One of the most anticipated episodes for the upcoming second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is a live-action crossover with the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks. The episode was directed by TNG veteran Jonathan Frakes, who spoke exclusively with TrekMovie about this episode and much more.
Proud of the flat-out comic crossover
In an interview with TrekMovie’s All Access Star Trek podcast, Jonathan Frakes talked about his time on Star Trek: Picard season 3—including this week’s episode—but he also brought up his special episode of Strange New Worlds. He was very excited about it, revealing he was just about to record an episode of The Ready Room with Lower Decks stars Jack Quaid (Boimler) and Tawny Newsome (Mariner) to talk about it.
He offered his summary of the episode with some new details:
Mariner and Boimler just happen to cross over from their animated world into the ship with Anson (Pike), and Rebecca (Number One) and Ethan (Spock) on Strange New Worlds. And it is a flat-out comic [episode]. It’s fabulous. It’s a fish out of water. Fortunately, both Quaid and Tawny look like their characters. So it’s so absurd to see them in three dimensions and their interrelations… Boimler is obsessed with Spock, and terrified of Number One. There is so much good stuff. And Mariner comes to save the day. It’s very, very funny. I’m very proud of it. And I can’t wait for people to see it.
He also confirmed that both Boimler and Mariner appear throughout the entire episode, saying, “It opens as a cartoon and it becomes the real show.”
More SNW for Frakes… hoping for Academy too
The second season crossover episode is Frakes’ first time directing for Strange New Worlds, but he confirmed he will be back to direct more SNW, and possibly more Star Trek in general:
I’m booked to direct an episode for season 3 of Strange New Worlds. And I’m hoping—if I don’t screw up—to get on the rotation on the Academy show.
Season 3 of Strange New Worlds was recently announced and is expected to go into production this summer. The new Starfleet Academy show was also just announced, with production set to start in early 2024.
PurpleStride with Jonathan
The full interview with Jonathan Frakes will be part of this Friday’s episode of the All Access Star Trek podcast. In addition to Star Trek: Picard, Jonathan talks about his involvement with “Trek Against Pancreatic Cancer,” part of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s upcoming PurpleStride event taking place in cities all across the country on April 29. He is joined by fellow Trek vets Armin Shimerman, Kitty Swink, and John Billingsley. They are looking for fans to join in the walk and contribute, with a goal of raising $90,000 for their Trek team.