One of the big bits of news that emerged from the Star Trek: Picard panel last weekend at San Diego Comic-Con was that Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis were set to return to their roles of Riker and Troi for the new show. In a new interview, Frakes talks about what it was like shooting Picard this week and more.
Riker and Troi are still together in Star Trek: Picard
Speaking to IGN to promote his upcoming appearance at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention, Jonathan Frakes talked about returning to the role of Riker, which he shot this week saying he “was nervous,” adding:
I hadn’t done it for… Nemesis was what? 17 years, 18 years [ago]. Luckily it was with my old pal, and I had just directed two episodes of the show. So I did [it] with Patrick who is just… He’s crushing it on this series. He’s just on fire. The trailer’s awesome.
In Star Trek Nemesis, Riker and Troi got married and the film ended with Riker’s promotion to captain of the USS Titan. Frakes gave a brief update on where things are at two decades later for the Riker-Trois:
Yeah, the stuff is great. I can’t obviously tell you, but Marina and I… Well, you’ll see where we are. We’re together, and it’s quite… it’s non-military. I’ll say that.
The trailer and other promotional materials and appearances related to Star Trek: Picard have established that Jean-Luc Picard has retired from Starfleet over a decade before the show picks up his story in 2399. From what Frakes says, it’s possible William Riker and Deanna Troi have also moved on from Starfleet. It would explain why Picard seeks help from an unknown admiral as seen in the Picard trailer, instead of his former first officer, who would likely be an admiral himself by 2399.
Directing Picard is not like directing Discovery
Earlier this year Jonathan Frakes directed two episodes of Picard and in his IGN interview, he revealed he is about to head to Toronto to prep for directing another episode of Discovery. [Frakes told TrekMovie earlier this year he would be directing the third episode of Discovery’s third season along with another episode later.] Speaking to IGN, he contrasted the different shooting styles used for Discovery and Picard:
Well, it’s not the same deal because Disco has a very cinematic, conscious sort of J.J. [Abrams] lens flare style, and that works for Disco, and the sets are built for that, and there’s a lot going on. Picard is a little more contemplative, and so you can’t be unmotivated camera moves and all kinds of lens flares. And all that J.J. stuff doesn’t fly so much on Picard unless you’re in the middle of some sort of action. So the shooting style is a little bit different. You’ve got to keep it cool, though. That’s the other thing. It’s not like Next Gen where it was closeup, two shot, closeup, closeup. You know I mean. That s#!t is… That doesn’t fly on television anymore!
See Frakes and Picard cast at STLV
Jonathan Frakes will be appearing on a panel with members of the cast of Picard on Saturday, August 2nd, at 3:30PM Saturday, August 3rd in the Nimoy Theater at STLV.
The annual Star Trek Las Vegas convention kicks off Wednesday, July 31st and runs through Sunday, August 4th at the Rio Hotel and Casino. It features over 100 guests. TrekMovie will be there and provide our usual coverage.
Tickets are still available. More information is available at creationent.com.