In addition to showing off an extended scene from the show, creator Mike McMahan and the cast of Star Trek: Lower Decks spoke about their characters and what it’s like serving on the fictional USS Cerritos. It was a fun watch for Trek fans and a nice window into the people behind the voices of the show.
The Lower Decks panel starts at around the 45-minute mark of the Star Trek Universe panel. Watch below:
In attendance at the panel were: “Ensign Beckett Mariner” voiced by Tawny Newsome, “Ensign Brad Boimler” voiced by Jack Quaid, “Ensign Tendi” voiced by Noël Wells, and “Ensign Rutherford” voiced by Eugene Cordero, plus the ship’s bridge crew: “Captain Carol Freeman” voiced by Dawnn Lewis, “Commander Jack Ransom” voiced by Jerry O’Connell, “Lieutenant Shaxs” voiced by Fred Tatasciore, and “Doctor T’Ana: voiced by Gillian Vigman. Creator and Executive Producer Mike McMahan hosted.
Ensign Beckett Mariner
Tawny Newsome plays the (perhaps overly) confident Mariner: “She doesn’t always play by the rules even though she could because she’s good at things,” says Newsome. “It’s like when you’re the class clown because you’re ahead of the lesson in school.”
Ensign Brad Boimler
Jack Quaid says Boimler is “the ultimate Starfleet nerd.” Boimler follows every rule to the T. He probably records too many personal logs, but boy does he mean well.
Noël Wells describes Tendi as “the fresh eyes on the Cerritos.” She says that Tendi is “unflappable” and always optimistic—a bright-eyed new ensign joining the crew.
Eugene Cordero says that Rutherford is a (recent) cyborg who loves the fact that he is a cyborg. He’s a huge engineering nerd. Cordero says that Rutherford is “the guy you want on your trivia team talking about every single ship that’s ever been in the galaxy.”
Caitian Doctor T’Ana is the chief medical officer aboard the Cerritos. Gillian Vigman describes her as having an “extreme responsibility” to take care of everyone on board the ship, but notes that she is also basically a gruff alley cat with a bit of a harsh bedside manner.
Fred Tatasciore lends the perfect gruff voice to security chief Shaxs, who Tatasciore describes as “a Bajoran with a chip on his shoulder.” In some ways, says Tatasciore, Shaxs is terrible for security for his propensity to “shoot first, ask questions later,” but in the end, he kicks ass and gets the job done.
Commander Jack Ransom
Jerry O’Connell is the USS Cerritos’ “number one.” He describes Ransom as a man with a “pretty short fuse.”
“I don’t think he is the easiest person to work for,” says O’Connell, “but he does deeply care about Starfleet. He just does and says things I’m not sure we could get away with on other Star Trek shows!”
Captain Carol Freeman
Dawnn Lewis plays the captain of the Cerritos. Lewis says that Freeman is a woman who takes herself very seriously. “Captain Freeman is in charge,” says Lewis, “and she is going to let everyone know that she’s in charge.”
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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.
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