Picard’s final season wrapped up earlier this yr with a fond farewell to the forged of The Subsequent Technology, however that hasn’t stopped audiences—or the cast themselves—pondering what ever could be next. Now it’s the flip of Riker himself, Jonathan Frakes, to think about what is perhaps subsequent for him and his Imzadi.
Picard’s third season ended with a second of therapeutic for the rocky marriage between Riker and Deanna Troi, with lingering trauma from the loss of life of their son having pushed them aside. However now they’re reunited, the galaxy is saved, and Deanna can plan all the vacations she desires, Frakes is pondering a distinct future for William T. Riker.
“In my thoughts, for the present to have the ability to transfer ahead, Riker must be a captain and have his ship, or he could be promoted to admiral and be a liaison,” Frakes lately informed the official Star Trek magazine, Explorer. “I’m solely half-kidding after I say it will be nice for me if the present carries on and I’m like Charlie from Charlie’s Angels. They’d have to return to my workplace in the future every week for a gathering with Riker. That’d be good. Then I may direct a bunch of the episodes and be across the present.”
That actually is the rub for Frakes—who has grow to be certainly one of up to date Trek’s most prolific administrators, throughout not simply episodes of Picard and Discovery, and extra lately Unusual New Worlds, the place he helmed the collection’ Decrease Decks crossover. Any function Riker may have in no matter post-Picard future Paramount has in thoughts would, based on the actor-director, should be the passing of the torch moderately than one thing with him within the highlight.
“I think if it does go ahead, it will be Jeri Ryan, Michelle Hurd, and Ed Speelers, who’s now in Starfleet, and Mica Burton and Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut, who performed Geordi’s daughter. I might additionally think about Lulu Wilson, who performed the Rikers’ daughter in season one and was so fabulous, could possibly be part of it. She may come again and possibly be in Starfleet,” Frakes mused.
“It feels to me like there’s an actual alternative for 3 of the legacy characters’ kids to hold on and form of be the following Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology. It simply feels prefer it’s laid on the market. It’s the blueprint for the following section.”
Now if solely somebody at Paramount would learn that blueprint!
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