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Old April 22 2014, 05:07 PM   #31
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Re: "Two Takes" Frakes

I would not mind seeing him direct Star Trek III/XIII, though the odds of Paramount making that happen are zip/zilch/nada. The current cast has plenty of chemistry, and I think he'd do a great job of emphasizing that over the no-doubt plenty of action scenes. The only thing is that he'd have to get a handle on shakycam and more dynamic, kinetic moving shots. Frakes is a student of film and will put in tons of research to for the right style, which is always a plus.
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Old April 22 2014, 05:49 PM   #32
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Jonathan Frakes was fantastic on all the Star Trek series in which appeared as Will (and sometimes also Thomas) Riker, of course! But I also loved his appearances on the Roswell series! He was so funny and so approachable, one has to admire him.

He also appeared on that Syfy series about the unusual, but I've forgotten its name.

As he mentioned in that appearance/interview, he has directed and produced several series, so he is a man of many talents.

Finally, although the books are not regarded as canon, my appreciation for Captain (now Admiral) Riker--and also for his "twin," Thomas Riker--has grown considerably, through those stories, and I think he is an even better captain than Captain Picard, his longtime mentor. When Picard and Riker make different decisions, I find myself agreeing with Riker every time.

I think it is time we start giving Riker and Frakes the respect they have so convincingly deserved all these years.
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Old April 22 2014, 07:58 PM   #33
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LOL. No pressure, then!
Never! No pressure, here. Only Fun and Fantasy. And I'm with you, as far as being a Will Riker Fan, in particular. He's my favourite First Officer! He's so relatable, you know? He's a real "Every Man," in that sense. And not just men relate to him. There are a lot of women, certainly, who recognise his many worthy attributes. This one's for you, WillsBabe:

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Old April 22 2014, 10:06 PM   #34
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Thanks! I'm flattered! I think I like item one the best.
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Old April 22 2014, 10:25 PM   #35
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Hey 2takesfrakes, that's Johnny 5's theme and no one elses.
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Old April 22 2014, 11:58 PM   #36
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>>SNORT!!!<<
Here's the OFFICIAL video to the song. Regardless, ladies ... let Commander William T. Riker satisfy all of your fantasy needs, in any case ...

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Old April 23 2014, 11:21 AM   #37
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Slightly OT, but in that vid, is it just the light, or is he going a bit thin on top?
That's the Process of Erosion™ at work, as it's the first place female fans go for - always wanting to run their fingers through his hair ...
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Old April 23 2014, 11:25 AM   #38
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I think it is time we start giving Riker and Frakes the respect they have so convincingly deserved all these years.
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Old April 23 2014, 08:48 PM   #39
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One of my favourite scenes in the whole of TNG is the bar scene in First Contact.
Me too! "You're blended all right."
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Old April 24 2014, 04:32 PM   #40
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Awesome video of Bonnie Tyler! She was obviously singing about 2takesfrakes, aka Will Riker.
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Old April 24 2014, 09:11 PM   #41
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Now, let us Warp 10 around the Sun, as we go back in Time, to the beginning of TNG, in the Year of Our Lord 1987. And an interview that took place with "Two Takes" Frakes and Sir Patrick Stewart. Heat Shields up, at maximum ...

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Old April 25 2014, 05:14 PM   #42
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Now that TNG has become a classic, the standard to which the other Trek series are compared, it seems funny to see the perceptions of its potential at the beginning of its run.

Thank you for sharing that interview with us, 2takesfrakes!
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Old April 27 2014, 10:01 PM   #43
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Also, since I don't think anyone's mentioned it yet, how about a shout-out for Frakes' performance as Xanatos on the fondly-remembered Disney series Gargoyles?
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Old April 28 2014, 12:25 AM   #44
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That's right! And I don't believe that's his only voice over work, either.

Jonathan Frakes has hinted at, perhaps even directly stated, I'm not sure, that STAR TREK basically typecast him and made it harder for him to get parts. As Cyke101 mentioned in this very thread, though, STAR TREK also denied Frakes the opportunity of directing some really major event movies, even within the franchise, itself. And I find that to be very unfair. Actors directing movies they're starring in is not something many of them who've tried it have pulled off.

Kenneth Branagh comes to mind, as I am quite fond of Shakespeare and he's tried bringing a lot of that to the screen. Unfortunately, though, I am not fond of his Hamlet. However, his HENRY V is truly epic. And I would go so far as to say that Frakes reminds me of him, in terms of what he might've been capable of.

The way Frakes stages scenes, the care he takes in choosing some of the best cinematographers in the business and the fact that he knows how to relax people and really get solid performances out of his cast ... what he really should've done was try to go Independent. I don't know if he ever did. I don't doubt that if he lucked out having a really strong writer, Frakes would be a very bankable name. As it is, he's kept himself steadily employed on lesser projects and through the convention circuit and he continues to be a very loved celebrity. So ... he hasn't really done too badly for himself, I suspect ...
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Old April 28 2014, 08:55 PM   #45
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Never understood the two takes label. So Sir Patrick, Dorn, Sirtis, McFadden, Burton, Spiner or himself when in shot never messed up their lines? lol.. Based on some Youtube videos, seems they needed more than two takes often than not.

That said I think even the episodes directed by him and not the films are the amongst the best in quality, and that's no coincidence IMO. I think though as Picard was the "star" (it's an ensemble show but then to many the Captain is the main character), he's naturally become a global actor.
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