The creation of the new Star Trek: Lower Decks series has been coming after a long time. Ever since the cancellation of Enterprise in 2005, Trekkies have been clamouring for more adventures aboard the lower decks of Starfleet’s vessels. After over a decade-long wait, that dream will finally become a reality with the release of Lower Decks’ first 3 episodes on Sunday, October 6th.
The series was announced in January of this year at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention, much to the delight of longtime fans who have been clamouring for an animated series. Airing on CBS All Access, Lower Decks is one of six new series premiering this fall and the first new Star Trek project since the 2013 film, Star Trek: Into Darkness.
Released Date: August 25, 2022
Country: United States
IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
Cast And Crew :
Created by: Mike McMahan
Based on: Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry
- Tawny Newsome as Beckett Mariner
- Jack Quaid as Brad Boiler and William Boiler
- Noël Wells as D’Vana Tendi
- Eugene Cordero as Sam Rutherford and Red Rutherford
- Dawnn Lewis as Carol Freeman
- Jerry O’Connell as Jack Ransom
- Fred Tatasciore as Shaxs
- Gillian Vigman as T’Ana
What is the series about?
The series is about the support staff serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos, who have to keep up with their duties, often while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies. The pilot episode will follow a young ensign as he attempts to complete a mission on his own while dealing with an impending attack from a Klingon battlecruiser and a mysterious alien intruder. The story itself represents an interesting twist on Star Trek canon: it focuses on support crew members who have been largely overlooked in the franchise’s history books, rather than major characters like Captain Kirk and Commander Spock.
What makes this animated series interesting to watch?
The animation and art style are what make the series stand out and make it feel different from other animated series out there. I feel like my brain isn’t being overloaded with the same old Star Trek faces or costumes. I’m excited to check this series out on CBS All Access because I know that the quality of animation and art will be high, while still being faithful to the main shows and movies.
What are the highlights?
One of my favourite aspects of Lower Decks is that it gives us a much closer look at a certain group of characters who are often seen at minimum in most episodes (i.e. communications staff). The episode we’re getting for the first episode of the series, “Anomaly,” is probably my favourite out of all three episodes so far. The plot follows a young ensign who must prevent a Klingon battlecruiser from capturing a mysterious alien intruder. He solves his problems by remembering that his mother taught him to use his brain when he was a kid.
Why should you watch it?
If you are a Star Trek fan, I would recommend checking this series out. It’s worth checking out if you want an intimate look at different characters who aren’t featured as heavily in the original series. And if you’re not into classic sci-fi or don’t feel like watching a full 20-minute episode, three episodes from this show will only make up one episode (hence, Lower Decks).
This series seems to be getting a lot of buzzes. Why do you think that is?
Lower Decks is an animated Star Trek: TNG-style series The series is one of the best animated Trek offerings to date. For those who are new to science fiction and aren’t familiar with either Star Trek or animation in general, this show will be easy to latch onto because it is formatted as an animated version of the original TNG pilot episode “Encounter at Farpoint.
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