We didn’t think it was coming until the Comic-Con panel next week, but on Sunday CBS surprised us with the release of the first trailer for Star Trek: Lower Decks, the new animated comedy headed to CBS All Access on August 6th. We have the new images they released today, plus a couple more Lower Decks updates.
The first new image shows the four main “lower decks” ensigns, who will be the focus of the show. It shows Rutherford, Tendi, Mariner, and Boimler sharing a moment in what looks to be a bar or lounge, possibly on board the USS Cerritos.
The second image just features Rutherford, the cyborg engineer.
CBS also tweeted this new animated promo today.
— Star Trek on CBS All Access (@startrekcbs) July 16, 2020
Too much LDS in the 2020s
For decades, fans and official Star Trek have used three-letter abbreviations unique to each show, such as TOS for The Original Series, VOY for Voyager, and so on. Star Trek: Lower Decks should be no different, and now there is definitive word on what that abbreviation will be: LDS. The official word comes from CBS Consumer Products executive John Van Citters in response to TrekMovie contributor Aaron Harvey on Twitter. Van Citters says he conferred with Lower Decks creator and executive producer Mike McMahan on this very important abbreviation question.
Per the combined powers of myself, @MikeMcMahanTM and the glory of Kirk and Spock, it is LDS.
— John Van Citters (@jvancitters) July 13, 2020
Van Citters is referring to the funny, iconic scene in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, where Kirk is explaining the oddness of Mr. Spock to the 1980s sensibility of Dr. Gillian Taylor by saying, “He’s harmless. Back in the sixties, he was part of the free speech movement at Berkeley. I think he did a little too much LDS,” mistaking the drug LSD for “LDS.” Now that joke will live on in the abbreviation of the first Star Trek comedy series, Lower Decks.
The official Star Trek store is jumping on the Lower Decks hype train, rolling out some new branded merchandise. Well, maybe not a train—more like a single car. The shop is currently only offering a Lower Decks T-shirt for $19.95 and a Lower Decks coffee mug for $14.95, but it’s a start. You can get both the shirt and the coffee mug in any color you want, as long as it is black.
ICYMI: The Trailer
And check out our way-too-detailed analysis of the trailer with over 70 screencaps to spot all the Easter eggs and more.
Lower Decks coming on August 6th
The new half-hour animated comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks will premiere on Thursday, August 6 on CBS All Access. Following the premiere, new episodes of the series’ 10-episode first season will be available to stream weekly on Thursdays, exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers in the U.S.
Lower Decks will also air on August 6th in Canada on CTV Sci-Fi Channel and be available to stream in Canada on Crave. It has not yet been announced where and when Lower Decks will be available outside of the USA and Canada.
Keep up on all the Star Trek: Lower Decks news here at TrekMovie.com.