'Star Trek: Discovery': Jonathan Frakes Says "Gene Would Be Very, Very Pleased"

Jonathan Frakes is no stranger to the world of Star Trek, having given several decades of his life in front of and behind the camera as Star Trek: The Next Generation's William T. Riker, and as director of both the series and films.

'Star Trek: Discovery': Jonathan Frakes Says "Gene Would Be Very, Very Pleased"
"Despite Yourself" — Episode 110 — Pictured: Director, Jonathan Frakes of the CBS All Access series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Photo Cr: Jan Thijs/CBS © 2017 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

It's a journey he's not ending anytime soon, as Frakes has directed 3 episodes of CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery, the most recent program to carry the Gene Roddenberry-created moniker.

'Star Trek: Discovery': Jonathan Frakes Says "Gene Would Be Very, Very Pleased"
"Despite Yourself" — Episode 110 — Director, Jonathan Frakes of the CBS All Access series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Photo Cr: Jan Thijs/CBS © 2017 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

In this case, Frakes is uniquely suited to have opinions about the current status and future of the franchise in it's streaming service home, under the guidance of Alex Kurtzman, who took over Star Trek: DISCO, and will be introducing at least 5 new Trek series over the next few years.

'Star Trek: Discovery': Jonathan Frakes Says "Gene Would Be Very, Very Pleased"
"Despite Yourself" — Episode 110 — Pictured (l-r): Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham; Director, Jonathan Frakes; Mary Wiseman as Cadet Sylvia Tilly of the CBS All Access series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Photo Cr: Jan Thijs/CBS © 2017 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

In a chat with Deadline, Frakes commented about Kurtzman's leadership, and how he believes The Great Bird of the Galaxy (Roddenberry) would be very very pleased at the hands his franchise is currently in:

When [Alex Kurtzman] took over the show, essentially, we had a really productive sit-down where he explained the arc of the season, essentially, and we talked about Trek in general and my guys and about Roddenberry. He was interested in all of it, and it was a pleasure really talking to him and listening to him. He's got a great curiosity but he also has great vision. Gene Roddenberry was an atheist so he didn't believe in heaven, of course, but you know if he was looking down on all of this I think he would be very, very pleased with the hands that Star Trek is in these days.

Star Trek: Discovery season 2 is currently available for streaming via CBS All Access. Additional series (like Picard and two animated shows) are all expected to be hitting within the next two years.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.



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