The third season of Star Trek: Lower Decks is coming this summer, with a fourth season already ordered by Paramount+. We are now getting more clues about what’s next for the adult animated Star Trek comedy.
Lower Decks to visit major Star Trek planets
Speaking to SlashFilm, Lower Decks creator and showrunner Mike McMahan said he likes having the opportunity to expand on what is known about different Star Trek alien cultures, like what was done for the Klingons during the TNG-era to make them less monolithic. He indicated more Star Trek aliens will be getting fleshed out in upcoming seasons of Lower Decks:
And so as they build out those monocultures into something that’s more textured, that’s what I like to do about it. I like to be like, “Okay. Let’s take Exocomp. We saw them in one episode. What if we started to build them out? Like, where could they have gone? What are more textures of them?” And actually, you’ll see some of that in season 3. And even if we’re writing season 4, there are some major “Star Trek” planets where I’m like, “Let’s go there. We’ve never been there. Let’s check this out. Let’s see what it’s like.” Getting to do that but still telling stories about likable, fun, respectful, science-driven Starfleet officers, kind of like you get to write real “Star Trek” while having fun and telling a story while you’re doing it. It’s just a blast.”
More legacy characters coming
Lower Decks star Tawny Newsome also talked to SlashFilm, giving an update on production:
We’re in this mental soup now where they’re writing season 4, I started recording season 4. I’m doing ADR, like audio pickups to season 3.
She also teased what to expect in season 3
We are going to see what’s going on with Carol Freeman. We’re going to see how our lower deckers deal with that. We had a little teaser that we released [at Mission: Star Trek Chicago] that showed a really fun role-playing type game that [we get to] tackle. So yeah, fun little bits like that, fun little nod to things that are out in the universe a little bit and maybe some legacy characters.
The first two seasons of Lower Decks featured a number of legacy actor cameos including Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), John de Lancie (Q), Lycia Naff (Sonya Gomez), and Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris).
ICYMI: Lower Decks season 3 teaser
We still don’t have a specific release date for season 3 beyond Summer 2022, but a good guess would be August, which is the same month previous seasons debuted. A teaser trailer was released in April. [International version HERE]
Reminder: Lower Decks Season 2 arrives soon
The 2-disc collection of Lower Decks season 2 arrives on July 12 on Blu-ray and DVD and features over an hour of bonus content including exclusive featurettes and commentaries. You can pre-order the Blu-ray at Amazon priced at $24.99. And the DVD pre-order is priced at $19.99.