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The first season of Star Trek: Picard was as frustratingly mixed as any first Trek season. As thrilling as it was to see Jean-Luc Picard return, its great ideas and story elements are tantalising moments amid a show that’s merely pretty good. The central story is solid. It’s the best-shot Star Trek show to date, shying away from shiny sci-fi precision in favour of earthy tones and messy spills of light. The inevitable moments of fan service mostly serve the story. And while its structure and texture is wildly different to any prior Treks, it still finds time to explore big ideas like the rest of them.
So by way of organisation, here are five things we loved about the season, and three we didn’t and by “we,” I mean “me”.Liked: The Returning Cast
First and foremost: Patrick Stewart. Reprising his most famous role after nearly two decades, Stewart plays Picard as the same bookish, steadfastly ethical, self-consciously stiff decision-maker he was – but softened with age. This Picard savours moments, rather than optimising them, granting us a more personal look into the character. It’s a really unique progression of a hero from commanding officer to retiree.
Though no other Next Generation-era figures return as regulars, several pop up in recurring roles, most significantly Jeri Ryan and Jonathan Del Arco as former Borg Seven of Nine and Hugh. It makes perfect sense to match Picard up with his fellow “XBs,” and their scenes together are some of the season’s best. Ryan especially gets super-solid dramatic meat to sink her teeth into. Poor Seven of Nine.
Stewart’s TNG co-stars are also responsible for the season’s most delightful passage, in which Picard and hybrid android Soji drop in on Will Riker, Deanna Troi, and their daughter Kestra, to whose development they are devoted after losing their son to an incurable degenerative illness. Between their loss, Picard’s own incurable brain abnormality, and the presence of “Data’s daughter,” conversation naturally turns to life, death, age, love, and loss. Beyond seeing Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis again, it’s a surprising breather in a breathless show, allowing the characters to simply sit, talk, and enjoy some delicious wood-fired pizza.Liked: The New Cast
For a show trading so heavily on characters and concepts from a show that ended in 1994, Picard has a varied and interesting new cast. Santiago Cabrera delivers a cigar-chomping tour de force as Cristóbal Rios and his crew of holographic, variously-accented lookalikes: the season basically functions as a showreel for the actor. Ever-reliable ensemble player Alison Pill never delivers less than 110% in painting neurotic AI specialist Agnes Jurati’s unusual and emotional character arc. Romulan warrior-monk Elnor is a classic Star Trek character, defined...
HBO’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Outsider turned out to be a ratings hit for the premium cable network. So, it’s a wise move that they engineered a wide open door for season two, with Holly Gibney’s fate left ambiguous and another possible El Cuco host in the mix. These wrinkles arrived courtesy of screenwriter Richard Price, who not only engineered a damn watchable take on a complex novel to adapt, but he also pointed the story beyond King’s original vision and chain of events.
Jason Bateman, who directed the first two episodes and sporadically appeared as accused murderer Terry Maitland, recently spoke with Collider and confirmed that HBO’s definitely considering a second swing at El Cuco. Furthermore, Price is exploring some steps to get the story running again. Finally, some good news:
“I know that they’re talking about it and Richard Price is playing with some ideas and taking some first steps as to what that second year might and feel like. Obviously, it’s a complete free-ball because the first season exhausted 100% of [Stephen King’s] book, the IP. So, it’s really all up to him. I never like to step on the lawn of the writers. It’s something that I’ve always stuck with on Ozark. I leave Chris Mundy completely alone and I do my job as a director once I get the script. I chime in every once in a while and offer my opinion, but it’s always for the writer to take if they want and discard if they want.”
Hell yeah, that sounds like a promising update, even if there’s no actual confirmation from HBO yet. I think it will happen! Even horror icon Robert Englund couldn’t stop raving about this show, and the ratings eclipsed that of Watchmen and True Detective, so the public demands it. Of course, the public also wants to make sure that a followup is just as good as the first round, but if Price is in charge of the story, it’s in solid hands.
We probably shouldn’t expect Bateman to be too involved, however. Following the stunning ending to Ozark‘s third season, he’ll surely be in the thick of starring in and directing a fourth season of the Netflix show soon. He told Collider that he’d have loved to direct more of The Outsider, but it’s just impossible to do it all on both shows. Clearly, his work on the HBO show made for one heck of a launch, and the rest of the team took it from there.
As for Price, he previously suggested to IndieWire that HBO was open to a sophomore run: “There’s no such thing as a series that, if it does well, they’re not going to want a second season.” Again, this sounds like they’re inching toward an announcement, eventually, although things are obviously on hold in many places with the world’s current situation. Fingers crossed.
Content! It’s all about content! And if you’re already running out of things to watch at home, CBS All Access is here to help. The streaming subscription service was already offering up a free trial for 30 days, but since it looks like we’re going to be social distancing for at least another month, they’ve extended the trial period for another 30 days. That means you can get a 60-day CBS All Access free trial right now, giving you plenty of time to binge The Twilight Zone reboot and more.
Mashable called our attention to the 60-day CBS All Access free trial. All you have to do is head over to the streaming service’s website, and when you go to checkout, use the promo code GIFT and sign up for a one-month free trial. Once your account is created, then go into your account settings and in the “Subscription & Billing” area you can put in the ENJOY promo code to add another free month.
With two months of CBS All Access, you’ll have plenty of time to stream as much Star Trek as you please. They have everything from Star Trek: The Animated Series to Star Trek: The Next Generation. Plus, you’ll find the CBS All Access exclusives Star Trek Discovery and Star Trek: Picard available there too. If you’re wondering where the original Star Trek series from 1966 is streaming, you’ll have to head to Hulu or Amazon Prime.
That’s not all the sci-fi offerings CBS All Access has. You can also find both the original iteration of The Twilight Zone and the reboot of the anthology series from executive producer Jordan Peele. Our review painted a complimentary portrait of the modern spin on the classic series, so now’s the time to check it out.
All you crime procedural fans out there will get plenty of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and NCIS, including the spin-offs NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Los Angeles, and CSI: Miami. There’s also both the original and new versions of MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0.
Reality show junkies can get their fix with tons of episodes of Survivor, Big Brother, and The Amazing Race. Even though Big Brother might hit a little too close to home for everyone stuck at home, the other two shows will be therapeutic for those who are desperate for a change of scenery.
But if you’re not interested in any of those contemporary shows, there are plenty of classics available too, including I Love Lucy, Magnum P.I. Mission: Impossible, Family Ties, Gunsmoke, Taxi, and Perry Mason.
The only way to figure out what you want to watch from CBS All Access is to sign up for that free channel. So enjoy!...
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? drama Quiz will be revealed to AMC viewers on Sunday May 31.
The network will launch the series, which is produced by The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures and is a co-production with British network ITV, over three weeks with the second and third episodes airing June 7 and June 14 respectively. The full series will be available to binge on AMC Premiere from May 31.
This comes after ITV revealed that it will air the three-part drama on April 13.
Quiz, directed by Stephen Frears A Very English Scandal and written by James Graham Brexit: An Uncivil War, tells the story of how Charles and Diana Ingram attempted an 'audacious heist' on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Major Ingram Matthew Macfadyen, his wife Diana Sian Clifford and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock Michael Jibson, who was sitting in the audience, were accused of cheating their way to a million pounds on the popular game show. The couple stood trial for conspiring by coughing during the recording to signify the correct answers to the multiple-choice questions posed to the Major by host, Chris Tarrant Michael Sheen.
Aisling Bea, star of Hulu's This Way's Up, plays ITV Entertainment boss Claudia Rosencrantz and Catastrophe star Mark Bonnar plays Paul Smith, Chairman of Celador Television and creator of Millionaire.
Creator James Graham told Deadline earlier this year, “It's quite easy to make TV people look pretentious and smug on TV, but that's the trope. They just run around in suits and they're really metropolitan and cutting and smug, and I don't think that's very interesting. So, I tried to humanize them and make them people with vulnerabilities and doubts and uncertainties and desires like everyone else.”
Graham added that one of the things that fascinated him was that he didn't think there were any bad guys in Quiz. “To this day, Paul Smith still believes that they are guilty, and he believes that very passionately. Whether it was the coughing, whether it was something else, he's convinced that people came into the thing that he created, sold around the world, and that these people are trying to destroy that. So, he feels that very keenly. And I think if you represent that honestly and sincerely, then he might be wrong, but he believes it. Similarly, the Ingrams are a normal people who go through this extraordinary story where they're thrown into the limelight. They're made an international laughing stocks, and they're on trial for their freedom. They may get sent to jail if they're found guilty. You try and create three-dimensional people,” he added.
Quiz is produced by Left Bank Pictures and...