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Watch Marina Sirits and Jonathan Frakes Pitch Their ‘Rikers In Space’ Sitcom May 20, 2010

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A video interview with of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes has gone viral this week. In it the pair show their fantastic chemistry, joking about an imagined sitcom "The Rikers in Space" and reflecting on their time in the 24th century. Check it out below. 


Reunion with the Rikers

 This ‘Reunion of the Rikers’ interview is one of the special features from last year’s TNG movie box set.

You can watch this and many other new special features on the Star Trek The Next Generation Movie Collection, available on DVD and Blu-ray.




1. Adam C - May 20, 2010

:*( a dream that will never come true

2. That rock thing in that episode with the tunnels - May 20, 2010

“Dr. Worf, Medicine Klingon”

3. Captain Lonestar - May 20, 2010

McCoy and Spock in “The Odd Couple”

Q and Picard in “The Odd Couple: The Next Generation”

4. I'm dead Jim - May 20, 2010

That’s funny stuff! Love them and the cast, especially old baldy!

5. Gretchen - May 20, 2010

Awww…. this is so funny and cute.

6. Nick Cook - May 20, 2010

I’d pay good money for a TNG Reunion movie. Or a Titan movie. Or Series.


7. Sonny B. - May 20, 2010

It’s nice to see that neither their friendship or chemistry diminished one bit since Nemesis. However, I have to believe that this skit was a gag with the best of intentions.

I’d sure like to see a Next Generation movie come out in the not too distant future, but alas Paramount will seek to ring every penny out of the recent sucessfully launched reboot of TOS before they consider any TNG movie.

Can’t wait for the sequel. Three years between films is TOO much time between Star Trek adventures.

Peace everybody!

8. Rob - May 20, 2010

@7 I’d love to see that too, but I’m thinking the whole cast is getting too old. If they really wanted to do a reunion, they could make it work within the next couple of years with some TV makeup magic, but beyond that, I think TNG is now officially historical.

9. FDR - May 20, 2010

LOL’d @ : “My Imzadi..” “.. my Zimbabwe”

They’re hysterical!

10. Ben - May 20, 2010

If Star Trek is ever going to return to television then it has to be Titan. The pairing of Sirtis and Frakes is perfect given the rich history of the characters. It’s proven Titan is popular given the sale of the books among other interests.

11. Kayla Iacovino - May 20, 2010

That. Was. Awesome!

12. Sonny B. - May 20, 2010

@ 8

Hey Rob, you’re right. Age is the enemy here. They (the original crew/actors) could still pull it off within a 3-4 year window. After that, the powers that be would have to resort to recasting much like ST 2009.

I still hold out some hope that the TNG ensemble of actors will not be allowed to just “fade away” and be part of a really special Star Trek adventure that their established characters can bring to life as they’ve proven in the past.

Hopefully, something can be worked out. However, I can hope from here until I grow pointed ears myself and it wouldn;t do me any good. So the realist part of me says, “while I can dream and it would be nice . . . it most likely won’t happen.”

I’ll be quite happy when the TNG movie comes out and if J.J. Abrams, Orci and Kurtzman are involved, (perhaps even Ronald D. Moore), then I’d be highly confident that we’ll see a pretty special movie.


13. Rob - May 20, 2010


My wife and I are just finishing up TNG through Netflix. Grew up watching this show, and like you, would hate to see it just fade. Patrick stewart really carried that ensemble, and I’d be surprised to see someone who could effectively “do Picard”

14. Sonny B. - May 20, 2010


Agreed. I’ve always believed that Patrick Stewart was somewhat “under appreciated” in Hollywood. Aside from TNG, and X-Men, Conspiracy Theory he hasn’t done a lot of mainstream cinema. Of course his theater work stands on its own, but this is one actor that I’ve always believed to be under used in Hollywood.

Recasting Picard would be a serious challenge and probably presents a new set of obstacles to overcome when picking out an actor with the acting chops and flair that Patrick Stewart has.

Chris Pine walked into Kirk’s character quite comfortably and we’ll see more of Chris Pine’s interpretation of Kirk in future movies. When the time comes, It will be interesting to see how Picard is recast without coming across comedic in the portrayal of such a stallworth character we’ve all come to grow and appreciate.


15. Kenneth Of Borg - May 20, 2010

There is more talk now about an after DS9 movie but we will see.

The next JJ film will almost have to be Klingon. They would have the new makeup down to do Klingon in both films in that case. We will see.

16. philpot - May 20, 2010

TNG recast (if they made it within the next 5 years – which they aint gonna do)

Picard – Mark Strong
Riker – Brandon Routh
Data – Cillian Murphy
LaForge – Don Chedel
Crusher – Gillian Anderson
Troi – Eva Mendes
Worf – Michael Clarke Duncan
Yar – Ali Larter
Guinan – Halle Berry

17. Philip Dunlop - May 20, 2010

Cillian Murphy as Data? An interesting thought. Though I think you’d be losing a lot by giving him yellow eyes! I bumped into Cillian Murphy one day on the streets of Dublin (as well as Liam Neeson), as you do, and I was incredibly surprised at how short he was. He was very apologetic for walking into me. I, on the other hand, was gobsmacked.

@13: I think it’s a bit unfair to say Patrick Stewart “carried the ensemble”, as much of a fan of his as I am (and I really am). I think Jonathan Frakes had a LOT to do with it as well. Consider his time behind the camera. He’s clearly a very popular member of the cast/crew. And he did direct two of the feature films as well as possibly more episodes than any of the other former TNG cast – one of them arguably the best of the TNG movie franchise. Unlike seeing cast members together with William Shatner, for example, you never get the feeling the chemistry between Frakes & co. is forced. That’s just my opinion. I could be wrong on all counts. I do remember hearing that Jimmy Doohan couldn’t stand being in the same room as Shatner in the latter days.

As for future TNG adventures; I agree with those who reckon they’re now a bit long in the tooth. The ship has sailed in terms of the story, with Troi & Riker being posted to the Titan. That particular avenue, however, would be interesting to explore. I think a story involving the Romulans in a positive light would actually be very welcome, even if it is a little close to the story of ST:VI. Doing it from the point of view of the U.S.S. Titan could be very interesting. We already know that they were sent out to open negotiations from the precedent set in Nemesis.

18. Sotirios Moshonas - May 20, 2010

It would be nice if Star Trek: Titan could make a TV Series appearance. Would love to see everyone, except Data, make a comeback regular or a special guest star.

Data was already “killed” in Nemesis. Lore has been disable and dislodge. Only the character “B4″ is left but not quite sure he is part of the Soong Brothers.

Starships NX-01 Enterprise and TOS Starship USS Yorktown (NCC-1717) would be a great appearance in the beginning in the series.

19. Hugh Hoyland - May 20, 2010

I have to admit that when I first watched the pilot for TNG waaay back in 1987 I was taken off guard a bit, I could tell it wasnt going to be a continuation of TOS or a remake. At first I had trouble wrapping my wits around the new cast, the only one’s that stood out to me was Captain Picard by far and then Data and possibly Troy (but not for not her acting :}). The others just seemed a little bland to me (although I think they got much better as the series went on). I have a soft spot in my heart for TNG although I’ll always hold TOS as my favorite. Still it would be fun to see them again in some fashion, but I think the odds are against it. Star Trek has been reborn.

20. Rob - May 20, 2010


Hi Philip, when I said Picard carried the ensemble, I meant that entirely as high praise for Patrick Stewart’s performace as Capt. Picard, and not a dis to any of the other cast members. I am just especially fond of Patrick Stewart’s distinct and believable acting. As I said earlier, my wife and I are just finishing up the series on DVD, and we frequently turn to each other and talk about this or that person just “got Picarded”. In my opinion, Tapestry, The Inner Light, and All Good Things represents some of the best of TNG and TV in general largely due to Patrick Stewart’s presence.

I find Geordi to be an utterly likable character. Data, Riker, and Deanna are fantastic as well. I’m finding I enjoy much Deanna much more towards the end of the series as a no nonsense Starfleet officer with a real uniform. Early on she was a little too mushy for my tastes.

21. Frederick - May 20, 2010

Patrick Stewart is the only TNG cast member not to have aged appreciably. He must have a decrepit painting of himself locked away in his attic.

22. THX-1138 - May 20, 2010

That was nice. Thanks.

They have great chemistry. I would probably watch that half hour no matter how awful. ‘Aint no timeline like a Prime timeline.

23. CmdrR - May 20, 2010

Wait. You’re saying those two AREN’T married? You’d never know it from listening to ’em.

I’d love to see the TNG characters have another go. But, honestly, the material has to be solid. I just don’t see attempting a full-on series. If the budget is there, I’d love to see a few direct-to-cable movies. Let the characters grow and change from one to the next. Then again, sometimes it’s best to be left wanting more. Brent is doing some fun work now, but he just doesn’t look like the ageless Data anymore. Would that I could claim to have no wrinkles or spare tire(s). Anyway…

Best to all, wherever the journey takes cast, crew, and fans.

24. They call me Stasiu - May 20, 2010

That was a well-produced interview. Instead of brief soundbites between lengthy show clips, it’s the otherway around where we enjoy seeing them interact and get their whole thoughts and anecdotes. Great stuff!

25. AJ - May 20, 2010

Their chemistry as real people is wonderful, far better than the horrid relationship (warmed over Decker/Ilia) they were forced into in TNG.

I would watch a half-hour show with them. Just bring in “Baldy” and “Dorny” and the rest for a visit once in a while.

26. kaffeeschluerfer - May 20, 2010

I don’t think they will have a chance for a comeback on the big screen. But perhaps there will be some guest-appearances within the next series which might explain what happend after Nemesis.

But first of all paramount will try to establish the reboot.

Hey, if somebody reads this, how about that:

2012 Star Trek II
2015 Star Trek III (completing the trilogy)
2016 New Star Trek Series starts at the 50th anniversary of TOS

How about a phase II – series in the alternative-timeline where Decker gets his command over the enterprise including the vulcan Xon etc. as originally planed before they did The Motion Picture. (the reboot-lineup will be to expensive for a series, so that might be a possibility of continuing the reboot without the characters, who shouldn’t have an inflationary presence on tv anyway)

27. - May 20, 2010

TNG was great while it lasted but the demand for the return of any of those characters is not significant enough to make it a reality.

28. Taemo - May 20, 2010

Nice people. I do understand them, With me and my friends it is kind of the same. We see us every day, yet when we meet other people, for example on new years eve, we would always find ourselfs at the end of the party, or in the middle of it, and drink alone. Because sometimesyou meet just the right people and you don’t want anyone who who is not right to disturb your fun. I understand her. Great friendship.

29. Trevok - May 20, 2010

My attitude is forget broadcast media that is a dinosaur it should be made by fans and shown on the internet..
I recently watched Of gods and Men and think it is about the best episode I have ever seen. The reason it hasn’t got some idiot studio executives saying what you can and can’t do.
Go fan preductions!!!!!

30. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - May 20, 2010

Come on Bob Orci. Get us a new Trek Series already. Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Please!!!!!!! Please!!!!!!!!

31. mikephys - May 20, 2010

The chemistry between the actors and the richness of the characters is and was always the best part of Star Trek. The actors and characters make it happen. Like other long-lived favorites such as MASH, the story can sometimes be lacking, but the audience keeps coming back because we care about that cast of characters. (The apparent lack of these qualities may be why Enterprise failed.)

32. DK - May 20, 2010

I would FANATICALLY ($$$) support any TNG endeavor

33. Some Dude on the Internet - May 20, 2010

Time is the dehydrator in which we shrivel…

34. - May 20, 2010

Actually though i don’t think there would ever be a demand for the return of TNG to bring it to the big screen it may work if they just brought TNG back as a series.

Not something fans are begging for but done well it would be more like putting an old comfortable set of shoes on.

35. andrew - May 20, 2010

Man, Marina Sirtis, God love her, looks ROUGH.

This is depressing.

36. VOODOO - May 20, 2010

Andrew #35

I think she looks great. Keep in mind it’s not 1987 anymore. I hope I look that “rough” when I’m 55 years old.

The TNG cast all seem like nice people.

37. VOODOO - May 20, 2010

TNG deserves a better ending than it got.

Want to see a blockbuster tv rating? Combine the TNG cast with Shatner + Nimoy in a made for tv movie that bring both TOS and TNG to a conclusion that is worthy of both series rather than having TNG go out with a wimper, Kirk dead under a bridge he fell simply felloff of and Spock stranded in an Alt universe.

That would bring a huge spike in interest to ST before the next film hits the screen and it would make all fans happy.

38. RobertZ - May 20, 2010

Thank you so much for sharing this clip! Don’t have any blu-rays and it was a wonderful treat after a long day. Thanks!

39. Philip Dunlop - May 20, 2010

37. Yeah, count me out. This fan would HATE that scenario. Can you imagine the amount of compromises you’d have to make on things like, oh, I dunno… story? It should never happen. I’d rather take TNG going out with a whimper and the Shat’s Kirk dying under a bridge (seriously: get over it) than have to put up with such a concocted, shoe-horned set of circumstances where all the planets have to be in line and everyone does their special dance on the one night in a thousand years when the sabbath falls on a blue moon to bring all of these situations together. I’m a TNG fanboy, but I’ve managed to come to terms with the fact that we’re never going to see anything new from that particular cast. It’s for the better, too. Because anything that comes subsequently will just cheapen what came previously. That goes for just about anything to do with William Shatner, too.

40. CarlG - May 20, 2010

…aaaand I just fell in love all over again. They are just so awesome.

41. Steamblade - May 20, 2010

Yeah, it would be tough, but I think I could wake up to something as “rough” as Marina Sirtis, and I’m 20 years her junior.

42. nuKirk - May 20, 2010

@ #16:
TNG recast (if they made it within the next 5 years – which they aint gonna do)

Picard – Mark Strong
Riker – Brandon Routh
Data – Cillian Murphy
LaForge – Don Chedel
Crusher – Gillian Anderson
Troi – Eva Mendes
Worf – Michael Clarke Duncan
Yar – Ali Larter
Guinan – Halle Berry

maybe thats what it should be, but it’d most likely be something like:

Picard – Callum Blue (Zod from ‘Smallville’)
Riker – Ian Somerhalder (Damon from ‘The Vampire Diaries’)
Data – Joshua Jackson (Peter Bishop from ‘Fringe’)
LaForge – J. August Richards (Gunn from ‘Angel’)
Crusher – Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper from ‘Torchwood’)
Troi – Lea Michele (Rachel Berry from ‘Glee’)
Worf- Christopher Judge (Teal’C from Stargate SG-1)
Tasha Yar – Allison Mack (Chloe from ‘Smallville’)
Guinan – (in a skin color switchup) – Cote de Pablo (Ziva David from ‘NCIS’)

and as Q…. James Marsters

43. nuKirk - May 20, 2010

#13–see my above #42 post in response to #16 for who could play Picard in a non-comical fashion; Callum Blue (played Zod on ‘Smallville’, and carries a similar gravitas on camera as Sir Patrick Stewart..

of course i guess they could get Tom Hardy, who played Shinzon, (and before you laugh my off this site for saying so, AS A VILLIAN Tom Hardy sucked bigtime…but in reality in the part of Nemesis BEFORE Shinzon was revealed to be a villian, Hardy’s portrayal of the nice side of Shinzon almost echoed the tamer parts of Stewart playing Picard…with a proper director for the theoretical reboot of TNG I posted a possible cast for above, say, Joss Whedon, Hardy could theoretically work as Picard…

But my first choice would still be Callum Blue…

44. nuKirk - May 20, 2010

typo…i meant ‘me’, not ‘my’

45. BigD88 - May 20, 2010

It’s pretty obvious most of the TNG actors hated Nemesis for how it turned out and have a bunch of disdain for the director, Stuart Baird. But they loved the script.

46. Zebonka - May 20, 2010

So Blu-Ray means that extras go for really, really long periods of time?

… this was hilarious by the way.

47. Zebonka - May 20, 2010

She was always a fox! It was a damn shame they ditched the skirt+boots thing after Farpoint.

48. Philip Dunlop - May 20, 2010

46: This extra is on the DVD release also. Although, at least in Europe, it’s cut up and spread across all the DVDs.

49. The Wild Man of Borneo - May 20, 2010

That was the most awesome thing ever and friggin’ hilarious. God, I miss TNG so much.

Marina is so hot.

50. Sean - May 21, 2010

Sirtis and Frakes are so cool! Even a straight to DVD movie for Titan would probably do incredibly well. Why not let them all come back? It looks like they’re all up for it!

So frustrating! Let me run CBS and Paramount for a day, and I’ll greenlight at least two Star Trek DVD movies: DS9 and Titan.

@ #43 nuKirk: Your idea is GREAT! Tom Hardy would definitely play a great younger Picard, and Callum Blue was excellent as Zod on Smallville. He would make a great villain or even a great officer alongside Picard! Remember, Callum Blue was on Dead Like Me and played a very likable guy.

51. mikeypikey (Ireland) - May 21, 2010

Marina and Jonathan , will u adopt me pleassssse :-) I’ll be ever so good !

52. Darth Quixote - May 21, 2010

My favorite part of that interview is toward the end when Frakes mentions being in bad television. Marina says, “Uh, hello?” Such an honest and funny moment.

53. AJ - May 21, 2010

I’d pay real money to see these two podcast every month. CBS is asleep right now. I Want Shatner to be my dad, and Frakes and Sirtis can be the crazy neighbors like the Swansons in “Family Guy.”

Could you imagine such a world?

54. DonDonP1 - May 21, 2010

#26: Don’t you mean…?:
2012 Star Trek XII (to be released at the 25th anniversary of Next Gen)
2015 Star Trek XIII (completing the trilogy)
2016 New Star Trek Series starts at the 50th anniversary of TOS

There already was a ‘Star Trek II’ in 1982 and a ‘Star Trek III’ in 1984.

55. MC1 Doug - May 21, 2010

#16 & #42: I see that you both included Tasha Tar in a remake/dream cast but you both forgot Wesley Crusher, although I have no suggestions for who should portray him.

56. MC1 Doug - May 21, 2010

Great interview with Sirtis and Frakes! They’ve both still got it!

“My Zimbabwe.” that’s hysterical!

57. Steve - May 21, 2010

There’s nothing I want to see more than the TNG crew getting a proper send-off… it would be awesome to get it, but I very much doubt we will.

58. CJS - May 21, 2010

How would Joss Whedon recast TNG?

Picard – Anthony Head
Riker – Nathan Fillion
Data – Alan Tudyk
LaForge – J. August Richards
Crusher – Charisma Carpenter
Troi – Morena Baccarin
Worf – Chiwetel Ejiofor
Yar – Dichen Lachman
Guinan – Gina Torres

59. RGClay - May 21, 2010

Love them – would love to hang out with them (and not even bring up ST)..they just seem like such cool people!

60. ryanhuyton - May 21, 2010

Both Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes shared a commentary gig for “Star Trek Insurrection”. It was really candid and honest. Both did a good job commenting on the strengths and weaknesses of the film. They also discussed some of the behind-the-scenes crew during the end credits.

I would gladly listen to these two read from the phone book!

61. Geepers - May 22, 2010

Whoa,whoa, whoa. Wait… a minute.
The TOS cast made ST:VI 22 years after TOS ended.
If a TNG movie comes our 25 years + 1994 = 2019?
And have it set 20 or so years after the 2370s… with a story unlike a two-hour TNG episode… something “epic.” Maybe a story within the STO canon?

Whaddya think?

62. - May 22, 2010

That is a funny video.

Here is my suggestions for a recast.

Picard – Vin Diesel

Riker – William Shatner

Data – leelee Sobieski

Laforge – Don Cheadle

Crusher – Katey Sagal

Troi – Megan Fox

Worf – Eddie Murphy

Yar – Reese Witherspoon

Guinan – Conchata Ferrell

63. CarlG - May 22, 2010

@58: Alan Tudyk as Data? Morena Baccarin as Troi?

Sounds…. oddly appealing. Also, Ron Glass as Sisko, maybe? Or a male Guinan? He does have the “wise old mentor” thing going on..

64. Fiv - May 24, 2010

I don’t see why they don’t use Star Trek as a yearly mini series.

Shoot 5 or 6 episodes a year, double parters each one so you have 3 stories and then sell them on DVD….

You’d probably make a killing and you wouldn’t be bringing people in on big contracts as you wouldn’t need to have everyone every year. Just a revolving cast of all the TNG era casts including DS9 & Voyager…

65. Becca-STTNG LOVER - June 1, 2010

OMG they have to make this into a little half-hour show atleast. It would be great. I’d pay and i know alot of others that would pay to see it.

66. Todd - September 5, 2010

Despite the new film, I have all ways felt that the old franchise could continue in mini series or TV films.
I would love to see a half hour comedy based in Star Trek, it could work.
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