In addition to speaking to Star Trek: Lower Decks showrunner Mike McMahan at the red carpet “block party” premiere, TrekMovie also had a chance to talk to members of the cast. Jerry O’Connell gave us a preview of what is in store for Commander Jack Ransom in season two.
So what’s new for Jack Ransom?
I’m really pleased to say that a lot of my storyline this season is with Mariner, with Tawny [Newsome]. I’m going to really push her as far as I can. And I think it’s because Commander Ransom sees real promise in Mariner. And Jack Ransom is all about Starfleet. He is by the book. He plays by the rules, as opposed to Mariner, who does not play by the rules. But he’s going to really push. It’s a fun season that I have with her.
Season one saw some awkward moments between Jack and Mariner, hinting at an attraction. So, will they or won’t they in season two?
I can’t give anything away, but we always love those possible romances happening near or around the bridge. I can’t say, but it’s fun to play that. Playing off of Tawny playing off of Jack. The cast that Mike and everybody’s put together, it is such a fun time. Our sessions where we go in, it really is fun. If you are a Trek fan, it’s just Trek humor, all the time.
We were trying to come up with a confusing word the other day–spoiler alert–it was semackulum? It was about my inability to pronounce it.
Simulacrum! Whatever it was, I couldn’t pronounce it. But we really played into it. It was great. It is a really, really fun show to work on. And I’m so glad that we already have our first season out because I think when we went to Comic-Con two years ago I think people–especially Trek fans–were very cautious of us. At least from the comments I read and the faces I saw at Comic-Con. The threats I endured, “You better not be insulting us!” But from what I’ve read, it’s been really well received.
We are a real homage to all things Trek. Especially when you talk to our boss, Mr. McMahan. And we’re in TNG era. We are a celebration of all things Trek. We are Starfleet. We are not outsiders making fun of Starfleet.
You have a unique situation, living with another Starfleet first officer [wife Rebecca Romijn of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds].
It’s crazy that I live in a household with not one but two number ones. And I got to tell you, it’s crazier. When Jonathan Frakes comes to our house, we’re cracking beers. And I just have to say, “Guys, take a look at this.” We’re three number ones hanging out right now. I mean, it’s crazy. All we need is Doug Jones. And then everything will be complete. Oh, wait, Doug Jones is a captain now… We need Mary [Wiseman]! Oh man, can you imagine that dinner?
I joke about it and I joke about my wife and I being number ones, and who is the better number one. But, it’s a real honor. It’s a real honor for our household to serve Starfleet.
Tawny told me that Mike and the writers have picked up on who she is and can write even better for her in season two. Do you see Jerry influencing Jack too?
You know, I’m so happy with how they write for Ransom. I don’t want to say that I’m affecting it.
Who can bench more?
I try to design my body to look like Ransom’s. I keep up with him. With animation, they can make everything look good, but I try to make sure that when we do the live-action Lower Decks that I’m good to rip my shirt off. I’m good to go. I’m really looking forward to the live-action Lower Decks.
This is not a spoiler alert. Nothing has happened. This is just me starting it with you. I am manifesting. I am doing The Secret right now.
Didn’t Rebecca and [Strange New Worlds co-showrunner] Akiva [Goldsman] joke during a panel that there should be a crossover?
There should be! I want to say the Cerritos doesn’t get the respect it deserves in Starfleet. And I want myself, Eugene [Cordero], Tawny, Jack [Quaid]… I want us to show all of Starfleet what we are made of, and that the Cerritos is quite possibly the most important ship in all of Starfleet.
So is Jack happy to be first officer and be like Riker and wait it out?
I think Ransom is a by-the-book person. When his time comes, he’ll be happy. He’s not… I mean, I wouldn’t mind running a ship. That would be fun. But I’m really enjoyed being a number one. I’m enjoying playing off at Dawnn Lewis, our captain. I don’t want to rush anything yet. When I’m ready, I’ll get my Titan.
More Lower Decks
Season two arrives on Thursday, August 12th, and we will have more interviews from the red carpet premiere coming up all week long. TrekMovie’s full recap and review will be posted on the site on Thursday, August 12th, which will be followed up with our regular Easter egg analysis. This Friday’s All Access Star Trek podcast will discuss the red carpet event and other interviews plus give a full review and discussion of the season two premiere.
Check out our other interviews from last week:
ICYMI: SDCC 2021 trailer
In case you missed it, here is the trailer released in late July.
Star Trek: Lower Decks season two arrives on Paramount+ in the USA and CTV in Canada Sci-Fi on Thursday, August 12th. It will be available internationally on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, August 13th, and in Latin America in September.
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