Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jonathan Frakes was last seen reprising his role of William Riker in the third and final season of Star Trek: Picard. He also directed a couple of episodes for that season and Frakes is headed back to the final frontier to go behind the camera again, this time to for the third season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Frakes’ New World
Jonathan Frakes confirmed his return to SNW in an interview with Cinemablend, saying, “I’m going back up to Toronto to direct on Strange New Worlds.” He didn’t say when he was set to head to Toronto. Earlier this week we reported pre-production has just re-started with filming for the 10-episode season starting in early December.
This will be Frakes’ second time with Strange New Worlds after directing the Lower Decks crossover episode for season 2 (“Those Old Scientists”). He wasn’t able to direct for the first season due to a conflict with directing an episode of Star Trek: Discovery.
And we are now getting some fun behind-the-scenes videos and photos from people who worked on the shows but haven’t been sharing during the strikes. This includes some great stuff with Frakes from “Those Old Scientists” from writer/producer Bill Wolkoff. This includes a video of Frakes doing the dialog for the Orion captain Harr Caras in a scene with Anson Mount as Captain Pike.
Now that the strikes are over I have much to say about #SNW s2. It was the experience of a lifetime. One of the too-many-to-count highlights was working with @jonathansfrakes @JackQuaid92 @TrondyNewman Kat Lyn and @MikeMcMahanTM on Those Old Scientists. Enjoy some bts pics! pic.twitter.com/7rWzIallCJ
— Bill Wolkoff (@flying_lobster) November 12, 2023
Actor Jack Quaid (Boimler) also shared some fun images and video from that episode on social media.
— Jack Quaid (@JackQuaid92) November 13, 2023
Frakes’ directing work will next be seen in the upcoming fifth and final season of Star Trek: Discovery as he helmed the first part of the two-part season (and now series) finale. Season 5 if Discovery is expected on Paramount+ in early 2024.
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