New on DVD: Patrick Stewart goes boldly once again in 'Picard'

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Published in Entertainment News

A familiar "Star Trek" hero leads the DVD releases for Oct. 6.

"Star Trek: Picard - Season One": Patrick Stewart picks up the role of Starfleet legend Jean-Luc Picard, 18 years after his previous "Star Trek" series – "Star Trek: The Next Generation" – signed off. This series was available only on the CBS All Access subscription service.

The series opens with Picard in a sort of forced retirement. But he soon gets back into action and runs into many familiar faces: Jeri Ryan as former Borg baddie Seven of Nine; Jonathan Frakes as former First Officer William Riker and Marina Sirtis as counselor Deanna Troi. Brent Spiner's android Data is key to the plot in the first season of this series.

And there are some new faces in Picard's crew: Alison Pill as Dr. Agnes Jurati, an expert on androids with a few secrets; Michelle Hurd as Raffi Musiker, an old colleague of Picard's with a tortured past, and Santiago Cabrera, as rogue pilot Chris Rios, ferrying Picard across space.

Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times gave the show a positive review, writing: "Guided by Michael Chabon and Akiva Goldsman, "Picard" doesn't break the mold. (Fitting the mold is more the point.) The story of an aged lion going once more into battle is a familiar one, although given that the series has already been granted a second season, this will not be Picard's final frontier. Neither is this the first time in fiction that a ragtag team of refugees and rebels join forces in a way they are yet to understand."

A release date for the second season has not been announced.



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