Star Trek: Picard - Season One - CBS All Access - starring Patrick Stewart

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The TNG duds for me aren’t stuff with Troi’s mother or Worf’s son.
Speaking of Worf’s son, when I visited the TNG set in 1994, Jonathan Frakes, who gave my brother and I a personal tour of the TNG sets, told us what a pita the young actor was, saying he was a “pill”. ;)
 

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Question for streamers. I have signed up for CBS All Access through Prime for ease.

What quality can you get?

I see no way to pick an HD/HDR stream, unlike Prime series or paying extra on Netflix.
I don't believe CBS All Access offers HDR programming. It does have HD and 5.1 sound, though.
I have an Apple TV 4K and I use the CBS All Access app. Every episode of "Picard" has been in Dolby Vision & 5.1 so far.

 

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I don't believe CBS All Access offers HDR programming. It does have HD and 5.1 sound, though.
Yeah, I just did some googling and that is what it said under Cons: no 4K/HDR.

But I think that was via CBS service, a year or 2 ago.
 
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I have an Apple TV 4K and I use the CBS All Access app. Every episode of "Picard" has been in Dolby Vision & 5.1 so far.

I don’t get it. I’m using the same set up and no Dolby Vision.
 
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For my new episode/old episode pairing, the obvious choices are:
Hugh’s prior appearances in “I, Borg” and “Descent, Part II”. But I’m wondering if there is a less obvious but equally fitting choice to be found based more on theme than character appearances.

This was another strong episode, and I can see why the showrunners have suggested that the first three episodes together can be taken as being a whole of sorts. The performances are phenomenal, while the designs and world building honor TNG while bringing that aesthetic into the form of 21st century prestige television.

The most impressive thing the show is doing is introducing a supporting cast that’s as compelling as the main character that I’ve known for decades. I particularly love the vineyard Romulans and would absolutely watch a YouTube cooking show hosted by them.
 

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News about CBS All Access, which will be part of the larger ViacomCBS streaming service:

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/06/via...vice-to-include-paramount-cbs-all-access.html

I thought episode 3 was terrific; lots of character development. Not sure about
Jurati, whether she is a spy for Starfleet intelligence or if she's genuine.
I thought Michelle Hurd was very good as Raffi, as interesting a character as we have seen. Liked Rios' introduction as well.

The episodes all go by so quickly.
 

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I'm so glad the so-called synth revolt was put into question in this episode. Last week, I believed the idea that a whole bunch of synths would simultaneously turn against their masters made no sense whatsoever. If there were grievances between synths and bios , you'd think the synths would have brought them up in discussions with their human counterparts. Instead, it was as if a switch was flipped and all of the synths went completely berserk at that very moment.

It had to have been a hack, and I'm glad the storyline is now asking the same questions. But who was behind the hack?
 

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I've been watching Picard via the AppleTV app on my AppleTV4. I'm subscribed through Apple. The stream for episode 3 when viewed via the AppleTV app has mono sound. I had to use my credentials to log in via the CBS app on the AppleTV and that played in 5.1. So if you're subscribed via Apple and watching on their app, beware that the audio this week is compromised.
 

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I can't imagine watching this week's episode and not having a smile on your face when Picard says "Engage" and the old theme comes to the forefront of the score.

This was another strong episode, and I can see why the showrunners have suggested that the first three episodes together can be taken as being a whole of sorts.
One of the interesting things for me is trying to pinpoint when the scenes from the trailers are going to arrive. I figured Picard's visit to
Riker and Troi would happen in this episode, for instance, before he blasted off to the stars. Clearly, that wasn't the case.

The performances are phenomenal, while the designs and world building honor TNG while bringing that aesthetic into the form of 21st century prestige television.
I continue to appreciate how the world feels like TNG, only a few decades more advanced. Much more successful than any of the prequel series have been at sliding into the timeline.

The most impressive thing the show is doing is introducing a supporting cast that’s as compelling as the main character that I’ve known for decades.
I agree. I think part of the appeal is that none of them would have fit in on TNG. With the exception of maybe Dr. Jurati, I don't think Gene Roddenberry would have approved of any of them.

.Not sure about Jurati, whether she is a spy for Starfleet intelligence or if she's genuine.
I think she genuine. The twins are basically her holy grail. That doesn't mean that Commodore Oh isn't using her in some way, however.

In interviews, the writers compare Dr. Jurati to Sylvia Tilly from "Star Trek Discovery", noting that they're both socially awkward. But the difference to me is that Jurati is an adult, while Tilly comes across as immature for her age. I really love Alison Pill's performance; she's about the closest a fictional character has come to the women in STEM I know in the real world.

I thought Michelle Hurd was very good as Raffi, as interesting a character as we have seen.
I like that the years between Nemesis and "PIcard" are filled with people we don't know. It makes the universe feel bigger and more real.

Liked Rios' introduction as well.
It's interesting that Santiago Cabrera is playing both Rios and his ship's emergency holograms. It's a way of externalizing the character's internal debates.

I'm so glad the so-called synth revolt was put into question in this episode. Last week, I believed the idea that a whole bunch of synths would simultaneously turn against their masters made no sense whatsoever. If there were grievances between synths and bios , you'd think the synths would have brought them up in discussions with their human counterparts. Instead, it was as if a switch was flipped and all of the synths went completely berserk at that very moment.
Plus, the synths weren't sentient like Data was sentient. The first few episodes have made it pretty clear that the Federation was never able to replicate Noonian Soong's advances in cybernetics. So the idea that the synths would have the autonomy to launch a Cylon-style revolt is pretty implausible.

It had to have been a hack, and I'm glad the storyline is now asking the same questions. But who was behind the hack?
The two leading candidates so far seem to be:
  1. The Zhat Vash, the technology hating secret Romulan cabal
  2. The anti-Romulan faction within Starfleet
My guess is that the former perpetrated the attack and the latter were happy to take advantage of the crisis to get their way.
 

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Gene Roddenberry smoked plenty of weed; it’s about time someone on one of these shows did too :D

I must’ve missed the chyron last week, but I love that Raffi actually lives at Vazquez Rocks for real, not just another location being played by VR as I figured last week.
 

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I can't imagine watching this week's episode and not having a smile on your face when Picard says "Engage" and the old theme comes to the forefront of the score.
Absolutely!

In interviews, the writers compare Dr. Jurati to Sylvia Tilly from "Star Trek Discovery", noting that they're both socially awkward.
Dr. Jurati reminds me more of Dr. Gillian Taylor from ST IV TVH, in a good way.
 

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I continue to appreciate how the world feels like TNG, only a few decades more advanced. Much more successful than any of the prequel series have been at sliding into the timeline.


If we consider that everything we've seen essentially plays out in real time, that means Picard knew Data for 15 years (1987-2002 in our time) and now Data has been gone for 20 or almost 20 years (2002-2020), so Data has been gone longer than Picard knew him. It also means he's spent more time without the Enterprise crew than with them.

All of that is a long way of saying that it makes sense there would be a lot of new faces in and out of Picard's life, since more time has gone by than we originally saw on the show and in the movies.

Fans have been craving a post-TNG/DS9/Voy series for a while now, and I'm glad this one doesn't disappoint.
 

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I don’t get it. I’m using the same set up and no Dolby Vision.
Which subscription plan are you using? I'm on the $9.99 commercial free plan. Saw a few post on Reddit theorizing that it may be locked behind the commercial free plan.

Also saw this on reddit:
Question for those seeing the HDR option, are you subbed through Apple or through CBS directly? I am subbed directly through CBS and the only thing I see is HD logo on both Apple TV and iPhone XS Max. However, if I remove CBS as a connected app in the Apple TV app, then the Dolby Vision logo appears next to the HD logo. Trying to figure out of others that direct sub at CBS are seeing the same or are they receiving the HDR option.
I have never had my CBS app linked to the TV app because I hate the TV app. So, may be worth a try. Here is how to unlink an app from the TV app: https://www.imore.com/how-use-tv-app-apple-tv#remove
 
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