Turns out there’s even more from Jonathan Frakes’ latest round of interviews following Star Trek: Discovery episode 406, which he directed. The former Next Generation star and veteran director is revealing more about working on Star Trek: Picard season two… and three.
TNG Reunion on the set of Picard
Jonathan Frakes directed two episodes of the second season of Picard, which brings back John de Lancie as Q as well as Brent Spiner playing a new member of the Soong family. Speaking to Collider, Frakes talked about what it was like for him to reunite with those two along with star Sir Patrick Stewart on set:
I had an episode with John de Lancie, who played Q on our show, and Brent Spiner now plays another character on Picard, and Patrick and I. The four of us are sitting there and it was like a weekend had passed, but it had been 35 years, or something like that, since we had started this show together.
He also spoke of the mini TNG reunion with CinemaBlend:
I have a scene with [de Lancie’s Q] and Soong, who Brent [Spiner] plays on Picard. And it’s one of my favorite scenes of the season.
CinemaBlend also reported Frakes will “share a scene with de Lancie,” indicating a possible return as William Riker, as he did for season one. But TrekMovie has confirmed he was just talking about directing the scene, not acting.
de Lancie’s Q is “complicated”… like the Borg Queen
Jonathan Frakes had a bit more to say about working with de Lancie on season two of Picard (via CinemaBlend):
He’s beautifully cast as Q, and Q is one of the most complicated villains, arguably, with the Borg Queen. It’s always a pleasure to work with John on and off the set.
As it so happens, the Borg Queen will be part of season two, played by Annie Wersching. This morning, art director Kit Stølen shared a photo from the set of Picard, revealing they use an image of Wersching’s Queen as a “PLEASE STAND BY FOR ASSIMILATION” test pattern for their camera monitors.
Back to work… pic.twitter.com/IBtvZ8R4Z5
— Kit_Stølen (@KITST7LEN) January 4, 2022
Picard season 2 (and 3) is more about the crew
Mr. Frakes also gave an overview of what we can expect in the upcoming seasons (via Collider):
Season two of Picard explores a little more of the crew that Picard found and is with. Season one was sort of a coming to reintroduce Picard to the world, and the vulnerability, and the choice to be retired, and the demons that still haunt him. And season two is more inclusive of his crew. The characters that we came to know as they were introduced on season one and then became part of the family. That family now functions as a unit in a way that most shows, when they develop. Season two and three become seasons where they really get their footing as a cohesive ensemble.
He has previously confirmed he also directed episodes for season three of Picard, which is currently in production.
The second season of Picard wrapped production in the fall of 2021. It was originally announced to be debuting on Paramount+ in February, but with last week’s announcement of Discovery going on hiatus and returning in February, it seems possible (if not probable) that season two of Picard will be pushed back a few weeks at least.
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