Jonathan Frakes is doing double duty for the third and fourth episodes of Star Trek: Picard season 3, performing as William Riker and directing. And there is a fun new video showing the man in action directing “Seventeen Seconds. Plus we have some more episode three behind-the-scene looks.
Frakes “bans” Andorians from his set
Jonathan Frakes is known as an actors’ director and is well-loved by cast and crew for his jovial personality. In a new video posted by showrunner Terry Matalas, Frakes shows he had (jokingly) lost his tolerance for one of Star Trek’s founding alien species in a shot he was doing in District Six. Check it out (with some salty language)…
— Terry Matalas (@TerryMatalas) March 5, 2023
A better look Titan’s sickbay and transporter room.
Art Director Liz Kloczkowski offered up another lights-on shot of the Titan’s sickbay…
Behold, the Titan’s sickbay. Special thanks to Tomas Salvin (const. coord) for giving us all of our wishes, and Flip Orefice (sup. paint foreman) and team for repainting a bunch of it 😅 pic.twitter.com/q8k6m5Zpjr
— Liz Kloczkowski (@lizklocz) March 4, 2023
And production designer Dave Blass shared a shot of the Titan’s transporter room, explaining his design philosophy to make it a “natural evolution” of the TNG era style.
When designing the Titan's Transporter Room, my goal was for folks not to notice it. I didn't want folks to say WOW, how cool. It's just another Transporter room like they have seen before. It should look and feel exactly like a natural evolution of the TNG Era. #StarTrekPicard pic.twitter.com/pbEhlngR6f
— Dave Blass (@DaveBlass) March 4, 2023
High praise from Star Trek royalty
One of the vets who returned for Picard was designer Mike Okuda, who just last year was honored by the Art Directors Guild with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on Trek and beyond. In response to a fan thanking Terry for bringing back “Star Trek royalty” like Okuda, Mike turned that around to say Matalas himself deserves that distinction, adding season 3 is a “gift to all of us who love Gene Roddenberry’s creation.” Of course, Terry himself was moved by this praise…
This is the highest praise I could ever receive. You all have no idea what this means to me… https://t.co/S574iSEEN7
— Terry Matalas (@TerryMatalas) March 4, 2023
And here is a nice shot of Mike, in a well-lit Titan corridor.
I'm on the Titan-A, being interviewed for The Ready Room with Wil Wheaton for today's new episode of Star Trek: Picard. As Doug Drexler says, it's been a long time since I've looked forward to a new Star Trek episode every Thurs. Check out Picard AND The Ready Room on Paramount+. pic.twitter.com/lXk3vCvm1u
— Michael Okuda (@MikeOkuda) March 3, 2023
Stewart and McFadden are TVLine’s performers of the week
TVLine declared Sir Patrick Stewart and Gates McFadden as their performers of the week for their work in “Seventeen Seconds.” The write-up summed up…
Stewart did some of his best work ever as Jean-Luc in those moments, and McFadden matched him beat for emotional beat. It was difficult to watch two characters we’ve loved for so long fight like that, but it was a completely mesmerizing scene nonetheless, plumbing depths that Trek shows rarely attempt to reach. We’re happy to see our Next Generation favorites together again, but we’re also happy to see them get such rich material and knock it out of the park.
Inside Titan and Worf’s return
If you haven’t already, the latest episode of The Ready Room features an interview with Frakes along with segments taking a closer look at the design of the Titan and Michael Dorn’s return as Worf.
The third and final season of Picard premiered on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., and Latin America, and on February 17 Paramount+ in Europe and elsewhere, with new episodes of the 10-episode-long season available to stream weekly. It also debuted on Friday, Feb. 17 internationally on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories. In Canada, it airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.
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