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The B-story returns to Saru (Doug Jones) and T'Rinna (Tara Rosling) as they monitor the greater Breen political situation following the events of the previous episode "Labyrinths". Photo Credit: Michael Gibson/Paramount+ Directed by Jonathan Frakes and written by Sean Cochran and Ari Friedman, "Lagrange Point" provides the series with an atypical balance of mystery, intensity, and action,[...]
Star Trek: Picard: Armin Shimerman Turned Down Role of Ferengi, Sneed
While promoting his work at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and his team Trek Against Pancreatic Cancer, Shimerman, his wife and DS9 guest star Kitty Swink, actor-director Jonathan Frakes, and television writer/producer Juan Carlos Coto spoke to about Dorn's proposal and Shimerman's immediate response. Aaron Stanford in "Star Trek: Picard" Image courtesy of Paramount "Forget the[...]
Star Trek: Discovery to Break Jonathan Frakes Impressive Unique Streak
Jonathan Frakes has two unique distinctions in the galaxy of Star Trek First, he directed the most episodes as a one-time cast member There have been several actor-turned-directors across the franchise, including his castmates on The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, and Gates McFadden Frakes has directed 30 episodes across TNG, and[...]
Star Trek: Alaskan Trekkies Want Riker Honored Same as Janeway & Kirk
Riker, played by Jonathan Frakes, across five Trek shows in The Next Generation, Voyager, Enterprise, Lower Decks, and Picard, and four films You can count six if you add Deep Space Nine, but he was technically playing his doppelganger, Thomas Riker. Photo Cr: Sarah Coulter/Paramount+ © 2023 CBS Studios Inc All Rights Reserved. Alaskan Star Trek Fans[...]
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Included in the panel are showrunner Terry Matalas, actor/director Jonathan Frakes (Riker), Gates McFadden (Beverly Crusher), Ryan, Ashlei Sharpe-Chestnut (Sydney La Forge), Michael Dorn (Worf), Brent Spiner (Data), and Todd Stashwick (Liam Shaw) Moderating were TNG and Picard actor Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh). Photo Credit: Trae Patton/Paramount+ ©2021 Viacom, International Inc All Rights Reserved. Star Trek: Picard[...]
Star Trek Community & Beyond Offer Terry Matalas Birthday Wishes
Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images / Paramount+ Star Trek Community Wishes Terry Matalas a Happy Birthday! Among the well-wishers include Jonathan Frakes (TNG, Picard), William Shatner (The Original Series), Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Christopher Monfette (Picard), Freddie Wiedmann (Picard), Todd Stashwick (12 Monkeys, Picard), Steve Barton (Picard), Dave Blass (Picard), and Gates McFadden (TNG, Picard) Here's a[...]
Star Trek: Tawny Newsome on Strange New Worlds-Lower Decks Crossover
The cast of #StrangeNewWorlds were so wonderful and welcoming, getting to (finally) work with my friend [Tawny Newsome] in live action was a delight…" The first set featured Newsome and himself with the Vulcan "Live Long and Prosper" salute, a solo shot of himself on the captain's chair, a group photo with director Jonathan Frakes,[...]
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 3: Jonathan Frakes Set to Direct
Jonathan Frakes, like his Star Trek peers, looks forward to making up for lost time with the SAG-AFTRA strikes over Coming off arguably the biggest high of the franchise in the Paramount+ era in season three of Picard, which featured a full reunion of Next Generation, there's a strong push from the community and showrunner[...]
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#SagAftraStrong — Jack Quaid (@JackQuaid92) November 9, 2023 🖖🏾👍🏼🙏🏽🎬 — Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) November 9, 2023 It looks like the Hollywood Strikes are over Folks shouldn't have to be put out of work for 190 Days just to get a fair deal. — Dave Blass (@DaveBlass) November 9, 2023 At the risk of sounding like a broken record, fans[...]
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Next Generation and Picard star Jonathan Frakes, who's contributed far more on the directing front since TNG's end, had some thoughts about Captain Will Riker's future since their last hurrah against the Borg in the finale "The Last Generation." Photo Cr: Sarah Coulter/Paramount+ © 2023 CBS Studios Inc All Rights Reserved. "'The Rikers' marriage is back on[...]
Star Trek: Discovery: Frakes “S5 Back on Track” with ‘First Contact’
Trek veteran actor and director Jonathan Frakes, who played William Riker since TNG and reprised the role for Picard, teased to Star Trek Explorer (via TrekMovie) what to expect for the final season of Discovery and why he compares it to his most successful TNG film in 1996's First Contact. Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham of the[...]
Star Trek: Picard: Todd Stashwick Tempts Jonathan Frakes with D&D
Titan-A along with his first officer he keeps deadnaming with Stashwick and Jonathan Frakes (William Riker) on commentary. Todd Stashwick and Jonathan Frakes in Star Trek; Picard Images courtesy of Trae Patton/Paramount Frakes on How Blass & Kloczkowski Had to Explain Star Trek Technobabble to Stashwick "In the middle of a carpet crisis on the Enterprise D [Art[...]
Star Trek: Jonathan Frakes Discusses SNW/Lower Decks Crossover & More
It's not a stretch to say how much Star Trek has had on Jonathan Frakes' career as an actor and a director While it's common to have cast members direct episodes, the actor has gone above and beyond taking his experience from The Next Generation and fashioned his own separate career as a director while[...]
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Enterprise-D on 'Picard?'" At the Paramount FYC (For Your Consideration) event, cast members Michael Dorn (Captain Worf), LeVar Burton (Commodore Geordi La Forge), Jonathan Frakes (Captain William Riker), and Mica Burton (Ensign Alandra La Forge) spoke out about coming back in a featurette called "Back on the Bridge: Returning to an Iconic Set." Photo Credit: Trae[...]
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Fan patience finally paid off in the third and final season of Picard, which saw the core cast reunite in stars Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard), Jonathan Frakes (William Riker), LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge), Gates McFadden (Beverly Crusher), Michael Dorn (Worf), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), and Brent Spiner (Data) It wasn't enough the cast picked[...]
Star Trek: Picard: Todd Stashwick Tempts Jonathan Frakes with D&D
In the spirit of nerd peer pressure along with the fitting theme of season three of Star Trek: Picard, star Todd Stashwick (Liam Shaw) is trying to entice co-star and Next Generation alum Jonathan Frakes (William Riker) to join a game of Dungeons & Dragons like another co-star, Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) Stashwick tweeted[...]
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Among the participants and pairings include Jeri Ryan (Seven) and Todd Stashwick (Shaw); Michael Dorn (Worf) and Michelle Hurd (Raffi); LeVar Burton (Geordi) and Jonathan Frakes (Riker); and Gates McFadden (Beverly) and showrunner Terry Matalas While the entire featurette is definitely worth your time, here's a look at how the crew addressed being a part[...]
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Everyone in the ensemble cast shines across the board – Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Speleers, Todd Stashwick, and Brent Spiner The series not only allows the proper farewell to the TNG cast we never got in 2002's Nemesis, but we also have a launching point for a true[...]
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As we learned during San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2022, "Lower Decks" stars Jack Quaid (Boimler) and Tawny Newsome (Mariner) will be making their live-action way to the Enterprise – and now, episode director & franchise legend Jonathan Frakes has some things to share about what fans can expect. Image: Paramount+ Screencap "I [directed] one [episode] in season[...]
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It rivals the TNG season three cliffhanger "The Best of Both Worlds," where Locutus (Stewart) threatened the Enterprise-D before Riker (Jonathan Frakes), having assumed command, orders Worf (Michael Dorn) to fire In a season with a ton of familiar faces, it says a lot about the magic Matalas and the team have crafted in that[...]
Star Trek: Picard Showrunner on Riker/Troi/Worf Reunion, Vadic Story
Among the lingering arcs of TNG were the Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), William Riker (Jonathan Frakes), and Worf (Michael Dorn) love triangle and the season's villain Vadic (Amanda Plummer) backstory Matalas addressed both in the eighth episode, "Surrender." Photo Credit: Trae Patton/Paramount+ ©2021 Viacom, International Inc All Rights Reserved. Star Trek: Picard: Terry Matalas' Unenviable Task of[...]
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Audiences will also be able to take part in a live Q&A following the screening with stars Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Terry Matalas held at the LA screening and broadcast to the rest of the IMAX theater locations. The third[...]
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Titan-A, Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Troi (Marina Sirtis) are prisoners onboard the Shrike, and Geordi (LeVar Burton) is struggling to make sense of what's happening with his best friend in Data (Brent Spiner) The following contains minor spoilers for the episode. Photo Credit: Trae Patton/Paramount+ ©2021 Viacom, International Inc All Rights Reserved. Star Trek: Picard's Various Nuanced[...]
Star Trek: Picard S03 Explores What's Inside Section 31's Secret Vault
It's been one of the biggest topics of discussion in Star Trek circles this week in the Picard season three episode "The Bounty," the contents inside at Daystrom Station, the facility Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Worf (Michael Dorn) and Raffi (Michelle Hurd) infiltrate to find out what the Changelings stole that's an even bigger threat than[...]
Star Trek: Picard Star Todd Stashwick on Shaw/Jean-Luc Mic Drop Moment
When we first meet him, we find he's pleased to receive his VIP guests Admiral Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his former Enterprise-D first officer Captain William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) During the events of the fourth episode, "No Win Scenario," as the Titan was facing certain doom, Shaw interrupted Jean-Luc and Jack's (Ed Speleers) father-son[...]
Star Trek: Picard Showrunner On S03E04 Family Drama & Ship Tension
Titan-A William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) The following contains spoilers so consider this your warning. Photo Credit: Trae Patton/Paramount+ ©2021 Viacom, International Inc All Rights Reserved. Star Trek: Picard: Jean-Luc's Family Drama with the Crushers and Will Riker Early in the episode, we get a flashback to five years ago when Jean-Luc is trying to enjoy his meal when a[...]
Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Ep. 4 Review: A Cinema-Level Masterpiece
Titan-A with Riker (Jonathan Frakes) put in provisional charge after its original captain Liam Shaw (Todd Stashwick) became incapacitated during an attack Riker reluctantly finally goes with Jean-Luc's (Patrick Stewart) plan for a counterattack before the Shrike's portal weapon rerouted the Titan's torpedoes back at it, causing them to fall deeper into the nebula Let's[...]
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Jonathan Frakes has been Star Trek royalty since his days as a featured cast member of The Next Generation because it helped bridge his second life as a director While he still occasionally acts, including reprising his role as William Riker on Paramount+ legacy sequel Picard, he's been far more involved behind the chair creatively[...]
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Shaw (Todd Shashwick) is incapacitated but not before handing the reins over to Riker (Jonathan Frakes, who also directed the episode), with his former captain "acting" as his first officer in a role reversal. Photo Credit: Monty Brinton/Paramount+ ©2021 Viacom, International Inc All Rights Reserved. Also in deconstructing the problems separately are Seven (Jeri Ryan) and Jack[...]