Star Trek Discovery season 3 tonal shift

Spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery season 2 ahead.

The ending of Star Trek: Discovery season 2 boldly went where no Star Trek franchise had ever gone before – 930 years into its future, and past the farthest point explored on the timeline in the Next Generation era of Trek storytelling.

Now Jonathan Frakes, the Star Trek veteran who is directing multiple episodes of Star Trek: Discovery season 3, says that the third season features a “big tonal shift” to accompany its new setting. Read his quote below.
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Rick and Morty Character Design

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, learn what goes into creating characters in Rick and Morty, which results in many variations on new aliens and alternate versions of the title characters. Plus, watch a live commentary for Star Trek: First Contact with director and franchise co-star Jonathan Frakes, and find out how to draw the adorably mischievous Experiment 626 from Lilo & Stitch. Read More »

Star Trek: Picard Trailer

While Star Trek Discovery is jumping ahead 930 years to the future, Star Trek: Picard will be reaching back into the past by bringing back one of the most respected captains that Starfleet has ever seen.

Sir Patrick Stewart is back as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, but we find him living a life of retirement on a wine vineyard in the middle of nowhere. But that all changes when a young woman stumbles onto his property and begs him for help. Picard finds himself confronting a Federation that doesn’t seem to be willing to fight for those who are in dire need of help, so he takes matters into his own hands. That means asking some old friends for help and advice. Watch the Star Trek: Picard trailer below. Read More »

picard series director

20 years later, one first officer of Star Trek: The Next Generation is getting promoted to captain for CBS All Access’ upcoming Jean-Luc Picard series. Jonathan Frakes, who played William Riker in the beloved sci-fi series, has been tapped as a Picard series director, reuniting him with his USS Enterprise captain played by Patrick Stewart.

However, Frakes, who has directed plenty of TV and Star Trek projects since he left the role of Riker, won’t be stepping in front of the camera for the still-untitled Picard series. That will be left to Stewart and his newest cast members, including Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, and Isa Briones.

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star lord animated

James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy introduced a question that has been the center of obsession of some fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Who is Star Lord’s father? While we still don’t know which character is Star Lord’s dad in the movies, we do know that Kurt Russell will be playing the role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, which is currently filming.

But now news comes out that Jonathan Frakes (who famously played William T. Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation) will be playing Star Lord’s father on the small screen version of Guardians of the Galaxy. But which character is Frakes playing? And will this give us any clues about Peter Quill’s father in Guardians Vol 2?

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Nerd Court Trailer

Today Skybound is launching their new web series Nerd Court. The brainchild of Star Wars spin-off screenwriter Gary Whitta (you probably know way too much about this guy after our interview feature last week) which brings two geeks into the courtroom to plead their case in a too-nerdy-for-television argument. I got a chance to visit the set a couple months back, and it is in some ways a send-up of the courtroom reality shows that clog daytime television, but with topics you might actually find amusing. Skybound gave us the exclusive Nerd Court trailer to premiere, which you can watch after the jump.

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When the director of the first two Star Trek films went to another Star-oriented franchise, the world waited to hear who would direct the third new Star Trek film. Dozens of names were floated for Star Trek 3 and then Roberto Orci, a co-producer and writer on the first two films in the series, stepped into the seat. This was a controversial decision. Orci had never directed a film; fans were worried. Fast-forward a few months and Orci is out. He’s still involved as a producer, but he won’t be directing. The search is on once again on for another director.

As Paramount and Bad Robot frantically try and find someone to hit a planned Summer 2016 release date, we figured we’d help. We came up with 15 names who should, could, and actually might direct Star Trek 3. That means anyone who has an obvious film in the pike is out. Anyone who had passed is out and huge Hail Marys like Spielberg, Nolan or Scorsese are out. What’s left is a half wish-list, half possible list of 15 names. Read our Star Trek 3 director ideas below. Read More »

Jonathan Frakes Star Trek

The departure of Roberto Orci from the bridge of Star Trek 3 was both a blessing and a curse. It was a curse because the movie had its phasers locked on a 2016 release date, but a blessing in that a new director might drum up some excitement after the lackluster second installment. Instantly the discussion began about who should direct the film.

Articles and tweets packed with bad Star Trek puns filled the Internet and one thing became clear, at least for fans of the series. They wanted Jonathan Frakes, aka Commander William T. Riker himself, to direct the film. Besides starring in Star Trek The Next Generation and multiple Trek movies, Frakes actually directed several episodes of the show as well as Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection, two mostly-well-received entries into the Trek canon. He seems like a good man for the job.

As it turns out, he agrees and he’s aggressively going after the gig. Read more of the Jonathan Frakes Star Trek 3 news below. Read More »

Clearly some of the biggest movie talk today involves theories on just what the Star Trek Into Darkness teaser trailer means. More specifically, what character does Benedict Cumberbatch play? Is he a version of the famous baddie Khan? A take on the classic TV enemy Gary Mitchell? Or someone else altogether?

That image above is one of several pieces of “evidence” that Cumberbatch might be Khan, but it is by no means conclusive. In addition to that, after the break we’ve got:

  • The Russian title and poster for Star Trek Into Darkness, which could spur minor discussion,
  • Jonathan Frakes hopes in vain for Next Generation characters to show up in an Abrams film,
  • Andy Serkis talks a bit about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,
  • and The X-Files 3 just isn’t going anywhere right now.

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Now that G.I. Joe: Retaliation is no longer opening next month, thanks to a late-in-the-game decision to post-convert it to 3D, we’ve got another ten months to keep talking about it. After the jump, read director Jon Chu‘s earlier comments on the decision to shoot in 2D. Also:

  • Get a look at Shaquille O’Neal on the Grown Ups 2 set
  • Passion of the Christ sorta-prequel Mary Mother of Christ gets a director
  • Star Trek 2 is heading to Iceland for second unit shooting
  • Jonathan Frakes talks about his visit to the Star Trek set
  • Uncharted actor Nolan North will be in Trek 2, but chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen won’t

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