A 45 minute one off retrospective (in a documentary style) look back at the Star Trek franchise in general, and on the Star Trek: The Next Generation series in particular. Hosted by Jonathan Frakes, featuring members of the the cast and crew as themselves and includes small clips from the show and previews of DS9 and Voyager Episodes. Other information may be seen by accessing the "Episode".
Frakes, whose father was a college professor who taught English and literature, was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, and raised in nearby Bethlehem. He began acting at a young age in junior high and high school plays.
Following high school, Frakes enrolled at Pennsylvania State University as a psychology major, and during his time at Penn State became involved with an off-campus professional theater group; this experience eventually led to Frakes changing his major to theater arts. Upon completion of his studies, a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Theater Arts, Frakes spent two summers studying drama at Harvard University, where he performed at the Loeb Drama Center.
Besides Star Trek: The Next Generation, he has appeared in numerous TV roles, including the prime-time soap opera Falcon Crest.
In May 1988, he married the actress Genie Francis (Laura Spencer on General Hospital, on which a pre-Spock Leonard Nimoy starred in 1963 and on which Corbin Bernsen starred long after playing Q2) after working together in the television mini-series North and South. Francis is the daughter of the late character actor Ivor Francis, and the colony mentioned in Star Trek: First Contact, Ivor Prime, may have been named after Frakes's father-in-law. Frakes portrayed the younger brother of fellow Star Trek actors Kirstie Alley and James Read in North and South and North and South: Book II. The sequel also starred DS9 guest star Jim Metzler.
His non-Star Trek feature-film directing credits include Clockstoppers and Thunderbirds.
He has also co-written a book The Abductors: Conspiracy.
He recorded an audio commentary for the Star Trek: First Contact DVD, a film in which he both starred and directed. His efficient filming style on the set earned him the nickname of "Two-Takes Frakes".
Frakes was later a member of The Sunspots, along with Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn, and LeVar Burton. They appeared as the background vocals for "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie" on Brent Spiner's 1991 album "Ol' Yellow Eyes is Back".
Frakes is also credited with playing trombone for "Riker's Mailbox" on the 1994 Phish album, "Hoist".
He personally feels that the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Code of Honor" is the worst segment of Star Trek that he worked on.
Jonathan Frakes - Host Photos
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