Jonathan Frakes Previews “Despite Yourself,” Talks ‘Star Trek Discovery’ And TNG Cast Parallels

Director (and former Star Trek: The Next Generation star) Jonathan Frakes is talking about about helming “Despite Yourself,” this weekend’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery.

In an interview with the official Star Trek site, Frakes gave this brief description of the episode.

Lorca’s depth of character continues and there’s this wonderful business with L’Rell, Mary Chieffo’s character. It’s beautifully shot, it’s a great story, and there’s lots of loose ends tied up. Lots of questions are answered, and it’s a… cliffhanger. 

I think it’s the best episode of the year. Of course, I’m a little biased. I think it’s going to be very exciting for the fans. Sonequa is amazing. I think she is a magical new face for the franchise. I’m a big fan.

The former Riker also talked about how directing Discovery continues his thread of being involved with all the Star Trek shows following TNG:

I am very proud of having been part of all of these Trek shows. I felt that way back during our show, and then to direct our show and a couple of our movies, and then Voyager and Deep Space, it was great. And even the sort of ill-fated appearance on Enterprise, to have had my hand in all of them, I’m proud to be that guy. So, it felt right doing Discovery.

Jonathan Frakes on set of Star Trek: Discovery (CBS)

Bonding with Discovery cast

Talking to Rotten Tomatoes, Frakes praised Sonequa Martin-Green and talked about how the cast reminded him of the old days on the set of TNG:

She, as the new face of our franchise, of our family if you will, could not have been better chosen. I wished I had Michelle [Yeoh] on my episode too, which I didn’t, but I did get to meet her while I was working there. These women — and Jason [Isaacs], I’ve got to say — are fabulous. It feels so much like being around our [Next Generation] cast in such a positive way. It brought back such great memories. This company is a team, and they love each other and they support each other. They watch each other’s scenes. They go out to dinner together, they hang out together. It’s so familiar to me, from the way we were on Next Gen. It warms my heart.

The former Trek actor also talked about how the cast were curious about his time on the show and wanted his insights in a number of areas, noting:

Well, they asked specific things. We talked about the costumes, we talked about Roddenberry, we talked about the conventions. We talked about the absurdity. We did a little lesson in ship shakes and when you get blasted by phasers and all the things that are somewhat comical, possibly, or that are consistent from Star Trek to Star Trek: Talking to green screens, dealing with aliens, fan situations, how it will change your life, you know, for the better.

Frakes and the interviewer also discussed some spoilery information, which you can read in the full Rotten Tomatoes interview.

Watch Frakes direct Discovery

CBS Also released this video promoting the episode and featuring footage of Jonathan Frakes on set.

Episode 10 of Star Trek: Discovery will be available on CBS All Access on Sunday, January 7th by 8:30 pm ET. It will air in Canada on the Space Channel at 8:00 pm ET the same day and be available on Netflix outside the USA and Canada on Monday, January 8th at 8 am BST.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.

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