'Star Trek: Discovery' Brings Aboard Jonathan Frakes to Direct an Episode

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 - 8:15PM
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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 - 8:15PM
'Star Trek: Discovery' Brings Aboard Jonathan Frakes to Direct an Episode
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Based on everything we've seen thus far, when Star Trek: Discovery finally gets released, the show will at least look absolutely gorgeous. So how do you improve on a series that already looks this good? Simple: you hire Number One himself - Star Trek veteran Jonathan Frakes - to direct an episode.

Frakes is a familiar sight to many Star Trek fans, having played Commander William T. Riker throughout The Next Generation's seven seasons. Besides having the most famous beard in Trek lore, though, Frakes is also a very accomplished director, having helmed many episodes of The Next Generation, as well as directing episodes of Deep Space NineVoyager, and even the movie Star Trek: Insurrection. Showrunner Aaron Harberts told EW that the Discovery cast is "dying to work with him."

Bringing Frakes back into the Star Trek fold makes sense for a lot of reasons. Several creators involved with Discovery have stated that the show's lengthy delays have been due to insanely high production values, and it shows - everything has a beautiful look to it that far outstretches what most audiences are used to seeing on a science fiction television show. Besides having some familiarity (read: lots and lots) with the series, Frakes has a good directing résumé.



What's more, Frakes has directed episodes of shows like Diagnosis Murder, The Twilight Zone, Dollhouse, Castle, Powers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and NCIS: Los Angeles. It's safe to say that he knows what he's doing when it comes to directing an episode of Discovery. What's really fun, though is that Frakes also directed an upcoming episode of Seth McFarlane's spoof series, The Orville. This fall season, Frakes is double-dipping, providing a serious episode of Star Trek Discovery, and a parody of his own work for the more comedic space opera.

Since there's no official episode summaries or titles yet for Discovery, it's unknown which episode Frakes is in charge of. But there's something for everyone coming from Frakes in the near future - that is, assuming that Discovery isn't cancelled five minutes after its pilot airs. That's still a real danger at this stage.

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Assuming everything goes smoothly, Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24, 2017 on CBS and their streaming service, CBS All Access.
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