The first trailer for Star Trek Lower Decks has arrived and it looks to take us boldly where no Star Trek series has ever been before – the realm of animated comedy.
Usually, on Star Trek as a whole, the focus is on the bridge crew of any Starfleet and a small assortment of department heads in sections like the sick bay or engineering. However, we always know there is the rest of the ship’s complement working behind those officers to actually do the more menial tasks. We also know some of those tasks are probably not the most desirable to take on.
You may be living on a Galaxy Class starship with bio-neural circuitry, but someone has to work in waste extraction, right?
This is the premise Star Trek Lower Decks is built on, and judging by the trailer it is more akin to Rick and Morty than The Next Generation or Voyager, and with good reason. The producer of Lower Decks – Mike McMahan – also produced Rick and Morty, in addition to writing some of the episodes of that series, and he was also a production assistant on two more cult animated adult TV shows: South Park and Drawn Together.
Here, Mcmahan has brought together ensigns Boimler, Mariner, Rutherford, and Tendi, as they both explore space and perform clean up duty in the holodecks. An animated series about people just doing chores would be boring, but going by the trailer, there will be a large dose of humour brought into the mix as they find their way onboard the U.S.S. Cerritos.
Our lower-ranked heroes also seem to stumble into the bigger frays often enough, as they are seen brandishing phasers against alien threats and fighting for their fellow crew when they get injured.
Star Trek has a tradition of letting the characters of its main players shape the different series under the Star Trek banner and does this by having a rich diversity in its ranks, allowing for varied types of scripts to be written based on the personalities of its crew. Lower Decks may be more comedic in tone than any Star Trek that has come before it, but that tradition continues. The ensigns all have varied goals and personality quirks; one wants to be a Starfleet captain; another adjusting to a biomechanical organ; one being a rule breaker – or just a newly-minted ensign generally – excited to finally explore space on a starship.
Star Trek Lower Decks will premiere 6th of August on C.B.S. All Access and it is assumed that viewers unable to watch it on that service will be able to see it elsewhere in the near future, be it via another streaming service like Netflix, or perhaps the ViacomCBS channel in places like the UK.
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