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Picard Director on Why Star Trek's Creator Would Have Hated His Episode

The freedom of being on a streaming service has allowed Star Trek: Picardto delve into the more morally grey areas than its predecessors. This is a freedom Jonathan Frakes enjoys, though he might know one person who definitely wouldn't.

Speaking to THR, the Trek veteran, who helmed"Stardust City Rag," opened up about the emotionally frank discussions between Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) and Picard (Patrick Stewart), noting such a scene would not have been possible on The Next Generation.

"We never could have done [a scene like] this on our show," Frakes explained, citing that Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry believed there would be no conflict amongst "the family, the crew of the Enterprise" in the 24th century. "The scene was mostly worked out with the help of Michael Chabon and our wonderful writers and new additions to the Star Trek family: Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman, Kirsten Beyers. It's such a simple and beautifully-performed scene between the two actors," he added.

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Frakes raises a fair point, as what little conflict occurred on The Next Generation and the original series was easily resolvable. Although other series have delved deep into the faults of the Federation, specifically Deep Space Nine, Picard is the first series to confront the space-faring organization and question its mission. It also explores the trauma its main character has suffered, as Picard never fully healed from his assimilation into the Borg.

Star Trek: Picard stars Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, and Harry Treadaway. New episodes of the series premiere every Thursday on CBS All Access.


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