With last week’s release of Star Trek: Lower Decks on Blu-ray, creator and showrunner Mike McMahan has been doing the rounds. In addition to his interview with TrekMovie, Mike spoke to a few other outlets and we have curated some of the more interesting tidbits.
Season two will pick right up with season one’s cliffhangers
“These last three episodes created this crescendo of, ‘Look, this is what the show is. Let’s go. And we keep that up. That’s what the beginning of Season 2 feels like. [It] is talking about those things. How does Mariner feel about Boimler taking off? How is Boimler doing on the Titan? What stories are we telling there? So, [we’re] still doing standalone, still episodes that feel episodic, but the characters don’t forget. We haven’t forgotten what we’ve said [in] Season 1.”
And speaking to Screenrant offered a few more details on how season two will deal with the issues left over from season one:
We’ve got Rutherford’s memory issues, we’ve got Mariner and her mom working together, we’ve got the Pakleds being a real threat out in the world, we’ve got Tendi worried about her friends not remembering her from the first season and what does that mean for their friendship. And we’ve got Boimler on the Titan! That’s not the Cerritos. The Titan is a whole different beast and what does that mean for our Boimy Boims? You know, he’s not with Mariner or Rutherford or Tendi and what is that new group like over there? How is he experiencing it and how are our other Lower Deckers experiencing him not being there?All that stuff is how we wrote season 2. It’s very funny.
Exploring the ensigns in season two… and three
In April along with the release of the season two trailer, Paramount+ announced Lower Decks had been picked up for a third season. Speaking to Decider McMahan talked about how the team is exploring his core four ensign characters in upcoming seasons:
We’ve written season two… Where we go with all of our characters is really interesting to me it, it really leans into “Who am I in Starfleet? I’m an ensign. But where am I going to end up?” All four of our leads, we’re writing season three right now and exploring who they are and how they’re becoming the people they are, is really the most exciting thing about this show because it’s one of the few things we haven’t seen in Star Trek. Starting from one of the lower levels. I know, ensign isn’t the lowest. It’s not the last one… But truly focusing on four different people with four different paths… I know where I want them to end up. Let’s watch together how they get there. It’s really fun to watch happen.
Unexpected character cameos coming… still struggling with Wesley
Season one of Lower Decks featured a few familiar characters popping in, including Wil Riker, Deanna Troi, and Q. And speaking to Screenrant, McMahan promises there are “some amazing legacy cameos” coming up, but he also indicated there could be deeper cuts from Trek canon:
I find that if I utilize people that you don’t expect to have on the show it ends up feeling more earned, more fun, more surprising. So there are some legacy guest roles in the second season and in the third season as well but I think it’s people you’re not going to expect when you get them.
When the show premiered last year McMahan talked about how one character he wanted to bring into the show was Wesley Crusher, but he struggled with the issue that the character was “off with The Traveler.” In his latest TrekMovie interview, Wil Wheaton said he would do the show “in a heartbeat” and had a few “headcanon” ideas himself. But it seems McMahan still hasn’t sorted out a way to make it work, telling Cinemablend:
I just love Wil Wheaton and I love that character and I would love to find a way to not step on what exists with that character. That’s one of the things where I just feel like I need more of a confidence to educate myself more about what the appropriate way to tackle that would be. For the most part we treat TNG, Deep Space Nine, all the series, Voyager. It’s more fun to treat them as the rule books of the stuff that we are honoring and not changing. As we grow [Star Trek: Lower Decks], we have to be even more careful than ever before to not change stuff or retcon stuff. You know like, Beverly Crusher falling in love with a candle, that’s good for us! That’s helpful for us. You don’t want to change that stuff, you know? So yeah I think just figuring out Wes of it all is still the thing I just need to wrap my head around and figure out how to do right.
Star Trek: O’Brien? Why not?
One of the more memorable gags in the episode “Temporal Edict” was a glimpse at a far future where Chief Miles O’Brien was being revered as “perhaps the most important in Starfleet history.” McMahan offered some insights into this moment with IGN:
“I think [in that scene] we’re who-knows-how-far-off and we tried to make a point of when you see that, you think they’re going to say Picard,” laughs McMahan. “But then when you see O’Brien, your first thought is, ‘Ha, not Picard.’ Your second thought is, ‘I could have seen this because O’Brien rules… There’s a bunch of easy ways to make O’Brien the hallowed figure of all the Starfleet,” he continues. “History decides who you remember, not who history wants you to remember. And I think that we’re far enough in the future that Star Trek is flexible, there’s timelines, there’s all sorts of stuff. The headline for me is you could give any Star Trek character their own show and you could make a great show out of it.”
Lower Decks home release out now
The first season of Star Trek: Lower Decks is now available on home media, check out TrekMovie’s review for more details. You can pick up the Blu-ray edition at Amazon for $24.96. The limited-edition Steelbook Blu-ray set can be ordered at Amazon for $29.99. And the DVD edition can be ordered at Amazon for $16.66.
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