In a new interview with Rebecca Kaplan at Geek Girl Authority, Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan talked about a number of fun topics, plus he gave a few little hints about season 3 and the status of production of the new episodes.
Season 3 “rules”
McMahan gave an update on where the team is in the production process and how they tried to make season three surprising:
We’re shipping animatics for season three right now, so you should be seeing it around the same time next year as last year… Although now that there’s been a pandemic, nothing is for certain.
I think season three just rules. I would say, don’t try to predict what you’re gonna see, because we really try and surprise you!
Season two of Lower Decks premiered in August this year, so based on his comments it seems we can expect the next season around the same time in 2022.
Mariner and Jennifer are dating, but don’t expect it to steal focus
Mariner has had a sort of love-hate relationship with Andorian Jennifer since early in season 1, but by the end of the second season, Beckett had warmed up to Jennifer and even admitted some of her behavior was because she liked her. We’ve already heard that in season three they’ll be a couple, and McMahan expanded on how their coupledom will play out on the show:
I don’t want to give away too much of season three. But what I’ll say about season three is, we start the season with Mariner dating Jennifer. They’re an item. But, the stories aren’t really about them dating— that’s not what the show’s about. So you’ll be seeing it, but don’t expect this to turn into The Jennifer and Mariner Show.
T’Lyn will be back
T’Lyn was the “outrageous” Vulcan officer we got to know in the excellent episode “wej Duj.” She became an instant fan favorite, so of course the question came up about her return:
I’m so excited to write more stuff for T’Lyn. She only gets a little bit in season three, but it’s partially because we were writing season three when you were watching season two, so that episode hadn’t fully come in yet, and I wanted to make sure it was as good as I thought it would be before I started tipping the scales a little bit and seeing a lot more of T’Lyn.
Lots of Mexican food and working in Cetacean Ops
Rebecca Kaplan: We frequently see Mariner eating a burrito over the course of the Star Trek: Lower Decks second season. What type of burrito is it?
Mike McMahan: Oh, it’s definitely a Carnitas burrito. I think she’s a woman who would have a Carnitas burrito with pico and guacamole inside.
McMahan followed up by pointing out how much California-influenced food is in Lower Decks:
Eagle-eyed viewers might notice, but there’s a lot of California cuisine on the California Class ships. Part of that is because when I moved to California, there were a bunch of amazing foods I’d never had in Chicago. There was not a great burrito in Chicago.
Another fun question was about Matt and Kimolu, the two Beluga whales who staff the Cetacean Ops center on the USS Cerritos.
RK: How did Matt and Kimolu get promoted to Lt. Junior Grade?
MM: They put in a lot of star cartography time, and they pretty much are workaholics. They work hard, and they play hard. They love swim parties, but they love charting four-dimensional navigational paths through the stars. When you’re that committed to Starfleet, you just zoom up the ranks.
Also, there’s not a lot of competition in their department.
Star Trek: Lower Decks is available on Paramount+ in the U.S. and in Latin America. It is on CTV Sci-Fi Channel in Canada, and streams on Crave. It is available on Amazon Prime Video for the rest of the world.
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