Jonathan Frakes on directing Picard and New Borg Queen.

Leah Thompson


Lea Thompson as Dr. Werner in a scene from Star Trek: Picard directed by Jonathan Frakes.

Fans have noticed that Season 2 of Star Trek: Picard is piling up the franchise-wide callbacks and Easter eggs, and Jonathan Frakes is there for that. Frakes returned to the director’s chair for the episodes “Fly Me to the Moon,” which released March 31, and “Two of Me,” which will be available to stream April 7 Outstanding+.

Among the many known references in “Fly Me to the Moon” were – SPOILER AHEAD in case you haven’t seen the episode – “Tapestry”, Renee Picard (fans will remember Jean-Luc’s brother Rene), Kirk, Gary Seven, the “Star Trek: The Original Series” episode “Assignment: Earth”, Rozhenko, Jackson Roykirk and “Star Trek: First Contact” and “Star Trek: Discovery” (see the dates on Renee Picard’s passport). And of course there are mentions or scenes involving Chateau Picard, Soong and Q.

Frakes spoke to Heavy about Star Trek via Zoom to support that Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and her coming PanCAN PurpleStride nationwide fundraiser; he lost his brother to the insidious disease. Keep an eye on Heavy on Star Trek for more features PurpleStride and Frake’s personal connection to the cause.

“The Gary Seven reference I needed enlightened on,” says Frakes. “(Executive Producer and Showrunner) Terry Matalas is a wealth of information, and (Executive Producer) Akiva Goldsman is also a huge fan of ‘The Original Series,’ which I think (the upcoming series) ‘Strange New Worlds’ resembles his.” Structure. I vaguely knew Renee Picard because it (the episode “Family”) rang my bell. By the way, this actress is spectacular. Penelope Mitchell. She is wonderful with Patrick. And there is a very complicated connection to Picard. All songs… Brent Spinner must have a deal with the devil. How many versions of Soong has he played? I don’t want to exaggerate but I think it’s three, four or five versions of Data, B-4, Lore, Soongs. Because he’s such a shallow actor, the writers feel like they can throw anything at him, and somehow Brent will make sense of it. Even he objected to where we had to call in the logical police so that we didn’t have to call in the acting police.

Frakes also oversaw the crossover of popular sci-fi franchises into Fly Me to the Moon. Leah Thompson, who directed the third and fourth episodes of Picard’s second season, namely “Assimilation” and “Watcher”, had a cameo appearance in “Fly Me to the Moon” as Dr. Diane Werner, a board member whom Dr Adam Soong (Spiner) unsuccessfully seeks further support and funding to help his daughter Kore (Isa Briones). Frakes and Thompson, who starred with Michael J. Fox in the Back to the Future films, had previously worked together when Frakes directed several episodes of their recent series, Switched at Birth.

“I was a fan of her as an actor,” says Frakes. “Howie Deutch (director of Pretty in Pink) is her husband and he’s wonderful. And her daughters (Zoey and Madelyn) are just killing it now. I’m a fan of Lea, period. So we had a lot of meetings. It was a real pleasure to have her with us. She’s playful, she’s smart, and she speaks acting, which I think helps. She cast the scene you’re referring to, where she’s sitting on a plank. Lea cast herself because this scene was originally in an episode she directed. The scene was removed from Four and added to Five. So I inherited them, which was kind of wonderful. But for me, the highlight of the episode in terms of the recalls and the Easter eggs was Brent and John de Lancie acting together.”

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Direct another Borg queen

Frakes reunited with another old friend while directing Fly Me to the Moon and next week’s episode Two of One, The Borg Queen. Alice Krige famously played the character in the Frakes-directed blockbuster Star Trek: First Contact and reprized the role in the Star Trek: Voyager series finale, Endgame. She also voiced the Borg Queen for a couple of Star Trek video games and the “I, Excretus” episode of the current animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks. Susanna Thompson played her in the Voyager episodes Dark Frontier, Unimatrix Zero and Unimatrix Zero, Part II. Annie Wersching from “24”, “Bosch”, “Timeless” and “Runaways” took on the role of “Picard”.

Wersching’s iteration of the Borg Queen gets fans talking, much like fans did when Thompson took over Krige. You wonder once again if there is a Borg Queen, more than one or maybe one at a time.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve worked with a Borg Queen,” Frakes says, laughing. “We had the wonderful Alice Krige in ‘First Contact.’ I thought she was brilliant. I know that Susanna Thompson played the Borg Queen in Voyager. And now we have Annie Wersching on Picard. It’s a fair question, is there more than one? Are they the exact same character? Are they the same character but in different bodies? I’m not sure, but it’s fun to speculate.

“Annie was great,” Frakes continues. “She is a fascinating actress, intelligent, attractive and makes unexpected decisions. James Mackinnon and Neville Page came up with a remarkable look for our Borg Queen. She’s still an interesting, sexy character to think of. Annie really did the costume and makeup for her. It was an exciting collaboration.”

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