Star Trek’s Jonathan Frakes Joins In On Captain Picard Day Celebrations
As any loyal Star Trek fan will know, June 16th is Captain Picard Day, a celebration of all things Jean-Luc. The idea came from the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Pegasus,” wherein Captain Picard receives tributes from the children of the Enterprise. Jonathan Frakes, who played Picard’s first officer Riker on the series, joined in the fun today with a video that anticipates his collaboration with Patrick Stewart on the upcoming Star Trek: Picard series.
Frakes wishes “Trekkers, Trekkies, “Picardians” a “happy Captain Picard’s Day” in a video from the official Star Trek Twitter page. The clip shows Picard being somewhat uncomfortable at the party for the Enterprise’s children, where Riker teases him about the various artworks created in his honour. Meanwhile, Deanna Troi tries to explain to Picard why the event is so special, leading to Picard having to awkwardly explain himself to Starfleet command.
Jonathan Frakes will be returning to the Star Trek franchise as a director on the new Picard series, having also contributed episodes to Star Trek: Discovery. There are also rumours that Frakes may reprise the role of Riker on the new series. Frakes, who was recently photographed with Stewart, has showed enthusiasm for reuniting with Patrick Stewart for Star Trek: Picard.
Furthermore, Frakes talks about why directing on the show has brought him full circle to the Star Trek universe:
We’re certainly excited for Star Trek: Picard, which will likely pick up twenty years after Star Trek: Nemesis, putting Jean-Luc close to 100 as he begins another adventure. The focus of the series will reportedly deal with the aftermath of the destruction of Romulus and how it affects Picard.
The series will arrive on CBS All Access and worldwide via Amazon later this year. In the meantime, how are you celebrating Captain Picard Day?