One of the highlights of Star Trek: Mission Chicago was a panel for Star Trek: Lower Decks. This was the first time the cast were together since the season 2 premiere. Perhaps more importantly, this was their first time at a Star Trek convention together, and they were greeted by a capacity crowd.
Cast cosplay as themselves
Creator and showrunner Mike McMahan took the stage with the energy of a rock star, exclaiming “you guys filled this room, this is crazy!” as he led the crowd in a chant of “Lower Decks! Lower Decks!” His tone then got serious, breaking some “bad news,” revealing that the cast “just couldn’t make it” to the event. But the good news was, “the crew of the USS Cerritos could make it”.
The crew was introduced one by one, starting with Jerry O’Connell as Jack Ransom, and when the audience saw he was in full Lower Decks uniform the crowd went wild. And they kept it going with the introductions of Noël Wells as Tendi, Jack Quaid as Boimler, and Tawny Newsome as Mariner. Jack even had Boimer’s purple hair and Geordi Bear. McMahan explained later that Eugene Cordero (Rutherford) sent his best but couldn’t be there due to a scheduling conflict.
Not only did they dress like they were on the USS Cerritos, but each actor said they saw parallels between themselves and their Lower Decks characters…
Tawny: At some point, Mike just started writing a shade of me that I didn’t think I let out that often. But now through Mariner, I realized there’s not much of a line.
Jerry: You know, I didn’t think [I was like Ransom] until I put this uniform on this morning. And I’ve just been ordering the heck out of these three all day… [having two more pips] it went right to my head.
Jack: Yes, definitely. I do scream, but not nearly as often Boimler does. But occasionally like if I’m very startled, like I went to like Universal Halloween and the Boimler scream came out several times… That’s just a thing I discovered was within me through this job.
Noel: I feel like Tendi is a shade of me that I’ve forgotten… I feel like I’m a very optimistic person, but sometimes I don’t know if people know how to handle it. So then I’m like, ‘Oh, just be quiet.’… She is definitely like me and my essence I’m also like probably crazy done.
Jack even had a very Boimler-like moment when he was given his very own Tom Paris commemorative plate.
Season 3: Peanut Hamper, Klingon D&D, cameos, and more
McMahan showed off the season three teaser trailer, promising it was “just a hint” of what is to come, with a full trailer coming later this year. He also revealed the teaser poster, confirming that the figure in the poster was indeed Peanut Hamper, adding “Peanut Hamper’s story will continue.”
The executive producer then delighted the crowd, telling them they get to see a clip that will not be shared with the general public. The clip featured the cold open and first scene from an episode that wasn’t the season premiere. It featured the lower deckers playing a Klingon version of Dungeons & Dragons called “Bat’leths & BIHnuchs.” The game featured a virtual Martok (voiced by J.G. Hertzler) as the dungeon master, but Boimler noted it wasn’t the real Chancellor Martok, but a “Ferengi knockoff.” He had lines like “Qapla! You rolled an 18, which means the petaQ is frozen in fear by your battle cry.” The game ended with Boimler being eliminated to “not live out your days as a warrior, but as a dentist.”
The moderator pressed for season three tidbits, and McMahan related but explained why he didn’t want to reveal too much…
Look, season three rules. I don’t want to tell you anything… There’s going to be some classic faces in season three. There’s going to be some interesting ships. I don’t know if you guys like starships? I don’t want to tease too much about season three because there’s gonna be a trailer. And part of what we love about Lower Decks is the surprise. You can never see what’s coming.
After being pressed by Tawny, he also revealed we will get some more backstory on Boimler:
You will very quickly, in the first episode, get a bit more to understand about Boimler’s heritage.
Singing and salamander babies
Tawny has made it clear there is something she wants to see happen, revealing, “I have pitched everything from a musical episode to a different kind of musical episode.” Noel Wells also said she has pitched the same and McMahan promised, “I will get you guys singing and playing on Lower Decks.”
During the Q&A a fan asked if will we see the salamander children from Janeway and Tom Paris [from Voyager’s “Threshold”]. And Mike appeared to confirm they are coming:
There was a little peek of a salamander in season one when Boimler got sent to the farm on the medical ship and there was Anthony the salamander, but not the same salamander. When will we see them? I cannot say. Will we see them? Yes, absolutely.
More to come from Chicago
There is still much more coverage from the convention, including reports from other Star Trek Universe panels. Stay tuned to TrekMovie in the coming days for more Star Trek: Mission Chicago.
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