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You have a week to watch the Star Trek: Picard premiere for free

It’s like one of those free samples they give you in mall food courts, but for CBS originals

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close-up of Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) in Star Trek: Picard Image: CBS

If you wanted to catch up on the adventures of Jean-Luc Picard but don’t know if you want to shell out $5.99 a month for CBS All Access, fret not. For about a week — that is, until Wednesday, Feb. 5 — the first episode of Star Trek: Picard is free to watch on the CBS website.

Star Trek: Picard premiered on CBS All Access on Jan. 23 and picks up 14 years after Capt. Picard resigned from his post as admiral. Unlike Star Trek: The Next Generation, which was typically episodic in nature, Picard is set to be more serialized. A tie-in comic adds depth to the first episode, particularly the presence of Picard’s housekeepers.

Patrick Stewart returns to the role of Picard, with Santiago Cabrera (Merlin) as a pilot and Michelle Hurd (Law and Order: SVU) as an intelligence officer. Also, Patrick Stewart insisted that Picard’s canine companion be a pitbull because he wants to redeem their tainted reputation, and if that’s not reason enough to watch the show, I don’t know what is.

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