What you need to know

  • The CBS All Access Series features Sir Patrick Stewart in his most famous role.
  • It'll be exclusive to the streaming network in the U.S.
  • It's just called Star Trek: Picard.

Finally, we have a name. Picard. Short. Simple. To the point. And, erm, almost completely obvious if you think about it. The first Star Trek original paved the way. Simply, Star Trek: Discovery. But that's about a whole new ship and a whole new crew. (A whole new world, really.) With Picard, it's about the man.

It's not that we don't know anything about Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Ret.) Between the entire Next Generation series and the films that followed, we get plenty of insight into the life before Star Fleet, as well as what makes the officer tick. And of course there's the fallout from being assimilated (partially, anyway) by the Borg.

Anyway. Picard is coming. And as should have surprised exactly no one, it's coming exclusively to CBS All Access in the United States. (Because that's exactly where it was announced for, back when it was announced.)

Outside the U.S. you'll be able to get it on Amazon Prime Video (also previously known). Canadians get it on Bell's Space Channel and on Crave Canada. That's all pretty expected stuff, too, though.

The only real Trek surprise in the past couple days? A very brief look at ol' Picard himself. Which, of course, looks a lot like Sir Patrick Stewart looking exactly how you'd expect the aging officer to look.

None of that tempers my excitement any. This'll be like meeting up with an old friend later in life. Quite possibly a crankier old friend. (Damnit, Wesley!) Or maybe a more mellow old friend. (The Dude abides, man. Or maybe something else altogether.

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