Once again it is time for the TrekMovie tradition of taking a deep dive into the latest trailer, this time for the first good look at Star Trek: Lower Decks. This analysis is mostly based on information known about the show, along with educated guesses for some of the new elements.
The “lower deckers”
The main characters in Star Trek: Lower Decks are the four ensigns who work the “lower decks” of the USS Cerritos.
Boimler and Mariner
The trailer starts off with the two who will be most prominent, Ensign Beckett Mariner (voiced by Tawny Newsome) and Ensign Brad Boimler (voiced by Jack Quaid), showing the pair already has a bit of a bickering brother/sister dynamic going. Boimler seems to have his head in the clouds with dreams of advancement, while Mariner is just doing what she can to keep moving forward, hazing Boimler along the way.
Tendi and Rutherford
The trailer also shows us Ensign Tendi, a wide-eyed Orion who is assigned to the medical bay.
The final lower decker is Ensign Rutherford (voiced by Eugene Cordero), an engineer with a cybernetic implant.
The bridge crew
While Lower Decks will focus on foibles of the ensigns, the show will still have traditional Star Trek plots and challenges, the focus of the senior officers of the USS Cerritos. The trailer gave us a glimpse into each of them.
The captain and first officer
Based on the trailer, Captain Carol Freeman (voiced by Dawnn Lewis) appears to be a skilled, no-nonsense Starfleet leader. Based on our first impression, she seems to have a Picard and Janeway vibe.
Freeman’s first officer, Commander Jack Ransom (voiced by Jerry O’Connell). is clearly the more action-oriented of the pair, coming from the Kirk and Riker school of Starfleet leader—which of course includes losing his shirt.
Security chief and doctor
Security on the USS Cerritos is handled by Lieutenant Shaxs (voiced by Fred Tatasciore), a tough Bajoran veteran. We see him showing an interest in Ensign Rutherford, impressed with his ability to take on a number of Borg in what looks like a training exercise.
Every Star Trek show needs a doctor, and the USS Cerritos’ Chief Medical Officer is Doctor T’Ana (voiced by Gillian Vigman), who is a Caitian, like M’Ress from Star Trek: The Animated Series. However T’Ana seems to be less indoor cat and more alley cat, with a bit of Doctor Pulaski’s bedside manner.
The Lower Decks dynamic
Various moments in the trailer show you the core of the show: the young ensigns doing the dirty work on the ship, dealing with the clique of upper officers.
Exploring new life and new civilizations
The mission of the USS Cerritos is second contacts—that’s SECOND contact, after the cool ships like the USS Enterprise do the much more important FIRST contacts. This will involve the crew frequently meeting up with new alien species. We saw some of that in the trailer.
The trailer also showed that with Star Trek, there can be all sorts of challenges and problems right back at home onboard the ship.
The USS Cerritos
In Star Trek, the ship is also an important character and the trailer gave us the closest look yet to the USS Cerritos, a California-class ship
The ship’s main saucer is reminiscent of the TNG-era Galaxy-class USS Enterprise-D, but without the stardrive secondary hull. While this design is similar to the Nebula-class, the Cerritos’ warp nacelles are attached via elongated pylons, not unlike those of the refit of the original USS Enterprise. Its profile also bears some resemblance to the Oberth-class (the most well-known example being the USS Grissom in Star Trek III).
And in case you were wondering, the registry of the ship is NCC-75567.
The Cerritos interior also seems to conform with 24th-century Federation designs like those of the USS Enterprise and USS Voyager. The trailer showed us some familiar starship locations.
We also got a look at the ship’s schematics, which have a couple of interesting details, like Argo buggies in the shuttle bay.
We also saw some of the ship’s shuttlecraft in the trailer, which looks a lot like the Type 8 shuttle used a few times on Voyager.
Set 1 year after Nemesis, checks out
Boimler cites the Stardate as 57436.2, which can also be seen on Mariner’s PADD. The show is set in the year 2380, one year after Star Trek: Nemesis, which was Stardate 56844.9, so the date on the pad checks out.
The trailer also showed us the Lower Decks animated versions of some more familiar Star Trek technologies.
A new bit of tech was the POV from Rutherford’s cybernetics, which helped him take on all those Borg.
More Uniforms and outfits
In addition to the standard Starfleet uniform seen on most officers in the trailer, there were some additional outfits if you looked closely.
One shot of Ensign Boimler is getting a lot of attention, not for his outfit but his lack of one. With the shot of the Romulans above and this first bit of full-frontal in Star Trek; is it possible the USS Cerritos borrowed the black bar generator from Futurama?
What did you notice?
Anything else from the trailer catch your eye? Let us know in the comments below.
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