At the end of the 24th Century, and 14 years after his retirement from Starfleet, Jean-Luc Picard is living a quiet life on his vineyard, Chateau Picard. When he is sought out by a mysterious young woman, Dahj, in need of his help, he soon realizes she may have personal connections to his own past.
When James MacKinnon originally began working in the Star Trek universe back in 1996, the then-state-of-the-art in makeup effects included foam latex appliances and rubber mask grease paint/PAX/rubber cement paint. Since then, the art form has jumped light years. From silicone appliances to 3D printed parts to alcohol-based paints and transfers, James says that there has been a great progression in technology. Besides makeup effects, things have advanced in the digital realm, as well. However, James says he doesn't like to depend on using digital effects to fix a makeup problem. Sometimes lace piece will pop up, he says, "You can't help that." But that, "I'd rather spend an extra five seconds in the chair, make sure that lip is done, that blending edge is done..." instead of trying to fix it all day long. James does admit that, with certain time constraints, it is quicker to decide in production meetings that an effect should be accomplished digitally. Or, they will agree to build the practical effect up to a certain point and then have it continue with CG. He says that combination, "is awesome." One of the things James likes to impress upon his crew is that because Picard is shot in 4K, "There is no such thing as a background makeup artist." Meaning, every makeup is going to get a closeup. See more »
The series title has the Starfleet insignia replacing the A in Picard's name. See more »
10 episodes to tell a story that should have been a 2 episode at best.
Once again the ball has been completely dropped in a new Star Trek show/movie.
Apart from some of the previous actors and the nostalia they carry, this is nothing like the classic Star Trek, while also not bringing anything new and original to the series.
The side characters are meaningless, feels like Picard could have went on his own on the mission and the outcome would have been the same.
I have no idea who these new people are and I don't care what happens to them. One episodic character from the classics had more personality and involvement in the plot that these people had in 10 episodes.
Then there's the Borg, so much hype in the trailer, so much hype to see them, only for it to lead nowhere, their presense was nothing more than a taxi service.
Whoever owns the Star Trek rights now has a hard time understanding what made it great. Pro tip: it wasn't lazers and sword fights. It was the characters and their relations, their dialogue, their rapport.
Also what's up with all the damn lens flares? When did actual cinematic vision go into the dumpster and it was decided that blasting a light as high as you can in the middle of an indoor scene adds any value? Just stop. It's annoying.
Since we're all in lockdown/isolation/quarantine, I guess you can watch it, after you're done watching all the older Star Trek series, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, all the Stargate series(including Universe, it gets better before they cancel it), and Duck Dodgers. These are all space shows which are better value for your time than anything Star Trek related released in the last decade.
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