For 18 lengthy years, Star Trek: Nemesis was the final we noticed of the beloved Subsequent Era crew. And, to place it bluntly, it sucked. The film completely wastes a younger Tom Hardy, has a nonsensical plot and there’s a ridiculous dune buggy chase sequence. Thank god Star Trek: Picard got here alongside to offer the TNG crew a correct swansong.
Nemesis director Stuart Baird has come below particular criticism for his conduct on set. At one level, he proudly advised the solid that he’d by no means watched an episode of The Subsequent Era, appearing as if the job was beneath him. To rub salt into the wound, Baird additionally made no effort to faux that he knew who the solid had been, repeatedly calling LeVar Burton, Laverne Burton.
But it surely might have all been so completely different. Star Trek: First Contact and Rebellion had been directed by Commander Riker himself, Jonathan Frakes. These movies are thought to be among the most interesting Trek films thus far and had been huge hits, so why didn’t he tackle Nemesis?
Frakes has touched on the topic earlier than in interviews, explaining that on the time he didn’t wish to get identified for simply Star Trek. However now, in a Watch From House reside commentary for First Contact hosted by IGN, he’s revealed that he wasn’t even supplied the Nemesis directing job.
“I want I had been. I in all probability would have [done the film]. I do know that my illustration, they thought that it will not be an awesome thought simply doing Star Trek after Star Trek.”
Sadly, issues didn’t go significantly nicely for Frakes’ directorial profession within the early 2000s. He went on to helm slightly identified movie known as Clockstoppers, about youngsters with the ability to decelerate and cease time. He then adopted that up with 2004’s Thunderbirds, which was an enormous flop, misplaced a ton of cash and put him in what he refers to as “film jail.”
However whereas he could be nonetheless incarcerated so far as Hollywood goes, Frakes definitely has a busy profession in directing TV. He’s introduced his professional contact to Star Trek: Discovery and Picard and his episodes are normally singled out as among the better of the sequence. Let’s hope his involvement with the franchise continues for years to return.