If anybody is aware of something about Star Trek, it’s Jonathan Frakes. After starring as Riker throughout seven seasons of Star Trek: The Subsequent Era, Frakes would go on to seem within the franchise for over 36 years. In reality, we virtually can’t consider the most effective sci-fi sequence ever made with out remembering his title.
Today, you’ll discover him behind the digicam. Whereas he did direct episodes of the most effective Star Trek sequence (The Subsequent Gen, duh), he’s additionally again in motion at present directing episodes of Unusual New Worlds. Particularly, he directed a current episode which noticed a crossover between Unusual New Worlds and the Star Trek animated sequence Decrease Decks.
It is a phenomenon that appears eerily acquainted to the season finale of Star Trek: Enterprise, which additionally noticed characters from earlier eras displaying their faces. A lot so, that it’s brought about Frakes to look again on the finale episode of Enterprise, which he appeared in as Riker. Sadly, he doesn’t bear in mind all of it that fondly.
“We didn’t fairly match,” Frakes stated [via Variety]. “It was bought as, ‘Oh, come on and do the episode, will probably be a Valentine to the followers’ — it wasn’t a Valentine to the followers. The followers didn’t wish to see us. Scott Bakula was such a mensch about it, however all these different Trek exhibits went seven seasons. No one needed to be on a Star Trek present that didn’t get to go to seven.”
Sadly, Frakes’ predictions concerning the Enterprise finale would transform prophecy, as a result of it ended up being one of the disliked and dissected Star Trek sequence finales in historical past. In all of Trek lore, Enterprise was the primary live-action sequence to not run for seven seasons for the reason that unique flagship present. Not an amazing look.
“And the inherent insult in having characters from one other sequence that had finished nicely are available to basically shut the books on his episode — it simply felt so flawed to me,” Frakes stated. “I imply, it was episode. We had a blast doing it in some ways. The extra I give it some thought, the extra I hear from followers about it particularly, it might not have been your best option we’ve made on Star Trek.”
In fact, the sequence finale of Enterprise isn’t completely guilty for the considerably skewered legacy of this specific piece of the Star Trek timeline. From the offset, the present obtained some harsh suggestions from followers primarily based on the truth that it skipped out on numerous the traditional Trek iconography. Plus, the strain was on — Enterprise was the solely Star Trek present on air throughout its course, which is one thing that hadn’t occurred since 1993.
Nonetheless, it had an viewers throughout its 4 12 months run. Moreover, it’s not the one flub to exist within the Star Trek universe. Even the most effective Star Trek films have usually left a lot to be desired. So far as Frakes is worried, it’s inevitable that errors are going to be made in one of many largest franchises recognized to man. It’s only a disgrace that it left a nasty style in individuals’s mouths.
“Once more, they’re not all house runs,” he added. “It’s simply unlucky that that was the final episode of that present.”
To see what’s forward, check out our guides to the Star Trek Legacy launch date and Star Trek Decrease Decks season 4 launch date. It’s also possible to discover out the whole lot it is advisable know concerning the new season of Unusual New Worlds with our explainers on USS Kelcie Mae, Dak’Rah, and Orions.
We additionally did some digging on which Star Trek Captains would survive a zombie apocalypse, and you may learn our function on how Unusual New Worlds simply broke canon, however why we don’t care. Plus, see our checklist of the most effective science fiction films and greatest TV sequence round for extra out-of-this-world motion.