Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatt Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

Trek Untold Episode 50: Jonathan Frakes talks Star Trek TNG & Directing

Trek Untold celebrates its 50th episode and nearly a full year of shows, a big milestone for this podcast! What better way to celebrate this first anniversary than by talking with another Number One.

This week, Jonathan Frakes joins the show to tell some stories about playing William Riker in all seven seasons of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” as well as the four TNG movies and appearances in “Star Trek: Picard” and “Lower Decks.” Frakes also directed many episodes of Trek shows and two of the movies, along with a huge list of other television shows.

Frakes tells some stories about specific TNG episodes like “The Outcast,” “Sub Rosa,” and “The Offspring” (his directorial debut), tales about his action figures, and the secret origins behind a major part of Riker’s character. Plus, his philosophies on directing, working with Patrick Stewart in “Picard,” his on-screen relationship with Marina Sirtis, and which “Star Trek: Discovery” performer has been shadowing Frakes and will sit in the director’s chair in future episodes of the franchise. All this and more on the big 50th episode of Trek Untold!

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