Hello, Dear Reader, and welcome to the Thursday, October 8, 2020 edition of Musings & Thoughts in A Certain Point of View, Too. It’s mid-morning here, although by the time you see this it will be past 11 AM in the Eastern time zone. Currently in New Hometown, Florida, the temperature is 74˚F under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 94% and a 2 MPH breeze blowing from the east northeast (with 4 MPH gusts), the “feels-like” temperature is 81˚F. The high for today is expected to be 92˚F; the low 73˚F. No rain is expected to affect my area for the next two hours, but that might change later today.
Today I will receive my Blu-ray with the first season of the CBS All-Access TV series Star Trek: Picard. I am not a subscriber to that streaming service, so I can only watch its two live-action Star Trek shows – the other being, of course, Star Trek: Discovery – on physical home media. I pre-ordered it on July 17, and it is now “Out for Delivery,” Amazon says I will get my Blu-ray between 12:30 and 3:00 PM.
I’m looking at Star Trek: Picard’s Amazon product page – on my smartphone – and I see that the first season is contained in a single disc. According to the series’ episode guide, Season One only has 10 episodes – compare that, ladies and gentlemen, to 26 episodes in six of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s seven seasons.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that this series only has 10 episodes and has, like Discovery, a serial rather than an episodic narrative. Star Trek as a franchise started on this more-or-less “continuous story arc” format as long ago as 1993, when Rick Berman and the late Michael Piller created the first post-Gene Roddenberry series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9). Granted, neither DS9 or Star Trek: Voyager dared to ditch the episodic nature of TV dramas entirely, but they did have an overarching story arc, and if you have any of Complete Series DVD sets – or are streaming the shows on CBS All-Access – it is not a good idea to watch episodes at random.
Although I know that the series is set several years after Star Trek: Nemesis and in the Prime timeline, I have no idea about the specific plot. I know a few general things – Sir Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard is retired from Starfleet, and is compelled to get back into the thick of things in a scenario that involves androids, Romulans, and Starfleet Command – but I’ve abstained from exploring the episode summaries on Wikipedia to discover the story and its post-TNG vision of the late 24th Century by watching the show with no foreknowledge of its story arc.
What is maddening, though, is that the Amazon product page for Star Trek: Picard does not have too much information about the extras on this disc. Does it have any at all? I know that Paramount also distributed the first two seasons of Amazon Prime’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Blu-ray, and the two Complete Season sets only offer a bare minimum of extras. I plunked down $37.93 for Star Trek: Picard: Season One, so I am not going to be overwhelmed if (a) the series only has one disc and (b) the extra features are just a handful of deleted scenes and a couple of trailers.
I’ll find out soon enough, I suppose.
I don’t have much to add to this post for the moment; I slept badly last night and woke up early (at 5:55 AM), and since I can’t use the Wi-Fi until just after 11 AM, I am unable to surf the web and find news articles that will inspire me to create another post. So, with these words, Dear Reader, I will close for now. Until next post, stay safe, stay healthy, and hopefully I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.
 The second (1988-1989) season was abbreviated by a writers’ strike that affected most of the scripted TV series and films that fall.