The first season is behind us, but work on the second season of Star Trek: Lower Decks has been underway for a while. Creator and showrunner Mike McMahan has conducted some post-season finale interviews, where he dropped some more hints about where the animated series is headed next. Be warned for SPOILERS.
Ramsey is Mariner’s ex
Speaking to Variety Mike McMahan referred to the character Captain Amina Ramsey (introduced in “Much Ado About Boimler”) as Mariner’s “close friend, confidant, and probably lover from the Academy days.” When asked to clarify, McMahan confirmed the character is intended to be Mariner’s former lover:
Yeah. We weren’t explicit about it, because most of the relationships in this show are familial or friendship love. It’s not physical love. That character showing up, the story we’re telling about them has nothing to do with any previous relationships they’ve had. For me and for the writers as we were making this, we didn’t intentionally mean for anybody to be strictly heteronormative or straight or cis. Every Starfleet officer is probably at the baseline bisexual, in a way. That being said, I am not the most amazing person at writing those kind of stories. I think we get a little bit better about it in the second season.
He then confirmed this area of sexuality will be something they will be addressing in season two:
It is. It’s something I think we need to be better about. If there’s anything I can say about inclusiveness — whether it’s about sex or gender or race or anything — is that I know that I can always learn more and be better about it, and I’m always trying to do that. This is one of those cases where we could have done a better job of explicitly stating the things that the writers always knew about Mariner. It seeps in there in little ways, which even irritates me even more, like you start off the season with Mariner saying, “Whoa, she’s like the hottest girl on the ship, are you nervous?” — that’s one of her first lines. That doesn’t put a stake in the ground, which I wish we had done a little bit more explicitly. It’s always a learning experience. We’re going to be trying to be better about it. And we are more explicit about it in the second season.
Riker will be back, and probably more TNG cameos
Speaking to StarTrek.com McMahan talked about plans for Jonathan Frakes to return in season two as Riker:
Definitely we’ll be seeing Riker again. I mean, Boimler’s on the Titan. Next season when we come back, there [won’t be] a big time jump. Boimler is serving on the Titan. That’s something that he talked about all season one, and we’re going to see sort of what it’s like for him to work on that ship. And then we’re going to see what it’s like to work on the Cerritos without him.
However, he also indicated that Marina Sirtis may not be reprising her role as Troi:
The stories that are on Titan are really more revolving around Riker and Boimler. However, I loved Marina and we loved working with her first season. The stories didn’t go that way, but I definitely need to get her back, because she was a blast to work with.
But when asked by Variety if there will be more TNG cameos in season two, McMahan hinted there would be:
I would say, feels like a pretty good chance of it.
A new security officer
McMahan revealed some more details to StarTrek.com about Shaxs’ replacement for season two:
We have a very awesome new head of security. I love Shax and those are very big boots to fill, and the person that replaces Shax is completely unlike Shax, but they’re a member of Starfleet. It really pains me that we’ve lost Shax, but I think the person who will be heading security will be somebody that fans are really interested in.
Boimler may be trying out some new uniforms
McMahan talked to Inverse about the different uniforms seen in Lower Decks, and in Star Trek in general:
Even in TNG, the uniforms change, every year. The real-world answer [for the changes] is, the costumers got better and the uniforms got better-looking. But there are really great ways in-universe to discuss that. So, if I get a few more seasons on this, that will be something, because I really want to do an episode where they’re testing new uniforms on Boimler.
He also confirmed that we shouldn’t expect the Starfleet uniforms seen in Star Trek: Picard to show up any time soon on Lower Decks:
Those [Star Trek: Picard Starfleet] uniforms won’t trickle down to our level of guys for years. It’s a big fleet.
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