Soon enough, CBS All Access will bring us the continuing adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard with Star Trek: Picard, with Patrick Stewart reprising the role he made famous with Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The show is set to hit CBS’ streaming service at some point in 2020. Ante Dekovic, a VFX supervisor on the show, just revealed the filming on the first season of the show has wrapped:
That’s some very cool swag for the crew.
Stewart isn’t the only Star Trek star returning to their old role. Also coming back is Jonathan Frakes as Commander William T. Riker, who told a group of Trekkies at Fan Expo Canada that he was nervous. “I hadn’t acted in a long, long, long time,” he said. “I hadn’t played Riker in 18 years, and I’ve been very fortunate to be busy directing. I acted briefly in a movie in Winnipeg about 10 years ago. And I had a major anxiety attack because, for whatever reason, I’d forgotten to act. I forgot how to act. I was not a pretty picture for a few hours. I got my s–t together and ended up doing fine.”
"I had just directed two episodes of Picard with Sir Patrick and, as I said, his acting muscle was well-toned. And Marina (Sirtis) had just closed having starred in a play in the West End in London. So, I knew she was going to be in good form. So, I was a nervous wreck. It ended up going very well. But don’t let anybody tell you it’s like getting back on a bike. That’s bulls–t. That’s acting bulls–t."
Yeah, put anyone next to Patrick Stewart and they’re probably going to get nervous. “I have had the privilege of reading the first couple of episodes and I have spent some time with Patrick who is so engaged,” Frakes said. “Sorry. It’s wonderful. It’s smart. I’m excited about it. He is obviously more excited. His announcing of it at Las Vegas — which I believe was his idea —was very smart. You know he is 78, and he is going to be carrying the show on his shoulders, his considerable shoulders.”
"I’m excited for him and personally, I feel so blessed to back. It’s so ironic that I spent so many years trying to expand where I was working and I was lucky enough to get onto other types of shows. The directing has been a mitzvah for me—to learn another craft. And now I am deeply ensconced in the world I was in 31 years ago—and I’ve got to say—incredibly grateful for it, between The Orville, and Discovery and Picard. And hopefully the Empress Georgiou show."
Empress Georgiou is the alternate dimension doppelganger of the deceased Captain Philipa Georgiou from Star Trek: Discovery. Did Frakes just confirm that a spinoff show about her is in the works? Man, it’s a great time to be a Trekkie.