In a new interview with TrekMovie, Jonathan Frakes spoke about the improvement in Star Trek: Discovery during the second season.
Frakes agrees with fans that the second season of Discovery was better than the first. When asked if Discovery has grown the beard, he agreed that it had.
“Oh, excellent question,” he said. “I do. And beautifully phrased I might add. There are few people who understand the importance in the Urban Dictionary of Riker’s Beard. I have had to explain it to some people and I am so proud of it. I think Discovery has done it and I think a lot of has to do—like on our show, we didn’t get there until the third season, even though I grew the beard — the settling in of both sides of the camera: the writing and the actors … The show feels to me like it is very much on the tracks now and running with real strength.”
Frakes considers a big part of success to the fleshing out of Michael Burnham. “One of the things that has been incredibly successful is how complicated Burnham’s backstory and history is, and continues to reveal,” he said. “A lot of it is Sonequa [Martin-Green]’s brilliance in seeing glimmers of it. That character is so complex and so complicated and so damaged and so intriguing and so intelligent, that has made that show for me. The casting of Sonequa to head the show was genius.
Frakes will direct two episodes of the third season; the third episode and then one later.