We are just hours away from the Thursday premiere of Star Trek: Lower Decks, which arrives just after midnight on Wednesday night (PT), or 3 AM ET. Our latest update has some more details on the show, a couple of new promos, more hope for international fans, our report from the virtual premiere, and a tie-in to Star Trek Online.
Legacy actors coming to Lower Decks
It has been hinted before, but in a new interview with Inverse, creator Mike McMahan confirmed we will be seeing some familiar faces (and actor voices) on Star Trek: Lower Decks:
“… we do have legacy actors who show up in the first season of Lower Decks and we have gotten to have a little bit of where are they now sort of vibe through a Lower Decks lens. “
UPDATE: New Clip
Designing the show to look “legit” and even make Klingons “cooler”
McMahan spoke to Animation Magazine about the design of the show, including making it fit both as Star Trek and TV animated series:
“We wanted the show to look like it would fit in a prime time animated comedy block, but it’s not scatological — it’s Star Trek. As an added nerdy element, all the sci-fi for the show needed to look legit and imbue the show with this sense of wonder. The humans needed to look relaxed and comforting, kind of like Matt Groening’s Life in Hell comics. So, the look of the show had to be a mixture of honest Star Trek fleet designs and broad, comedic, adult prime time animated visuals.”
The executive producer also discussed the process for the artists on the show:
“One of the great things about having our writers and art team work in the same office is that we were able to collaborate on many of the details of the show. For example, we all know what Klingons look like in the live-action show. But we tried to push that look beyond that guy-in-the-costume look, because we are animated. We can make Klingons look even cooler!”
UPDATED: New clips and more promos and promos
There is also a new clip on Twitter with some more new footage to promote the Thursday premiere.
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) August 5, 2020
They also put out these fun posters on Instagram.
Over the last few days CBS All Access has been releasing character animations for the ensigns of Lower Decks, with the final one coming yesterday, featuring Beckett Mariner.
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) August 4, 2020
More hope for international fans
There is still no official announcement regarding when and where fans outside the USA and Canada will be able to watch Lower Decks. In a recent update, we reported that Mike McMahan offered some hope that international fans shouldn’t worry. Now in an interview with the UK podcast How to Kill an Hour, McMahan offered even more hope, saying:
“I want everybody in the world to be able to see this show… And CBS wants all you to see it too… There are in the works, a way for you guys to be able to watch it… I don’t know the timeline.”
McMahan also explained why the announcement for international distribution has not been made, saying it was due to the release of Lower Decks unexpectedly moving forward two months. This makes sense as it was originally expected that Lower Decks would premiere after (and not before) the third season of Discovery. McMahan said the “juggling around of schedules” was because of the COVID pandemic. As we have been reporting, post-production on the third season of Star Trek: Discovery has been taking longer than expected due to the work being done remotely. Season three of Discovery will debut October 15, one week after the season one finale of Lower Decks.
Tuesday’s virtual premiere
Because of the world we live in, CBS All Access couldn’t do a traditional in-person premiere event in Hollywood as they have done for their other Star Trek series. So on Tuesday they held an online premiere for the press and invited attendees. They sent out a special box to the invited guests ahead of the premiere, which included popcorn, candy, and everything needed to make some cocktails for the after-party. There was even a mini red carpet to use on your desk.
— TrekMovie.com (@TrekMovie) August 4, 2020
The online premiere included a chat room, attended by the creatives and stars of the show, along with other Star Trek luminaries.
— TrekMovie.com (@TrekMovie) August 5, 2020
There was also a photo booth function.
— Jerry O'Connell (@MrJerryOC) August 5, 2020
To make the best of having a premiere by remote, Lower Decks voice actor Tawny Newsome simulated the red carpet event from her kitchen, along with interviews using the materials provided by CBS.
Add Lower Decks ensigns to your Star Trek Online crew
On Tuesday Star Trek Online brought the Lower Decks crew forward in time to 2411, the year the MMORPG is set. Players can now add the four ensigns from the show (Mariner, Boimler, Tendi, and Rutherford) to the duty roster of their ships. Each ensign has a different profession, traits, and “Active Roster Power,” which can add a little humor to your gaming.
TrekMovie review coming Thursday morning, with more coverage to follow
Look for the TrekMovie.com review of the premiere episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks on Thursday in the early morning hours. It will also be the focus for Friday’s episode of our new podcast: All Access Star Trek, The new podcast will continue every Friday with reviews of every episode of the first season of Lower Decks followed by reviews the third season of Discovery. The next episode of our long-running Shuttle Pod will also focus on the debut of Lower Decks, giving you full team coverage.
We will also be offering some more analysis of the new series and premiere episode here on the site and via social media. And we should have an interview or two coming up soon as well. So stay tuned to TrekMovie to keep up on everything you need for Lower Decks.
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