In addition to showrunner Mike McMahan talking to TrekMovie and others to promote the release of Star Trek: Lower Decks on Blu-ray, the man who gives Boimler his voice also did some interviews. We have curated some of the more interesting bits from Jack Quaid’s latest round of media.
Boimler’s life on the Titan is “intense”
Mike McMahan has already confirmed that season two of Lower Decks is going to pick things up right after the end of season one, with Brad Boimler on the USS Titan under the command of Captain William Riker (voiced by Jonathan Frakes). Jack Quaid told ScreenRant what it’s like for Brad to finally get his dream posting:
“Life on the Titan for Boimler is great. It’s everything he ever wanted… It’s interesting with Boimler on the Titan. It’s everything he ever wanted but he’s still Boimler, he doesn’t have much field experience, so it’s a little bit of a learning curve for him and a bit of adjustment. It was a really interesting thing to play and to record. ”
But when speaking to ComicBook.com, Quaid said:
“Boimler is on the Titan and he does have everything that he wants, but he remains very skittish and very freaked out. So it’s like be careful what you wish for a bit. It’s everything he ever wanted, but it’s very intense for him.”
The actor also talked to ScreenRant about how Brad is dealing with some complicated feelings after leaving Mariner and his friends on the Cerritos without saying goodbye:
“I think he jumped at the chance and wasn’t thinking about it. I’m sure it weighs on him. He left without saying goodbye. He just did it and jumped at the chance. I think he was just so excited that he wasn’t thinking. But in the back of his mind, he misses his friends. He realizes that he left unceremoniously and he feels bad about it for sure.”
Characters can be funny and grow too
Speaking to Inverse Quaid talked about how Lower Decks is more than just a comedy:
“You could easily write us off as ‘the funny Star Trek show,’ but I love that Mike [McMahan] and the writers made sure to make these people feel as real as possible. They grow, they change, they learn things about themselves, and they rank up – [or] they get demoted. I think you especially saw that in our Season 1 finale. Big events happen: I got transferred, and Shax died. We’re sticking to that, which is really, really interesting.”
The actor also explained his hopes for Boimler in season two:
“I would like to see him become a bit more confident, a little bit more self-assured. I’d like to see him in more terrifying situations and see how he gets out of them. It’s gonna be really cool to see him on the Titan because you’re seeing him in the element he thinks he should be in but it’s a different ship. He doesn’t have his old friends to back him up. Boimler on his own is really interesting and he learns a lot about himself. That’s what I want to see.
Pandemic recording is still fun
Star Trek: Lower Decks was able to quickly transition production to remote work during the pandemic, and even delivered the first season ahead of schedule; season two is ready to go in August. But Quaid did explain to ComicBook.com that there was a different dynamic between the two:
“The only downside of it being recorded during the pandemic is that in season one, I was able to actually record in the booth live with Tawny Newsome, which we didn’t get to do. I mean, she’s really busy as well right now. So we weren’t really able to join together, but it’s just been really, really fun. And even if it’s over Zoom, working with Mike McMahan and Brad Winters and the rest of the crew, it’s just always a joy. And I love playing Boimler. He’s just such a little goofball, and I love him so much. So it was a joy. It was awesome.”
— Jack Quaid (@JackQuaid92) October 23, 2020
Fanboying with Frakes
Even though Boimler has scenes with Riker, Quaid confirmed he hasn’t recorded with Jonathan Frakes, although he did get a chance to meet him in Toronto, when his The Boys co-star Karl Urban introduced them. And the meeting came with a surprise, as he explained to ScreenRant:
“I was a bit like Boimler because I was a really big fan and I was really nervous. He took one look at me and he was like, ‘Oh Jack! Of course! You come with me on my ship!’ He spoiled the end of season 1 for me before I’d even read the script. Mike McMahan had not told me the ending yet but Jonathan Frakes did. We got to know each other and he’s so nice and so cool. He’s just one of the most kind-hearted people I’ve ever met and it’s so cool to be joining him vocally on the ship. It’s really awesome.”
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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