Jonathan Frakes is again talking about one of the new Star Trek shows he has worked on, as well as his first movie as a director.
Frakes is ready to get back to work directing Star Trek: Picard
On Wednesday Jonathan Frakes joined IGN’s Watch From Home show for a live commentary and Q&A on his feature film directorial debut, Star Trek: First Contact. During the event he confirmed his return to the director’s chair for the second season of Star Trek: Picard:
I’ve been asked, so I’m looking forward to it. I can’t wait to get back to work,
Earlier in April, we reported Frakes saying it has been “a blessing” to be directing the new Star Trek shows for CBS All Access, and he expects to continue, saying “The directing has been fantastic for me. When Discovery worked out and then Picard worked out and now there will be a new one, and another one.”
Production on the second season of Picard was set to start this summer, but that has been put on hold due to the pandemic shutdown. Frakes seems eager to return to the director’s chair. In addition to his comment during the live Q&A, yesterday he sent out a couple of “throwback Thursday” photos on his social media featuring himself directing television shows, with the message “let’s get back to work.”
Frakes glad Star Trek: Picard didn’t have Riker on the Titan
In another interview from April (with ComicBook.com), Frakes talked about how he expects to see more Star Trek legacy stars on Picard:
I do expect to be back to direct the show, and I also think it’d be a good bet that we’ll [see] some other members of Next Gen because I think the ‘Nepenthe’ test went very well. I think to see if there was an appetite. I think they suspected there was, but I think to see if it would resonate to have Picard reunite with some of the people in a creative way.
It is a pretty good bet more familiar faces are going to show up on Picard. We already know that Whoopi Goldberg will appear in the second season. And Frakes’ TNG co-star LeVar Burton recently stated he too expects that all of the main TNG stars will show up on Picard, including confirming he was already in talks with the show’s producers. And last year Star Trek: Voyager’s Robert Picardo also said he had some preliminary discussions with Picard producers as well.
The episode “Nepenthe” found Frakes’ William T. Riker retired from Starfleet and living with his wife Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) on the tranquil forested planet Nepenthe. Speaking to ComicBook.com, Frakes said he welcomed this evolution of the character:
I’m glad we didn’t come back on the Titan, for instance, that we were found on another part [of the universe]. It’s 33 years or something. As Picard as changed, so has Riker and Troi and so has Seven.
In the film Star Trek: Nemesis, set 20 years before Picard, Riker left the U.S.S. Enterprise to take command of the U.S.S. Titan. While never shown on screen, Riker’s adventures on board the U.S.S. Titan were depicted in a series of Star Trek novels. In addition to Captain Riker and his wife Commander Troi, the non-canon Star Trek book-verse assigned other well-known characters to the crew of the Titan, including Tuvok, Nurse Ogawa, and Wesley Crusher.
William T. Riker may no longer be living on the U.S.S. Titan, but Star Trek: Picard did show him in command of a starship. In the season one finale, Frakes returned as Riker seen leading a Starfleet task force to protect the Synth homeworld. However, Riker’s command seems to be temporary as he described himself as the “acting captain” of the U.S.S. Zheng He. Frakes had to “self-direct” this scene in Toronto, with the Star Trek Discovery bridge set redressed.
Watch Frakes talk First Contact
If you missed the live event, you can still see the full Star Trek: First Contact Q&A with Jonathan Frakes on YouTube, or below. He discusses the rumor that Tom Hanks was going to play Zefram Cochrane, the origin of his nickname “Two Takes Frakes,” and more behind-the-scenes tidbits.
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