While his role as Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation might be his most prominent acting credit, Jonathan Frakes' time as the host of Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction is quickly gaining in popularity.
Recently, the internet got a huge giggle out of a compilation video of Frakes telling you how wrong you are for 47 seconds straight. There's something to his smug demeanor that is too funny to ignore.
Now he's back to ask you a question.
Can you handle a random interrogation?
I made this for no one and no reason. Plz Enjoy.... "Jonathan Frakes Asks You Things" https://t.co/A7Wt5MXP39— Zane Golia (@Zane Golia)1560272121.0
The cut was put together by Twitter user Zane Golia for, as he puts it, "no one and no reason." And it's somehow just as entertaining as the original video.
Unlike the previous supercuts, which were pulled from Frakes telling you how stories end, these ones are from the introductions, setting you up for the possibly real or fake stories.
Some fit very well with what you imagine a series trying to trick you with implausibly real would ask, such as:
"Do you believe in the power of a curse?"
"How superstitious are you?"
Others feel a lot more out of place, particularly because the set is such a contrast to the image Frakes provides.
While a dimly lit, fog filled room is nice and mysterious, it becomes ridiculous when paired with props and an odd question.
This is truly a golden age for Jonathan Frakes-related Twitter material. https://t.co/Uvf7O99ol5— Dan Murrell (@Dan Murrell)1560321760.0
"I wh? no? what? no? Wh? idunno? John? What? John? John! JOHN SL-S SLOW DOWN JOHN!" https://t.co/i5z78yQ6UD— Amon26 (@Amon26)1560305777.0
Surprisingly, these videos work because of how formulaic the original show was.
Beyond Belief set up five stories, connected by some kind of theme or moral. After the stories are told, Frakes would inform you which stories were true and which were false.
This formula is what makes these videos so entertaining. The repetitive nature of his questions, or telling you how wrong you are, brings out patterns and an almost hypnotic cadence broken up by different or longer phrases.
In the case of questions, sometimes they can be useful too.
Jonathan Frakes’ icebreakers https://t.co/xStYTp0Ger— Peter Natale (@Peter Natale)1560307697.0
"Have you ever gone mountain biking? Would you display this as a trophy? Do you believe in the power of a curse? Ha… https://t.co/Fcs8admYum— Andrew Bundy (@Andrew Bundy)1560311325.0
Every time there's a BEYOND BELIEF supercut, it's my favorite day on Twitter. https://t.co/aOBZaWRiZY— Nat of the Demons (@Nat of the Demons)1560307760.0
“If you start to get anxiety on your first date, just ask whatever comes to mind first” Me: https://t.co/moOZY1Opx8— Trevor Richards (@Trevor Richards)1560343239.0
It's not just the pattern that makes this so entertaining, however.
The outlandish nature of some of the questions when pulled out of context and put right next to each other displays the strangeness of the show.
One moment, Frakes is asking how much money it'd take for you to consider sleeping in a graveyard, the next, he's asking if you like to go "a-wanderin' beneath the clear blue sky."
The music only adds to the effect, as the mesmerizing tune backs each question, drawing you into the madness.
Despite knowing the premise for the series and having watched plenty of episodes back in the day, I'm still forced to ask my own question.
What even is this show?
when you have to do bad cop good cop but the good cop is 15 minutes late and the bad cop has to stall for time https://t.co/c0tKgjngWE— A Bold Move (@A Bold Move)1560302889.0
Ideal job interview questions. Bring it on. https://t.co/UzS81gSkzT— SCREAM CAT 🚀 (@SCREAM CAT 🚀)1560309491.0
Luckily, this question has an answer.
I don't know why, but this is *incredibly* delightful. https://t.co/h7xI4gD04S— ML Brennan (@ML Brennan)1560370586.0
i live for these riker supercuts https://t.co/drnAuVWwCm— maggie serota (@maggie serota)1560298617.0
The “do you love to go-a wanderin beneath the clear blue sky” breaks me every time https://t.co/grIun0Jslb— lauren (@lauren)1560394303.0
And of course, these situations are made all the better if you do so in a dimly lit, lightly fogged room, while ominous music plays in the background.