Veteran Star Trek writer and producer Brannon Braga is keeping busy these days on the FOX series 24 and he even has a new genre pilot for ABC in development. Our friends at iF Magazine caught up with the man with the most Trek writing credits to talk about Jack Bauer, JJ Abrams and much more, excerpts below. iF also has more from Jonathan Frakes about his ‘Trek reunion’ episode of Leverage.
Braga talks Trek past, present, and future
Brannon Braga on the controversial Enterprise finale "These are the Voyages”
I think that final, final episode, I may be understating it when I’m saying it didn’t turn out as well as I hoped. I think the intentions behind it sent a valentine to all the STAR TREK shows and a very genuine heartfelt one, because we knew STAR TREK would be off television for a long, long time, but it was kind of a lackluster story.
Braga on JJ Abrams taking over Trek
My analogy with STAR TREK is I divorced my wife, I love her dearly, she’s with a great guy, and I’m so happy for her. At the same time, in the back of mind, someone else is with my wife. That’s how I feel. I can’t help but feel emotionally attached to STAR TREK. But predominantly my feeling is it’s in great hands with J.J. Abrams and I can’t wait to see the movie.
Braga on if he would return to do another Trek series
I would do it if it were the right people and right idea. Right now, no way.
See the full iF Magazine interview for more much from Braga on Trek, 24, and his new show Flash Forward.
Braga at the "24" premiere party in January (WireImage)
More Frakes on ‘mini Trek reunion’ episode of Leverage + more pics
Like TrekMovie, iF also checked in with TNG’s Jonathan Frakes to talk about this week’s episode of Leverage, which he directed and has Brent Spiner and Armin Shimerman as guest stars. Goto iF Magazine for the whole thing, here is an excerpt with Frakes talking about what it is like working with his old pals.
It makes the shorthand more valuable. I think you can work faster and more fascicle with the actors because you have the experience of how they work. All three actors I knew would show up prepared. Some times you cast an actor, you’ve seen the audition, but you don’t know what you’re going to get on set. You’ve worked with people you’ve worked before, you can breathe a little easier.
Electric Entertainment has also sent over more pictures from tomorrow night’s episode.
Trek reunion episode of Leverage airs Tuesday
Make sure you tune in this week to Leverage "The Juror #6 Job", airing Tuesday February 10 at 10/9c on TNT. More info at tnt.tv/series/leverage. Check out a sneak peek at “The Juror #6 Job” below.