ will offer unlimited access to blockbuster movies with new releases like

Scream 5, time-proven classics such as Grease and Star Trek, and family-friendly selections like PAW Patrol: The Movie, Clifford The Big Red Dog and more. 

EXCLUSIVE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Also coming to the UK service this year are Paramount+ exclusives The Thing About Pam and Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons. They join other exclusive titles including South Park: Post Covid and South Park: Post Covid: The Return to Covid, as well as Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, The First Lady and The Man Who Fell to Earth.  


Paramount+ is a global digital subscription video streaming service from Paramount that features a mountain of premium entertainment for audiences of all ages. Internationally, the streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including SHOWTIME®, BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel™, in addition to a robust offering of premier local content. The service is currently live in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Nordics, and Australia.   

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The Man Who Fell to Earth | Showtime

An alien (Chiwetel Ejiofor) arrives on earth with a mission: to learn to become human and find the one woman (Naomie Harris) who can help save his species. Together they discover that in order to save his world, they must first save ours.

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April 24, 2022

Creators:

Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet

Cast:

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Naomie Harris, Clarke Peters

Plot Summary:

An alien who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future.

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