On Thursday afternoon Star Trek: Lower Decks executive producer Mike McMahan participated in a virtual panel, and they brought along a clip from next week’s episode. You can see all of it below.
Lower Decks at the Metaverse
The creative team behind Star Trek: Lower Decks did a Q&A today with ReedPop’s Metaverse. Creator Mike McMahan was joined by supervising director Barry Kelly, writer M. Willis, and character designer Marisa Livingston.
The panel started off with the first look at the cold open for episode three, which will stream next Thursday. You can watch the full panel below. The clip starts at the 3:38 mark.
Keeping it TNG, wishing they could include T’Pol and Wesley
During the panel, Mike and his team discussed their backgrounds and how they got involved in Lower Decks, as well as their approach to making sure the show remains “diligent and respectful to the franchise.”
McMahan and his supervising producer talked about how they craft elements of the show as a standard Star Trek series, and then allow the humor to stand on its own…
- Supervising director Barry Kelly said he designs shots to fit with the style of TNG, adding “It’s only going to make the comedy funnier the more serious I take the sci-fi. “
- McMahan revealed the score is being recorded just like Star Trek: Discovery, with musicians individually recording at home.
- On the approach to the score, McMahan stated “The music doesn’t get to think it’s a comedy. The music thinks this is a 40-minute dramatic episode of Star Trek. The characters end up doing funny things.”
- Some plotlines have been rejected as being too dark or nihilistic, in order to keep the tone in line with Star Trek: The Next Generation.
McMahan also teased some elements for the rest of season one:
- Re-confirmed familiar guest stars will appear in season one.
- There will be a holodeck malfunction episode with “a sinister character.”
- There will be a trial episode, calling it the Lower Decks version of TNG’s “Measure of a Man.”
- Says there are more Lower Decks episodes with straight parallels to previous Star Trek episodes, saying they are “playing the greatest hits.”
- Said his favorite parts of season one are in the second half, calling it “wild,” with the last three episodes being “insane” with “lots of action.”
There were also some discussions about how the team’s focus on keeping the show within canon has limited some of the things they wanted to do. In particular, McMahan revealed he wanted to include Star Trek: Enterprise character T’Pol, but felt even though Vulcans can live long lives, she would be too old or dead by 2380. He also indicated he wanted to bring in Wesley Crusher, saying “There’s a character that’s off with The Traveler that I really wish wasn’t, so we could utilize that character.”
As for the status of production, McMahan revealed he is currently writing the finale for season two.
Episode 3 trailer
Today CBS also released a trailer for the episode, which for now can only be seen on the official site.
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