Jonathan Frakes is all over Star Trek these days. In addition to directing episodes of Star Trek: Discovery and the upcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season two episode that will crossover with Star Trek: Lower Decks, he also continues to play the role of William T. Riker. This includes voiceover work on the aforementioned Lower Decks, where Riker is serving as Captain of the USS Titan as the ship battles against the machinations of the Pakleds, as well as live-action appearances featuring an older Riker on Star Trek: Picard’s first and upcoming third seasons.
It was his appearances on Lower Decks that led to the multi-talented Trek creator appearing on the commentary track for the second season episode “Kayshon, His Eyes Open,” which appears on the Lower Decks season two Blu-ray collection. Along with Frakes, Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty; Solar Opposites) and actor Jack Quaid (Ensign Bradward Boimler) appear on the track. It’s clear that all three men are huge fans of the Trek universe, which is what gets Frakes in trouble.
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When the subject of the USS Titan is raised, Frakes states, “The Titan is [bleep].” Whatever Frakes has to say about the ship that Riker is captaining during the Lower Decks era, it’s such a large spoiler that the statement had to be bleeped out of the commentary track.
Some chatter around the bleeped statements (another one is subsequently made) hints that whatever the nature of the Titan spoiler accidentally revealed by Frakes may be, it doesn’t concern Lower Decks… it concerns one of the other Star Trek shows.
A TITANic Spoiler?
Could Frakes have revealed that we’ll be seeing the Titan in live action when the third season of Star Trek: Picard arrives? The fan-favorite ship has been the subject of much speculation since it first made its canonical debut in the first season finale of Lower Decks, “No Small Parts.”
This isn’t the only hint about future episodes of non-Lower Decks shows revealed by the Lower Decks season two commentaries. In the track for “An Embarrassment of Dooplers,” McMahan reveals that the reason that Captain Thadiun Okona (originated by William O. Campbell in the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation) has an updated character design in his cameo appearance in Lower Decks relates to another Trek series. Could the young crew of the NX-Protostar have an outrageous encounter in their future?