Star Trek’s first foray into animated comedy is expected to arrive on CBS All Access sometime this year. Now one of the stars of Star Trek: Lower Decks is talking a little about what we can expect, and the show’s creator has provided an update on progress and a hint at guest casting.
The voice behind Ensign Boimler talks Lower Decks humor
Actor Jack Quaid is one of the lead voice actors for Lower Decks, playing the role of Ensign Boimler. While speaking to Gold Derby promoting the Amazon superhero show The Boys, Quaid also talked a little about the new Star Trek show, including characterizing who the show was for:
The show is super funny but it is definitely still “Star Trek.” If you are a huge “Star Trek” nerd…you’re gonna get a lot of the references and a lot of the deep cut jokes, but I think even if you’re new to it, I think it’s something really cool to introduce you to the “Star Trek” universe as well…It’s a super funny show, it is a comedy, it’s animated but it is definitely still “Star Trek,” which is awesome.
Recently when describing Quaid’s Lower Decks character, creator Mike McMahan said Boimler is “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.” According to McMahan, this allows for “comedic friction” with the other lead character, Ensign Mariner (voiced by Tawny Newsome), adding, “Our leads are foils for each other, but they’re very much ingrained in Star Trek.”
Quaid also told Gold Derby he has been studying Star Trek: The Next Generation:
Me speaking personally, I didn’t know a ton about it when I got cast. I had seen the J.J. Abrams movies but now I’m into it. I’m watching “Next Generation” now in quarantine ‘cause I realized I have to do my research on this, this is like a world, and I’m loving it. I always considered myself a huge “Star Wars” fan and now Star Trek’s coming up. They’re about equal now.
Lower Decks has a close association with The Next Generation: The show is set the TNG era, shortly after the film Star Trek: Nemesis. Mike McMahan is a huge TNG fan. Before he began writing for the hit animated sci-fi comedy Rick and Morty, McMahan was creating Star Trek comedy on his parody Twitter account @tng_s8, which led to his book Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season.
Working on season 2 with Paul F. Tompkins landing a part on Twitter
The interview with Jack Quaid didn’t have any new information on the release of Lower Decks, but the actor told Gold Derby, “I’ve recorded most of my stuff for it.” In May, Mike McMahan stated that progress on Lower Decks has not been negatively impacted by the coronavirus lockdown thanks to remote working, and he expects the first season to arrive on CBS All Access this year, as planned.
When the show was first revealed, CBS announced they ordered two seasons of the animated comedy. A new update came on Twitter inside a thread started by Tawny Newsome, where a fan asked if her podcasting friend Paul F. Tompkins (who voices Mr. Peanubutter on BoJack Horseman) might show up to play an alien. Tompkins jumped into the thread to make it clear he was all for the idea. This resulted in McMahan telling Tompkins to expect a call from Lower Decks casting. The executive producer also revealed that the team was currently working on season two.
Haha well consider yourself an alien! I’ll have our casting folks resch out for the season 2 eps we’re working on right now. Thanks, @andyfark!
— Mike McMahan (@MikeMcMahanTM) June 7, 2020
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