CBS All Access is gearing up for today's Star Trek Universe panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. The panel will be Star Trek's biggest ever at the annual event. With the panel about to get underway, CBS All Access confirmed that the name of Jean-Luc Picard's new dog in Star Trek: Picard is indeed Number One.
The name was first hinted at on the dog's tag, as seen on the new poster for Star Trek: Picard. The tag is in the shape of a Starfleet insignia, calling back to Picard’s former career as a Starfleet officer. Zooming in on the tag reveals “No. 1” inscribed into it.
The name is a reference to Picard’s nickname for his first officers, most notably Cmdr. Will Riker from their time serving aboard the Enterprise. It seems the pup is Picard’s new second-in-command.
But what about Picard’s old Number One? Jonathan Frakes, who played Riker, will be back, but this time he’s behind the camera directing two episodes of the new CBS All Access series.
"Eighteen years later. I think the fans are going to be thrilled and excited and surprised,” Frakes said when he revealed his involvement with the new series. “I have had the privilege of reading the first couple of episodes and I have spent some time with Patrick who is so engaged [laughs] Sorry. It’s wonderful. It’s smart. I’m excited about it. He is obviously more excited. His announcing of it at Las Vegas — which I believe was his idea —was very smart. You know he is 78, and he is going to be carrying the show on his shoulders, his considerable shoulders.
“I’m excited for him and personally, I feel so blessed to back,” he continued. “It’s so ironic that I spent so many years trying to expand where I was working and I was lucky enough to get onto other types of shows. The directing has been a mitzvah for me—to learn another craft. And now I am deeply ensconced in the world I was in 31 years ago—and I’ve got to say—incredibly grateful for it, between The Orville, and Discovery and Picard. And hopefully the Empress Georgiou show.”
Frakes has directed three episodes of Star Trek: Discovery so far -- one in the first season and two in the second season -- and is expected to return in the show's third season.0comments
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