Paramount Canada sends Star Trek: Picard – Season Two home today on blu-ray and DVD! The three disc set is packed with extras, and no matter where you fall on the continuation of Patrick Stewart’s iconic turn as Jean-Luc Picard, it is fantastic, nonetheless, to see the character return again.
This time around, there is a time travel tale that brings Q’s (John de Lancie) story, and the trial of humanity, which began in the premiere episode of The Next Generation, Encounter at Farpoint, to conclusion.
Q shows Picard the road not taken, and it creates a whole new alternate reality that is much darker than the one Jean-Luc knows. He reunites with his La Sirena crew, Seven (Jeri Ryan), Raffi (Michelle Hurd), Jurati (Alison Pill), Elnor (Evan Evagora) and Rios (Santiago Cabrera) and travels back to the 21st century to find out what Q has changed and fix it.
It’s not going to be easy, and it will explore aspects of Picard we haven’t seen before, but the emotional payoff at the end of the season is worth it.
There are some changes to continuity that some people may take issue with, and I think they spend a little too long in the 21st century but overall I enjoyed this season more than the first. There are easter eggs aplenty, some fantastic character beats and work, and the visuals are stunning.
Something that really shows on the blu-ray.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a fun Trek experience without a lot of behind the scenes extras for me to explore, and this collection doesn’t let me down, though I will admit to hoping that at least for the final episode of the series, they allow Stewart, and perhaps the rest of the cast to record a commentary.
This time around though the discs offer us a look at the design of the new U.S.S. Stargazer, making something unique but familiar and recognizably Starfleet. We follow it from its creation on the drawing board to its actual construction, it’s a very cool look at the way the ship came together.
There’s a behind-the-scenes look at the Picard Chateau both the 2024 version and the early 25th-century versions (alternate reality and Picard’s reality). We see how the set was designed, how it was filled to be a home, and all of the little trinkets and mementos that mean something to Jean-Luc.
The Trial Is Over takes a look at the Q/Picard relationship over the course of The Next Generation and into Picard, and how the character influenced the story and where it leads him. It also touches on how important the character is to Trek, but also to DeLancie.
Recreating the Borg Queen is an exploration of how the Queen was brought back and brought to life by Annie Wersching and a prosthetic and makeup team whose work is exceptional.
Picard Props gives us a close-up look at a number of very cool props that were designed for season 2, and how they came to be. From com badges to helmets unique Trek tech and spins on familiar items.
Picard Passages is the longest of the featurettes, running almost half an hour, and allows Patrick Stewart and others to really talk about who Picard is, how he’s grown, changed, and how he became the man, and the character, he is. There is also an examination of the supporting characters and the way they have grown since the first season.
And enjoyably, a gag reel!
Paramount Pictures’ release of Star Trek: Picard Season Two is available today on DVD and Blu-Ray, boldly go!