‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Nominated For Hugo Award

The animated comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks is getting some more love, this time a nomination for a prestigious award with some Trek history.

Lower Decks nominated

Star Trek: Lower Decks has been nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form by the World Science Fiction Society for the 2022 Hugo Awards, which has been honoring the best in science fiction and fantasy since 1953. Lower Decks is specifically nominated for “wej Duj,” a daring episode written by Kathryn Lyn and directed by Bob Suarez that garnered TrekMovie’s Best of Star Trek for 2021. Lower Decks is going up against episodes from The Wheel of Time, For All Mankind, Arcane, The Expanse, and Loki.

From “wej Duj”

This is the first nomination for Star Trek since 2018 for Star Trek: Discovery. Prior to that, the franchise has been recognized by the Hugos going back to 1968 with nearly every series, except Voyager, picking up nominations, along with nine of the Trek feature films. The last win was in 1995 for the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Showrunner Mike McMahan took to Twitter to express his excitement over the nomination.

The 2022 Hugo Awards are scheduled to be presented on Sunday evening, September 4, 2022, at a ceremony during the 80th World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago.

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Congratulations to Kathryn Lyn, Bob Suarez, and the whole Star Trek: Lower Decks team!


So well deserved and not a surprise it was for Wej Duj. That was definitely the stand out episode last season. I love this show and it’s good to see it being recognized by others. This is one of those shows that could’ve been a disaster on every level but has been an absolute joy to watch. Certainly more so than Discovery lol.


I remember the exact moment I thought of Spock bridging the gap through time to make Trek 09 a sequel, a prequel, and a reboot. Happiest day of my life.

Cool, but what does that have to do with this article about Lower Decks getting nominated for a Hugo?

Congratulations to the cast and crew of LDs. It may not be my particular cup of tea, but obviously the nomination proves they are doing great work! It also further demonstrates that despite the terribly rocky start of Discovery, four of the five shows have truly gained a lot of serious traction and positive momentum.
As for Discovery, they continue to make glacially slow improvements and the show is so much better than those first 5 or 6 episodes, so let’s see what Discovery can come up with for S5!

In your opinion. For me, Discovery seasons 3 and 4 are the worst of Star Trek. Pointless, boring melodrama with almost zero redeeming qualities and writing fit for Santa Barbara soap opera.

On the other hand, Lower Deck was written by people that know and love Star Trek and it shows. Congrats!

I 100% agree. Its unlikely I’m ever going to rewatch disco seasons 3 + 4 ever again – which is saying something, I constantly rewatch other seasons of other Trek shows.

I have to be honest the first season of Lower Decks didn’t sit well by me with all the crass, childish jokes and fan servicing just for fan servicing but recently I completed watching the whole second season and was impressed by it. The second season developed the characters more and had some absolutely solid episodes and an excellent season finale. I think it truly became its own show in the second season. So congrats for this nomination.

I was just thinking yesterday about how hard I laughed throughout the whole closing credits, with the Borg: “Are they going to do anything? No? Oh, that’s hilarious.”

Well done LDS. Its my favourite show in the Kurtzman era hands down. 7 seasons and a movie!

Yep, seven seasons and a movie!!! I’m right there with you!

But I can’t decide which is my favorite show so far, LDS or PRO? At the moment they are both tied for me although LDS probably edges it out by a nose.

They’re pretty much tied for me, too, and both rank quite high in my personal rankings of Trek shows. Of course it’s always tricky trying to gauge shows when they’re so new (Prodigy has had only half its first season!), but both are off to great starts, and I’m loving both.

How about a live action movie?