More details are emerging about the upcoming CBS All Access animated comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks.
Finding comedy in Star Trek without breaking Star Trek
Lower Decks creator (and Rick and Morty alumnus) Mike McMahan has been out promoting his other new sci-fi series, Solar Opposites. We recently reported on his explanation of how setting Lower Decks in the era shortly after Star Trek: Nemesis fits into Star Trek canon. In a new interview with Slashfilm, McMahan has provided some more details on the characters, starting with his general approach:
A big thing that was important to me was figuring out how do we comedically access these characters. How can these characters be funny and not break Star Trek? You can’t have a Morty [from Rick and Morty] in Star Trek. You can’t just have a stupid person in Starfleet, otherwise it breaks the aspirational paradigm of what humanity is like in Starfleet. So our leads are foils for each other, but they’re very much ingrained in Star Trek.
More details on Ensigns Mariner and Boimler
The show will follow four different “lower decks” crewmembers on the USS Cerritos. The two most prominent will be Ensign Mariner (voiced by Tawny Newsome) and Ensign Boimler (voiced by Jack Quaid). McMahan offered some more details on both:
You have Ensign Beckett Mariner, who is sort of like our Tom Cruise/Maverick, where she’s amazing at Starfleet stuff, and she’s incredibly knowledgeable, but she just hates following the rules and she bristles at the military structure. She wants to do whatever she wants. She’s kind of like Captain Kirk if Kirk wasn’t a captain and didn’t have the power. Kirk would follow his gut, and she follows her gut.
Then, Ensign Brad Boimler also knows everything about sci-fi stuff, and is also an amazing Starfleet crew member, but he’s so by-the-book and so burdened by following the rules that he can’t follow his gut. So the comedic friction there is that they both want the same thing, they’re both good at this stuff, but emotionally — and from a human level — they’re completely different about how they do it.
Some more info on both the four Lower Decks ensigns and the bridge crew characters was revealed at a SDCC panel last year.
The new Slashfilm interview didn’t specify when Lower Decks will be released, which is still said to be sometime this year.
Keep up on all the Star Trek: Lower Decks news here at TrekMovie.com.