And that’s the news, there, in the title. Jonathon Frakes, of Star The Next Generation fame, will direct a single solitary episode of the upcoming series Star Trek Discovery.
Seems like a good deal to me, I guess. Not really sure what his directorial style and history can bring to the show. After all, he’s directing one episode, not co-writing the series.
Writer-producer Gretchen J. Berg confirmed the helmer’s involvement with the series, telling EW, “Jonathan Frakes will rejoin the Trek world with Discovery. He’s a fantastic guy and great director.” One of Discovery’s showrunners, Aaron Harberts, also noted, “Our cast is dying to work with him.”
Also on board to direct an episode: Akiva Goldman, who co-wrote Transformers: The Last Knight (yeehaw) and the very boring film A Beautiful Mind, a film about a mathematical genius suffering severe mental problems.
I guess it’s a good thing his name is attached and CBS wants everyone to know it, because it helps sell the newly minted franchise to old-schoolers like me who think, rightly I might add, that Star Trek The Next Generation is the best Star Trek series ever made, so having Frakes aboard might make the difference between a terrible episode and a watchable one. Certainly it gets older fans of the property more interested, even if the entire premise of the show, from the knuckleheaded Klingons to the two-ship setting, to the focus on some ghetto black chick, not to mention the homosexuality, might cause more than few to aver in favor of watching something else, like back to back episodes of Next Generation, instead.
Yeah, I’m still not watching this shit, CBS. Nice trick, though.