The information has been scant on the upcoming CBS All Access animated comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks since the first images and details were revealed at Comic-Con last summer. But CBS has finally released a couple more photos and the creator is dropping some more details.
New images and details from Star Trek: Lower Decks
This morning, Entertainment Weekly published the first looks at some new images from Lower Decks. The first shot is of an action scene with Captain Freeman (Dawnn Lewis) and Ensign Mariner (Tawny Newsome) on the front line, phasers drawn.
The above scene shows members of the bridge crew along with the four primary “lower decks” ensigns, who are the primary focus of the show. This looks to be a shot from inside the USS Cerritos (described as a “city-size starship”) with the crew possibly dealing with some kind of intruder, resulting in some of the characters getting covered in either oil—or in Boimler’s case—some kind of purple slime.
Creator Mike McMahan gave EW some more details on Captain Freeman:
“She is sort of trying to do this balancing act that all captains do, where they demand respect and are admired and trusted by the crew, but then they also kind of have to be the bad guy. And a thing we play with a lot is that the Lower Deckers don’t always get all the information they’re delegated to, but they don’t get to have a voice and they don’t get to know the context a lot of the time.”
The second image released features the four ensigns in a more relaxed moment.
It looks like the replicator on the USS Cerritos makes a good margarita. McMahan explains how the show balances the bridge crew plot stories with the character stories of the Lower Decks ensigns:
“The big stories are happening in the bridge crew and there’s more kind of social-emotional stories happening to the Lower Deckers. So it’s like their job and the world they’re in get affected by these sci-fi stories. But the funny thing too is that whatever menial job you have to do in Star Trek, it might be something that they do every day, but it’s still sort of a fascinating look into stuff that happens onboard that haven’t been highlighted in another series. So instead of being on the turbolift — the elevators in Trek — our guys are repairing the turbolift. We also spend a lot of time in the bar. You’ll also see the Lower Deckers go on away missions doing things that the bridge crew doesn’t have to deal with.”
Star Trek: Lower Decks is set in the TNG era, shortly after the film Star Trek: Nemesis. While not coming out and confirming it, McMahan hints to EW that we Lower Decks will not shy away from drop-ins:
“There are a lot of recognizable characters in the galaxy at that point. Next Gen is my favorite era. And as a huge Trek fan, I would definitely want to try to use some of them so that I could not only build out the world, but also work with some of my heroes. But I can’t get more specific than that. You’ll have to wait and see.”
The Entertainment Weekly article is the first significant promotional effort from CBS about Lower Decks since last summer. This could mean that we could see more soon. We still don’t have a release date beyond the info that the first season is expected to arrive sometime in 2020, and we are still waiting for the first trailer.
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