Frakes played Commander William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation and in several other Star Trek films. Because of this, the addition of Frakes is a welcomed one by fans everywhere. Gretchen J. Berg, writer and producer of the show, described her excitement to have Frakes return.
“Jonathan Frakes will rejoin the Trek world with Discovery. He’s a fantastic guy and great director.”
Fellow showrunner Aaron Harberts added on to Berg’s statement with the following:
“Our cast us dying to work with him.”
Frakes may have experience in front of the camera, but he is also very knowledgeable behind the camera as well. Frakes has helmed several episodes of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. He has also directed a few Star Trek films, such as First Contact and Insurrection.
In addition the Star Trek universe, Frakes has directed episodes of Leverage, Burn Notice, Castle (an episode called The Final Frontier), and NCIS: Los Angeles. Star Trek: Discovery showrunners, Berg and Harberts, will reunite with Jonathan Frakes after they worked together on the CBS show, Roswell.
With Jonathan Frakes being added as a director, this could definitely connect this new series to the rest of the Star Trek franchise. Meaning that Frakes’s style of direction could remind die-hard fans of the many past shows and films they have loved for years. This alone should entice fans to give the show a chance.
The upcoming show also stars Michelle Yoeh, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, and Anthony Rapp. As previously mentioned, Star Trek: Discovery will debut on September 24. It will premiere concurrently on both CBS and the All Access streaming service before then shifting to the streaming service exclusively for the rest of the season.
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