Feb. 14, 2013 | 12:20 p.m.
This weekend, the Grand Slam Convention: Star Trek and Sci-Fi Summit in Burbank will feature a who’s who of science fiction TV personalities, including the stars of “Grimm” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” but the real draw will be a public reunion of the cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” There are few casts in science fiction (or even all of entertainment) who seem to enjoy each other’s company as much as the “Next Gen” crew. Though the seven main cast members have always remained in touch, they’ve rarely all been gathered together in one place publicly since filming the final “Next Generation” film, “Star Trek: Nemesis,” in 2002. “We really are a family,” says Jonathan Frakes, who played Commander William Riker on the series. “We’ve stood up for each other at each other’s weddings, are godparents to each […]
June 19, 2012 | 3:46 p.m.
It was the most challenging mission that any Starfleet crew would ever face but, somehow, the ship’s first officer was oblivious to the true nature of the peril. “I didn’t understand the stakes, I didn’t really understand what we were getting into,” actor Jonathan Frakes says now as he reflects on the earliest days of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which launched 25 years ago with the galaxy-class ambition of filling up the Federation space left by the original series. “I didn’t know at that point the cultural phenomenon that ‘Star Trek’ was. But, believe me, I learned pretty quick.” Frakes, in the role of Cmdr. William T. Riker, was there when the broadcast journey began with the two-hour television pilot “Encounter at Farpoint” in September 1987 and, 15 years later, he was there when the credits rolled on “Star Trek: Nemesis,” […]