Without much fanfare, almost disappearing between Easter and the new episodes of Star Trek: Picard, Paramount Pictures released the cinema films about the crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation at the end of last week. It was by no means one of the numerous new releases or infusions with a new slipcase or cover, but the new release in 4K or Ultra HD on Blu-ray. “Star Trek: Generations”, “First Contact”, “Insurrection” and “Nemesis” are finally available in digitally remastered 4K resolution. In the past year, that honor has been bestowed on movies centered around the old guard, beginning with Star Trek: The Movie. The rights holders had even released it in the “Director’s Cut” – which previously could only be admired in full length in DVD quality. At Amazon you can now buy the TNG films as “4K Ultra HD Blu-ray” from 22.99 euros.
Just in time for the finale of Star Trek: Picard – Buy cinema films from “The Next Generation” in 4K resolution on Blu-ray from €22.99
It would probably have been better if the films about the crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation had been released as “4K Ultra HD Blu-ray” earlier this year. Fans could have prepared themselves so ideally for the launch of the third season of Star Trek: Picard. But even over Easter, the launch is not entirely inappropriate. After all, Amazon Prime and Paramount+ have not yet made the last two episodes of Season 3 available, they will flicker across the screens this Friday and the one after that – in the USA, as usual, one day earlier. Some people will want to wait for the finale of what is likely to be the last season anyway to watch the episodes in one go. In this case, the 4K Blu-rays are ideal for preparing for what will probably be their last joint appearance in Star Trek: Picard Season 3.
Movies vs Series: So much Star Trek Picard is in the movies
“Star Trek: Generations”, “First Contact”, “Insurrection” and “Nemesis” or as they are called in the original – “Generations”, “First Contact”, “Insurrection” and also “Nemesis” – as well as Star Trek: Picard have one thing in common: the accusation of being too far from the template. After four seasons of Star Trek: Discovery and the first two at most mediocre Picard seasons, however, this statement is put into perspective in relation to the cinema films. Example “Meeting of the Generations”: It was lit darker in order to conceal the downsides of the scenes that were not made for the cinema. In terms of content, however, he was still very close to “The Next Generation”. It’s about loss, the meaning of our mortality and what drives us in life. Back then, no one could have guessed how unreflectively Star Trek: Picard would once deal with topics such as suicide and depression. Otherwise the criticism would never have been so loud. It only got really dark in “Star Trek: First Contact”. The Enterprise almost assimilated by the Borg, Data as an apparent Borg sympathizer and then we should all be robbed of our future. Nevertheless, the film managed the balancing act between mainstream cinema and typical Star Trek premise. Thus, the eighth cinema adventure presented a humanity that had barely survived the Third World War, rising like a phoenix from the ashes to set off together for the stars. Until then, Star Trek had only hinted at how and why we would one day overcome ourselves. Finally, in 1996, a screen adventure transported you back to that era. Jean-Luc Picard not only represented the advanced human beings of the 24th century. His actions, initially driven by revenge, skilfully taught the viewer that utopia doesn’t just fall out of the sky: Even the best among us need to be reminded of our civilization from time to time. “Star Trek: The Uprising”, although by TNG cult author Michael Piller, could no longer keep up in terms of content. Still, fans remember the film fondly. “How many people does it take for right to become wrong?” warns Jean-Luc Picard in top form. 2002’s “Star Trek: Nemesis” went down in the history books as a subpar TNG conclusion. In doing so, he offered some strong character moments, not only around the buried Data. But many of them never became part of the film. They fell victim to director Stuart Baird’s scissors. Compared to the first two seasons of Star Trek: Picard, Nemesis still shines bright as a beacon, at least according to some fans. Season 3 of all things could do better than the controversial tenth movie. Whether it succeeds in the end remains to be seen. Two out of ten episodes are still missing.
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Model instead of 4K Blu-ray: buy the original Playmobil Enterprise with a discount on Amazon
Anyone who is interested in models in addition to the cinema films of the Next Generation era will also find what they are looking for on Amazon. It’s about two of the most famous spaceships from Gene Roddenberry’s cult universe. The USS Enterprise NCC-1701, next to the Death Star probably the best-known spaceship from science fiction, is of course part of the party. It has been reinterpreted several times, most recently in Star Trek: Discovery and Strange New Worlds. While the Enterprise did not appear directly in Star Trek: Picard, it was indirectly seen as part of the museum fleet in the form of the Constitution-class ship USS New Jersey. This served as an Easter Egg for fans of Star Trek: Starfleet Command 3. The Playmobil model of the USS Enterprise, without “damn A, B, C or D” and also not in the form of a reboot, is currently selling Amazon at a top price. The collector’s item originally cost 499 euros, but with a 43% discount on the RRP, the price drops to 283.99 euros. The Bird of Prey from Star Trek 3, which was then used again and again and could be seen in the said museum episode, is also available on Amazon at a discounted price. The manufacturer price was reduced by a high 29%.
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Star Trek Picard Season 3: Finally worth seeing after two disastrous seasons – but soon it will be over
Star Trek: Picard kicked off 2020 with a very strong episode that contrasted favorably with Star Trek: Discovery. However, the streaming series then got lost in a completely convoluted story. She contradicted the previous series canon as well as her own plot thread, which was only a few episodes old. Season 2 also got off to a strong start, but lost substance with each episode. Not only Q and Guinan were redesigned this time, but also Jean-Luc Picard again – now with severe childhood trauma. Fans stood in front of the ruins of the franchise, Star Trek seemed completely dismantled. But then Terry Matalas took over the helm, known for the series adaptation of 12 Monkeys and himself a big Star Trek fan. He quickly wrote annoying characters from the screenplays. Those characters who should have been the focus of a Picard series right from the start returned or were given more space. In addition to Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard and Jery Ryan as Seven of Nines, this year’s cast includes: LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge, Michael Dorn as Worf, Jonathan Frakes as William Riker, Gates McFadden as Dr. Beverly Crusher, Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi, and Brent Spiner, although not as the original Data for obvious reasons. Certainly one can continue to chalk Picard Season 3 up against logical errors and criticize the gloomy optics and mood. The sound, however, is now closer to the template. The makers also swing the nostalgia club vigorously. There are still two episodes left, the next two Fridays they will be released on Amazon Prime Video and Paramount + – then the third and probably last season of Star Trek: Picard will be over. However, there is no shortage of material. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Lower Decks were recently renewed for Seasons 3 and 5, with Seasons 2 and 3 due to start later this year. By the way, a new Star Trek series has just been announced: Star Trek: Starfleet Academy. However, the show will not go into production until 2024.
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