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Star Trek: Picard season 3 review: More than a nostalgia trip | AV Club

The Patrick Stewart-led Paramount Plus series finally finds its stride in its last go-round

By Lauren Coates, Published Friday, February 10, 2023

Editor’s Note: Star Trek: Picard will return for its third and final season with the first new episode being released on Paramount+ on February 16th, 2023, with new episodes weekly.

Jonathan Frakes as Riker and Patrick Stewart as Picard
Photo: Trae Patton/Paramount+

Among the upper echelons of sci-fi television, is there a series as beloved as Star Trek: The Next Generation? Maybe.

But the classic franchise is on a pretty short list. Some 35 years after the premiere of that show, audiences are apparently no less thirsty for Picard, Riker, and the rest of the Enterprise-D crew, as seen in Paramount Plus’ ambitious legacy series Star Trek: Picard, which reunites those heroes for a third and final season.

Though early episodes may struggle to shake the writing and tonal tendencies that bogged the first two batches, Picard season three is, without question, the show’s strongest yet, recapturing a bit of that magic of The Next Generation and nicely utilizing its talented cast.

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