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‘Star Trek: Picard’ Ending With Season 3 As ST:TNG Cast Returns

Paramount announces that Star Trek: Picard Season 3 will be the last for the series as the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation will join the show for the final season. The announcement was made in the following video for “First Contact Day,” where joining Patrick Stewart for Season 3 includes LeVar Burton, Michael …

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Watch: Star Trek: TNG Riker Parody Episode 1

Check out fan-favorite character William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) getting the spotlight in the above parody series TNG Edit with “Riker” Episode 1 from the gazorra YouTube channel.

The video was edited and put together by Jan van den Hemel, who is known for ST: TNG fan-edits from the 2000s.

Footage is taken from various Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes to create the “effect,” but the episode is based on “Galaxy’s Child.”

It’s rather funny… And sort of freaky.

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Jonathan Frakes Wants To Direct Star Trek 3

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Roberto Orci recently stepped down from directing Star Trek 3 teasing they are looking for someone with a bigger chair.

Now “Number One” has stepped up to answer the call as Jonathan Frakes, Commander William Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation, wants to direct Star Trek 3.

Komo News Radio spoke with Frakes as the actor is due to appear at a local Star Trek convention that sees the cast of ST: TNG reunite.

“Hashtag, BringInRiker! Hashtag, BringInRiker!” Frakes enthusiastically said. “I’m all over it. I’m all over it.”

Jonathan Frakes is no stranger to being behind a camera as he has directed episodes of Star Trek, directed the 1996 Star Trek: First Contact film and the 1998 Star Trek: Insurrection movie, and recently directed episodes of The Librarians, Falling Skies and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

“I have already contacted JJ [Abrams]. I already have my agents stirring the pot. I would love that job,” Frakes offered. “I say, unabashedly, I’d be great at it and would love to do it. I am secretly trying to keep a lid on how I am excited about the possibilitknowing it’s such a long shot. But there’s nothing I would like better.”

Orci and Abrams are on Star Trek 3 as producers, with it said Paramount is aiming for the third movie to have a 2016 release, which is the 50th anniversary of the franchise.

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Jonathan Frakes Wants To Appear In J.J. Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness

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J.J. Abrams rebooted Star Trek in 2009 quite successfully with a brand new universe, but at the same time also managed to tie-in to the previous Star Trek universe with an appearance by Leonard Nimoy.

We’ve heard countless times about the newest film, Star Trek Into Darkness, that none of the original characters will appear.

Well, what about the characters that came after?

Jonathan Frakes played William Riker, the popular “Number One” to Patrick Stewart’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard, for seven seasons — and Frakes is hopeful that a member of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast will get a chance to appear in the new J.J. Abrams universe.

He tells NBC Philadelphia (Via TrekNews) the following:

I am very hopeful. I’m not sure where we would be – I happen to be a fan and a friend of J.J.’s and I think he’s rebooted the franchise in the most successful and wonderful way imaginable. And I’m really excited about the second movie. I think maybe some version of what they did with Leonard Nimoy in the first movie would be the way to go: they would pepper in one of us. I would imagine they’d start with Picard if they could. It would involve our usual time travel/quantum anomaly/black hole/some sci‑fi version of how we all get there.

Could one of TNG characters being appearing somehow along side Chris Pine this time around? If Benedict Cumberbatch is, indeed, the all-powerful Gary Mitchell, it’s quite possible.

Star Trek Into Darkness has a May 17th, 2013 release date in 3D, is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Chris Pine as Capt. James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Leonard “Bones” McCoy, Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov, John Cho as Hikaru Sulu and Benedict Cumberbatch as an unnamed villain.

Warp on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Trek Movie Hub for more news.

Synopsis:

In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

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