Star Trek: The Next Generation alum Jonathan Frakes sat down with Trekmovie.com to discuss his work on Star Trek: Discovery and the upcoming Picard show.
First, when discussing Star Trek: Discovery, he believes the show has “grown the beard.” The phrase originates from when Frakes’ CDR William Riker grew a beard in the second season of The Next Generation after being clean shaven during the first. It generally refers to the opposite of “jumping the shark” and is where the quality of a show has gotten noticeably better.
“…I think Discovery has done it and I think a lot of has to do—like on our show, we didn’t get there until the third season, even though I grew the beard—the settling in of both sides of the camera: the writing and the actors … The show feels to me like it is very much on the tracks now and running with real strength.”
Frakes has directed three episodes of the sophomore show, one the first season and two in the second. He went on to say that he would, in fact, be back to direct at least two episodes in the third season of the show.
The director also discussed how fans would feel about the, as yet untitled, Picard show, fitting with The Next Generation and carrying on that legacy.
“Eighteen years later. I think the fans are going to be thrilled and excited and surprised. I have had the privilege of reading the first couple of episodes and I have spent some time with Patrick who is so engaged [laughs] Sorry. It’s wonderful. It’s smart. I’m excited about it. He is obviously more excited. His announcing of it at Las Vegas—which I believe was his idea—was very smart. You know he is 78, and he is going to be carrying the show on his shoulders, his considerable shoulders.”
It’s interesting the way the original interview posed the question about the Picard show “fitting.” There are Star Trek fans who’ve made issue of the liberties Discovery seems to be taking and questioning many perceived canonical inconsistencies that have been appearing throughout the shows run. Fans already seem to be leary about how the new show will treat the history that has come before.
New episodes of Star Trek: Discovery become available to stream Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS All Access. Production of “Star Trek: Picard” is slated to begin this month and will also be appearing on the streaming service.
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