To call Jonathan Frakes a Star Trek alum is an insult to his pedigree. Not only did he star as everyone’s number one second-in-command William Riker for nearly 20 years, he’s stepped into direct countless Star Trek episodes across the franchises various series and movies. He’s not an alum. He’s a foundation of the franchise. So, it’s only fitting that he come aboard Star Trek: Discovery, which finally set a premiere date last week of September 24th (8:30/9:30c).
Speaking in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts proudly announced that Frakes would be directing an episode of Discovery‘s first season. They offered no other information other than that he’s scheduled to direct one episode, so no word on when it will air or if he’ll have the opportunity to come back during the same season. Regardless, Jonathan Frakes is a prolific and talented director — he helmed Star Trek: First Contact, Insurrection, as well as episodes of Voyager, Deep Space Nine and Enterprise. Outside of Star Trek, his credits include Spy Kids, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Roswell and NCIS: Los Angeles, to name a few.
A cursory check of Twitter reveals that not one single person has a problem with this turn of events, least of all the current Discovery team. It’s really cute.
— Aaron Harberts (@AaronHarberts) June 27, 2017
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) June 27, 2017
Our sentiments exactly. Check out the first trailer below!
Star Trek: Discovery will premiere Sunday, September 24th at 8:30 pm (ET/PT) on the CBS Network and CBS All Access, with all following episodes set to stream on the network’s OTT platform after that.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly