New Guest Article: STAR TREK: PICARD – ‘Countdown #2’ (Review)

Every now and then I contribute to other websites writing about film, TV, media and sometimes comics, as in this piece for Pop Culture & Comics.

In this piece, I look at the second issue of Star Trek: PicardCountdown, the new IDW Publishing tie-in comic which directly leads into the upcoming, much anticipated CBS All Access (or Amazon Prime) show launching in January.

Below is a sneak preview…

Now just over one month away from the premiere of Star Trek: Picard, and the vaunted return of Patrick Stewart’s legendary Starfleet captain, anticipation for the new series is building among fans circles and fans of television – especially with confirmation that a second season is also on the way.

Star Trek: Picard – Countdown continues, with issue two, detailing the incident that led Picard, now of course an Admiral having been promoted in the years since Star Trek: Nemesis, to leave Starfleet by the beginning of the series Picard, at which point he is effectively in his dotage, retired in his native France. There has been much speculation about these circumstances and in the first issue of Countdown, writers Mike Johnson and Kirsten Beyer (also a staff writer on the series) presented a classic The Next Generation moral conundrum as key to Picard’s bold and life-altering choice. Can he stand by and allow the elitists running a distant Romulan colony to be safely rescued from environmental disaster while leaving millions of indigenous people to die? This is Jean-Luc Picard, so what do you think?

Countdown issue two, therefore, is concerned with building out the detail and explanation for exactly what is happening on Yuyat Beta, the remote colony world Picard’s ship the USS Verity was diverted towards while beyond the Romulan Neutral Zone leading humanitarian Starfleet efforts to safeguard and transport Romulan refugees out of their territory before the Hobas supernova event that Star Trek 2009 canonically states is to come. In this issue we learn key facts which will flow directly into Star Trek: Picard.

You can read the rest by following the jump here.

Star Trek: Picard – Countdown #2 is now available from IDW Publishing.

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