Six Things We Learnt From Jonathan Frakes About Star Trek: Discovery Episode New Eden And More

Six Things We Learnt From Jonathan Frakes About Star Trek: Discovery Episode New Eden And More

Riker Returns To Star Trek… Sort Of

The second episode of Star Trek: Discovery season two was on last Friday and here’s 6 things we learnt about it from its director, Jonathan Frakes, formerly of Star Trek: The Next Generation, from a chat he did with Deadline…

  1. Frakes feels that casting plays a major part in Discovery:”When it does work, like it did for us on Next Generation and like it is now on Discovery, a lot of that has to do with casting. Sonequa Martin-Green, who is at the core of the show and is the heart of the show, is not only gorgeous and talented she is spiritual and very supportive and is a brilliant leader. Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp and Mary Wiseman, who plays the character of Tilly, seemed to me at the beginning to be so out of left field, but that character has become hugely popular.”
  2. The cast of Discovery are like a family, Frakes remarks: ” On weekends they get together and eat together and go dancing together and have fun together. It is like a family and it’s a thrill to be part of it. And I think it comes across. I mean, you do hear about shows where that’s not the case, like Moonlighting but it was certainly the case for our show. When we came in we all thought we had caught lightning in a bottle at the same time and that we were all blessed. We didn’t even know how blessed we really were.”
  3. He found it an enjoyable experience returning to Star Trek although he admits he had to adapt to having a different role to The Next Generation:”It did have a little bit of that kind of feel to it and I have to admit I was thrilled by that. I have some issues embracing the role of the old guy. I still think of myself as a kid even though I look in the mirror and see the white beard that used to be black. But there’s a pride of ownership. Our show is 31 years old. William Shatner’s show is more than 50. And now here’s this new show that is incredible.”
  4. For him, it is relationships between the characters which are the key to the popularity of a show like Star Trek and its various iterations: “The truth is I’ve felt that the reason that really any show ever works — and this goes back, ironically, to something else you just mentioned — is because the audience cares about the relationships. And, in this case, that means that family, as you put it.  So all the bells and whistles, all the f—— explosions and space battles and all the bulls— that everybody cares so much, none of that matters if people don’t care about the relationship between [Martin-Green’s character] Burnham and Mr. Spock or if they don’t care about Tilly or Saru. Either consciously or subconsciously, the audience needs to be invested in the relationships.”
  5. The director found working with Discovery’s showrunner and executive producer Alex Kurtzman to be a rewarding experience: “He’s very kind which I really like. It’s a great quality for a producer. But maybe an all too rare one, too. [Laughs.] He’s very smart and he’s very encouraging. I like his Discovery family and I like the freedom that he encourages. When he 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.”
  6. Frakes isn’t involved with the new Star Trek show, Star Trek: Destiny but he admits that this is something he would love to be part of: “The feeling is we would love to be part of it. But the feeling is also that it’s Patrick’s show. [Laughs.] Having said that, I can’t imagine a world where there’s no reference to what happened to the rest of the Next Generation cast. Patrick isn’t playing Capt. Jean-Luc Picard this time, he’s done with Starfleet in this show. That’s about the only thing I do know about the show. Patrick and I had a steak dinner a couple of weeks ago and this man, who I’ve known for 31 years now, is so excited about this show he’s like a little kid. It’s fabulous!”

Read the entire article here

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: