Jonathan Frakes: Riker ‘Stiff’ and ‘Not Fun’ in Early Seasons Of Star Trek TNG

In July, just in time for the 25th anniversary, the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation will be re-released, remastered in HD on Blu-ray. And now the first officer of the Enterprise D is reflecting on his time in the 24th century and it "was not real fun" at the beginning. More details below


Frakes: Star Trek: TNG was not fun at the beginning

Speaking to the LA Times, Jonathan Frakes says that he didn’t know what he was getting into when he began his stint as William Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation 25 years ago, noting:

“I didn’t understand the stakes, I didn’t really understand what we were getting into. I didn’t know at that point the cultural phenomenon that ‘Star Trek’ was. But, believe me, I learned pretty quick.”

The actor (and now director) went into more detail about how things weren’t working for him early on with Star Trek

“I looked very, very stiff in those early seasons because I was so intent on living up to the vision that Gene had, and it was not real fun,” said Frakes, who got a reprieve, finally, when he mentioned his love of jazz and his musical hobby to one of the show’s writers. “All of a sudden, Riker was playing the trombone, and they let a little bit of the playfulness in. And it all changed for the better.”

But in the end, after 178 episodes and four feature films, Jonathan is happy with how things turned out, saying:

“It was amazing to be part of it. Riker evolved and changed over the years and that was a real gift for me.”

Frakes happy with his arc as Riker on Star Trek: TNG


Star Trek: TNG Blu-ray coming in July

The first Blu-ray season for Star Trek: The Next Generation comes out July 24th. The six-disc set includes HD remasters (in 1080p and 7.1 DTS audio) of all 26 episodes, plus brand new special features. You can pre-order the set at discounted prices. Walmart is selling it for $78.86 and Amazon has matched the Wal-mart price of $78.86.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season One

The set is also available for pre-order at Amazon sites around the world.

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