Patrick Stewart not only is reprising his role as Captain Jean Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series, he also gets to punk around Jonathan Frakes, Commander Ryker, so more.
Frakes tells Trek Movie that he is set to direct what “they call the ‘second block,’ which is episodes three and four.” Hanelle Culpepper will direct the first two episodes of the Picard series. Frakes says booking directors for two episodes at a time will be standard procedure for the show. “There are going to be ten episodes, with five blocks…She is about to start shooting, and then I start prepping after she starts shooting for a couple of days. I am so looking forward to it, I can’t tell ya.”
“Eighteen years later. I think the fans are going to be thrilled and excited and surprised,” Frakes says. “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.
Frakes has also directed numerous episodes of Discovery as well for CBS All ACCESS. It will be interesting to see where this new Picard-centric series takes the Star Trek saga. Both the J.J. Abrams Films and the Discovery series has dealt with rebooting or re-establishing Trek lore. The last time that I can remember we were in the future (post Star Trek Nemesis) was the final episode of UPN’s Enterprise series (which is still canon in TOS/Discovery timeline).
Now that the Kelvin timeline (J.J. Abrams films) appear to be over, we can see what the future of Trek has to offer. And not just the past.