You gotta love “Star Trek: Picard” in theory.
It's a show that flies in the face of fan service, that rejects nostalgia, to push its beloved character into uncharted territory. It's meant to look different from any “Trek” that's come before, feature characters like we've never seen before, and feature a level of danger like we've never seen before.
But in practice, the reality of “Star Trek: Picard” has missed the mark of its intent. Instead of looking different from any other “Trek,” so much of this show has just looked ugly: sets that are just different shades of gray. It looks like any of the now-canceled Marvel Netflix shows. We have indeed gotten ourselves new characters, and for the most part they've been enjoyable — when their arcs actually go somewhere — but it's hard not to think Picard himself is now the least interesting personality we're watching. We did have big stakes, down even to Picard himself on death's door from a “brain abnormality” — but the show pulls its punches.
By trying to be so different from the “Trek” that has come before, “Star Trek: Picard” has dispiritingly ended up looking like most other serialized shows in the streaming era: overlong and overplotted with a sense that everything is forgettable. And it's not even that different from some more recent “Trek”: the J.J. Abrams reboot films are bright and candy colored, while “Picard” is dark and gloomy, but both “Picard” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” end the same way — with the resurrection of a character whose “death” is meaningless as you're watching it because you know he'll be revived five minutes later. And he is.
There was a moment there that you thought maybe we're in for the biggest reversal of all time and Picard will actually die for good permanently!, even despite the fact that a Season 2 of this show was already greenlit. Maybe this'll become a show with a new title about Soji taking up the late Picard's mantle and exploring the galaxy with the crew of La Sirena and trying to fight for synth equality with the new races she meets. It could be more about exploring what else is happening in the galaxy at the dawn of the 25th Century than just what's happening to one aging ex-captain and his small coterie. But no.
Instead, we get a “dead” Picard meeting the consciousness of long-dead Data in a digital construct as Picard's consciousness gets prepped to be placed in a new clone body, or “golem”, in what feels like a blow-by-blow...
Schitt’s Creek actress Emily Hampshire will host a new weekly, live-streamed YouTube talk show to raise money for The Actors Fund’s COVID-19 emergency financial assistance and services program.
Humpday With Hampshire – as the title suggests, new episodes stream every Wednesday, beginning April 1 – will feature the actress she play’s Stevie Budd on the Pop TV series conducting virtual interviews with celebrities “in their natural habitats – be it their bedrooms, kitchens, garages or closets,” the Actors Fund says. “They'll share advice on how to get through this unprecedented time with humor, kindness – and your sanity intact.”
The series will stream on The Actors Fund YouTube channel weekly until film, tv and theater productions are back up and running.
“I couldn't ask for a better creative distraction than hosting a show that not only helps raise money for an important cause, but also lets me connect with a dream team roster of guests without having to leave my apartment or even put on pants!” said Hampshire in a statement. “There's such an insane amount of stress in the world right now, and if we can do something a little fun for all the stir-crazy people out there and help the industry, that means everything to me.”
Guests haven’t been announced just yet, but will include Hampshire’s “famous friends and co-stars from TV, film, sports and social media.” Show segments will include quarantine-themed games with titles like “Show Us Your Junk Drawer”, “What Is Your quarROUTINE” and “Phone a Friend Roulette.”
The timing of the series debut will be especially welcome by Schitt’s Creek fans – the sixth and final season of the Emmy-nominated series is set for April 7.
The Actors Fund recently partnered with Rosie O'Donnell for a live-streamed special that raised over $600,000. All proceeds from Humpday viewer donations will go directly to The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that serves as a safety net for members of the performing arts and entertainment industries.
Hampshire will next star opposite Adrien Brody in Chapelwaite, Epix's drama series based on Stephen King's short story Jerusalem's Lot, and recently wrapped production on the thriller feature Home, which she also executive produced and will be seen next month in the 50 States of Fright series produced by Sam Raimi for Quibi.