It will be like old times as Jonathan Frakes will be spending some time with Patrick Stewart on the upcoming Picard series.
Speaking with Trek Movie, Frakes revealed that he has been booked for two episodes of the Picard series. “I’ve been booked for they call the “second block,” which is episodes 3 and 4,” said Frakes. He went on to add, “There are going to be ten episodes, with five blocks … [Hanelle Culpepper] 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.”
No matter which side of the camera Frakes is on, it will be good to know he is working with Stewart again, but will it live up to the classic series? “I think the fans are going to be thrilled and excited and surprised.” said Frakes. “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 made quite a career for himself as a director since those years he spent as Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He began directing on that series and has gone on to films and an ever-growing list of TV series Star Trek Discovery and The Orville.
There’s still no indication as to the exact setting of the Picard series other than it is years later, and he is no longer a captain. There has been no hints to what the possible plot of the series is either, but fans are anxiously waiting to find out.
For now, Star Trek Discovery is about to end its second season on CBS All Access this Thursday.