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Jonathan Frakes Asks J.J Abrams If He Can Direct 'Star Trek 3'

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Jonathan Frakes, the fan-favourite Star Trek actor who played Commanded William T.Riker in The Next Generation and the spinoff films, has started a campaign to direct the third instalment in the rebooted movie series. The enviable job became vacant last week after Roberto Orci stepped away from the director's chair - and Frakes thinks he had what it takes.

Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch starred in J.J Abrams' excellent Star Trek: Into Darkness, which gained critical acclaim

During a radio interview, Frakes was quoted by as saying, "Hashtag, BringInRiker! I'm all over it. I'm all over it." The actor said he first made contact with producer J.J Abrams and that his agent reached out to Paramount Pictures to try and secure the gig. "I would love that job. I say, unabashedly, I'd be great at it and would love to do it," he added.

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Jonathan Frakes held at the Olympia Grand Hall. The Entertainment Media Show/Collectormania London Saturday 6th October 2012

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Hallmark Channel's Winter 2012 TCA Press Tour Evening Gala At Tournament House - Arrivals

Genie Francis Saturday 14th January 2012 Hallmark Channel's Winter 2012 TCA Press Tour Evening Gala at Tournament House - Arrivals

Star Trek: Nemesis Review

Long has held the rule that even-numbered Star Trek movies are good and odd-numbered ones are bad. I hereby propose a new rule be adopted: Say what you will about the odds and evens, but above all else, every fifth movie is utter crap.

Star Trek: Nemesis, the tenth (and God help us, the last) movie in the unstoppable Trek series, offers the thinnest story since Star Trek V took the previous crew to the center of the galaxy in search of God. But at least this one isn't saddled by metaphysical nonsense. All of that's out the shuttle bay doors in favor of good, old-fashioned idiocy, ripped from yesterday's headlines.

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Star Trek: Generations Review

The seventh Star Trek movie went where no man had gone before, at least not in Hollywood: Attempting to take an old and lethargic movie franchise and reinvigorate it with a new cast -- uniting both the original and new casts in one massive crossover movie.

Generations (having dispensed with the numbering of the sequels) is a fair enough film. It's massively contrived to be sure -- the Kirk-era cast and Picard-era cast were meant to be some 80 years apart -- but considering the difficulty of trying to combine two crews in one movie, Shatner & Stewart turned in a fair enough endeavor.

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Star Trek: Insurrection Review

By 1998, the Star Trek legacy was looking thin. The series had run through all of its big villains, Trek's cast was happily dabbling in other projects, and the memory of Kirk and co. had long since faded happily into the land of reruns.

But you can't keep Trek down, and the crew saddled up for this lackluster experience, the likes of which would typically comprise an hour-long episode of The Next Generation, and not even a season finale.

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Star Trek: First Contact Review

People tend to measure the quality of a Star Trek movie in relation to those near it in the cycle. Compared to episodes before (5 and 7) and those that followed (9 and 10), this eighth installment of the unkillable series is surprisingly watchable.

Jonthan "Riker" Frakes is at the helm this time, taking the Next Generation crew on its first mission without the original series cast. The setup comes fast, as Frakes trots out one of the series' most reliable villains: The Borg. Building from the mythology set up in the series, Picard (a former Borg captive) has a serious axe to grind, and when Starfleet ends up in a skirmish with an invading Borg ship, he defies orders and engages them in battle. The day is won, but an escape pod shoots from the ship, tunnels through time (stop rolling your eyes), and lands on earth. We see the effects immediately: The Borg has completely taken over the planet. The only sensible solution: Follow the Borg through the time hole and try to wipe 'em out in the past.

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Star Trek: Nemesis Review


"Star Trek" films have always faced considerable scrutiny from their detail-oriented fans, so one would think by the 10th big screen outing the shepherds of the series would know better than to make a movie full of flubs.

Yet while "Star Trek: Nemesis" is a formidable, dignified sci-fi adventure when sticking to the substance of its story -- about a baneful young clone of Capt. Picard leading enemy aliens in battle against the starship Enterprise -- the picture grows decidedly flimsier with its many out-sized, out of character and logically porous action set pieces.

Take, for example, the silly dune buggy sequence in which Picard (Patrick Stewart), android Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner) and Klingon Lt. Commander Worf (Michael Dorn) go conspicuously gallivanting around the planet of a pre-warp civilization (a violation of Star Fleet's Prime Directive that goes completely unaddressed), being shot at by locals and staging daredevil stunts, a la "XXX."

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