After the big Picard reveal, Paramount+ continued the Comic-Con Star Trek Universe event in Hall H with a Lower Decks panel featuring the cast and creator. This including revealing the full official trailer for the upcoming third season and some new posters.
Paramount+ today debuted the official trailer for season 3 of its original animated comedy series, Star Trek: Lower Decks. The trailer was introduced by series creator Mike McMahan during the Star Trek Universe panel.
Season 3 is a gamechanger
According to Paramount+, season three “challenges the U.S.S. Cerritos ensigns in (hilarious) ways they could never imagine, starting with a shocking resolution for season two’s epic cliffhanger finale.”
Ahead of the panel, McMahan told EW the cliffhanger changed the show:
It changes the game that’s happening where the crew of the Cerritos see themselves differently, and others see them differently in a way that changes the tone of the show in season 3. You’ll see pretty quickly by the end of the second episode, each of our leads has a new personal mission. Sometimes it’s helpful and sometimes it’s less than pleasant, but it all stems from the first couple episodes—coming back, changing the game of the show.
Returning for season 3 are the four “lower decks” ensigns of the U.S.S. Cerritos: Ensign Beckett Mariner, voiced by Tawny Newsome; Ensign Brad Boimler, voiced by Jack Quaid; Ensign Tendi, voiced by Noël Wells; and Ensign Rutherford, voiced by Eugene Cordero. The U.S.S. Cerritos’ bridge crew includes Captain Carol Freeman, voiced by Dawnn Lewis; Commander Jack Ransom, voiced by Jerry O’Connell; and Doctor T’Ana, voiced by Gillian Vigman.
All-new character portraits featuring the Lower Decks ensigns—Mariner, Boimler, Tendi and Rutherford—also made their debut during the panel.
There is a lot to unpack from that extended preview, so keep an eye out for TrekMovie’s usual deep dive analysis soon. But one of the new characters has been revealed in an exclusive with EW, Mike McMahan introduces K’Ranch, a new alien inspired by Tosk from Deep Space Nine. McMahan says:
The Lower Decks artists who designed K’ranch wanted to make a cool, badass-looking alien that also fits into the funny look of Lower Decks, that also kind of looks like it fits into Star Trek, but is also using animation. I love that we can have Romulans and we can have Andorians, but then we can also have these Kromsapiods that are all inhabiting the same galaxy.”
Coming August 25
The third season of Lower Decks arrives on Thursday, August 25, and streams exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Latin America and is distributed concurrently by Paramount Global Content Distribution on Amazon Prime Video in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Japan, India and more and in Canada, airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.
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Looks great can’t wait for August 25.
Is JG Hertzler back as…. MARTOK?!?!?
I want to say I read that he was returning.
Didn’t TrekMovie report a while ago that he’s playing a holographic Martok in a Klingon style D&D game?
Just keep circling the pylons
This was epic
I nearly had a NERDGASM seeing DS9 in all it’s glory! and it’s beautiful theme song! I swear I almost wanted to cry! Who knows who we are going to see on that station 20 years later! This season looks like it’s going to be AMAZING!
And yet, one thread up people are losing their s**t that the crossover is a catastrophe. Go figure.
If the crossover was on LDS, no one would complain…
LOL, Star Trek fans, am I right? ;D
I’m super excited for both. Obviously the crossover with SNW brings a ton of questions of how they will do it, so I can understand people are more skeptical about it. But to see DS9 is emotional for me. That’s still my favorite show and while I know people would like to see the station and characters in live action, this is still pretty great on its own.
I can’t wait until we know which characters will be there. But you can’t have DS9 and not visit Quarks bar. He and Morn HAS to be there lol!
I’m totally with you on this, Tiger! Who else will we see on the station?
My top 5 guesses:
Now they may not all be still living there but I can see some of them on the station for some special reason when the Cerritos shows up.
Good guesses. Plus Morn as Legate Damar suggested below. I would love to learn about Ben Siskin, as I’ve been posting recently, but I’m not sure Lower Decks is the best venue.
Ben Sisko of course.
It would be great to see Sisko again, but it might be better to depict his return from the Celestial Temple on a show with a bit more gravitas.
Oh yeah I didn’t include Morn because he’s like part of the furniture on that station lol. He’ll definitely be there!
And maybe we will hear SOMETHING about Sisko but I don’t see the guy showing up or anything. Like you said, I would hold that off for a more appropriate venue.
Garak went home to Cardassia when DS9 ended, Tiger2. With Cardassia in ruins, I’m sure he stayed to help them rebuild. I know that’s where they went with him in the novels. The other 4 I think are most likely the ones we’ll be seeing and maybe Ezri.
It’s the early-2380s when Lower Decks is going on, so it’s only been 6 years since DS9 ended in the Star Trek Universe. Everyone that was still there at the end of “What You Leave Behind” is probably still there, except for Garak. I mean he could’ve went back to the station but I doubt it. Cardassia is his home and where his heart always was, except for when he was with Ziyal.
But when Damar killed Ziyal, there really was nothing left for him on the station. But who knows, it’s always a possibility that he could show up 🙂.
Live long and prosper, Tiger2 🖖
Sure but as I said they don’t all have to still be living on the station, just give them a reason to show up in the episode. Maybe Garek still visits Julian, who he is good friends with, from time to time if he’s still there. So it’s not hard to put him or anyone back on the station. And it’s all fiction if they want a character on the show they will find a way obviously.
Yeah, I agree, Tiger2. I would love to see Garak myself. Some of my favorite DS9 novels are the ones that involve him. The same with the episodes.
“In The Pale Moonlight” was a masterclass in acting between Avery Brooks and Andrew J. Robinson, in my opinion. I just got done watching A Man Called Hawk. I haven’t seen it in years and I absolutely loved it 💖. Avery Brooks just killed it in that show! And you know what’s funny, Tiger2?
I don’t know if you know this or not but Avery Brooks brought some of his Hawk character in to Captain Sisko. Like calling Dax “Old Man. That comes from A Man Called Hawk. There’s a character called “Old Man” in the show. And the actor who plays “Old Man”, Moses Gunn?
He winds up playing Captain Sisko’s Dad on DS9, isn’t that wild 🙂? He played a character on A Man Called Hawk who gave advice to Avery and then he wound up doing the same thing on DS9, isn’t that pretty wild? I got off track, sorry. I just love Avery Brooks.
I was probably the only Caucasian kid in my school, back in the ’90s, who grew a goatee just to be like his hero, Captain Benjamin Sisko. I want him to return so bad. Oh, I had an idea for how they could get Garak on the show. In the novels, while he was on Cardassia, he used to write letters to Dr.Bashir letting him know how the rebuilding of Cardassia was going.
Since Lower Decks has shown already that they’re willing to include certain things from the novels, like they did with the Titan, then maybe they’ll show Dr.Bashir sitting down to a raktajino at the Replimat and he’ll be reading from a PADD and it’ll turn out that what he’s reading is a letter from Garak on Cardassia to Dr.Bashir just talking about how the times were so much simpler back on DS9. I could see them doing something like that but, you know, making it funny, of course, because it’s Lower Decks. I definitely could see them doing something like this. So, yeah, we could see Garak, Tiger2.
Live long and prosper, Tiger2 🖖
It’s gratifying when you can tell just how much fun everyone had making a show.
Love the Boimler poster!
DS9! The pylons! Looking forward to this season. Very funny!
The DS9 reveal was so funny and emotional… I could have taken A LOT of circles around her… DS9 isn’t my favourite show but I still love it nonetheless!
I wonder if any of the DS9 cast will do a cameo beyond JG Hertzler? Along with the Sisko’s restaurant, it’ll be interesting to see whether they’ll show who’s in command of DS9 (Kira?), or imply whether Captain Sisko ever returned?
It’s no way we are going to go there and not see at least a few characters. I think Kira will be there. Quark for sure! I have a hard time seeing Bashir or Dax still on the station but hey you never know? Maybe they got married and made the station their permanent home and raised kids on the station! ;)
Looks awesome. Does everyone realize it premieres during Vegas.
I wonder which DS9 characters will show up. Quark would be the obvious choice. And Morn.
Yes, they’re going to Deep Space Nine! Yeah! I wonder 🤔 who we’re gonna be seeing? Quark is a given because he’s probably going to take advantage of Boimler. Then probably Dr.Bashir because Boimler and Mariner will more than likely end up in Sickbay.
Hopefully, we’ll see Kira. It’d be nice to see if she’s still in control of the station at the time Lower Decks is going on. I know we won’t see Captain Sisko because, thanks to the new Star Trek comic that starts in October, that he’s the Captain of the U.S.S. Theseus during Lower Decks time. Maybe Boimler will run into Jake Sisko though?
That would be cool too 👍. I loved seeing the Romulan Warbird as well. The Cerritos looked so small compared to that Warbird 😄. I think that’s supposed to be an Easter egg from the TNG episode “The Neutral Zone”.
When the Romulans decloaked and revealed themselves for the first time in about a hundred years, the Romulan Warbird just looked huge compared to the Enterprise-D and that’s why that scene with the Warbird coming after the Cerritos reminds me of that scene because of the size difference between the two ships. I can’t wait for the end of August to get here already 🙂.
Live long and prosper Trekmovie 🖖
There was always a scale issue in Trek when it came to the ships and stations, particularly with DS9 and the Defiant. But if the warbird really is supposed to be that big, each ship should be the size of DS9!
Ha, ha,ha 😄! Well, the Enterprise-E is pretty big herself 😄! I think the size of the ship really depends on its standing in the fleet. Like the Enterprise is the flagship and that’s why she’s always been bigger than other ships.
The Cerritos, because it’s not as highly valued as the Enterprise, would then be a smaller ship. So, yes, putting the Cerritos up against a GIGANTIC Romulan Warbird is just a little bit ridiculous but I’m sure it’s gonna be really funny 🤣. They could’ve put her up against one of the old school TOS Bird Of Preys but they would just be the same size then and I really think that they want to do the size difference joke, you know?
Live long and prosper, Ian 🖖
Love seeing good ol Terok Nor! Anyone see the hot sauce at Sisko’s? Ketracel White Hot flavor!
Not that this really needs confirming but McMahan made it clear we will be seeing DS9 characters showing up:
One word: F-I-N-A-L-L-Y!!! We may even see a few of the same faces in Picard next season like how we saw Riker and Troi show up on both LDS and PIC. They are playing the nostalgia card hard with these new shows!
Thanks for this link, Tiger! I hope that “one last walk” doesn’t imply that the station will be destroyed and is only meant in a nostalgic way. Of course, it would be prohibitively costly to rebuild the Promenade (AR wall?), so animation is a good way to go.
No worries Elrond!
But I agree with you, that phrase ‘one last walk’ really sounded odd to me too. I’m hoping it doesn’t mean anything will happen to the station. I assume not, destroying DS9 on a random episode of another show will be as bad as DS9 destroying the Enterprise in a random episode on that show. ;)
And unfortunately you are probably right. It’s a lot harder to build any of the sets of DS9 in live action. It’s not the same as building a bridge of the Enterprise for an episode so it will probably only be done on the animated shows unless there is a real revival of the show of some kind. I have seen others suggest you can probably CGI a lot of the set today which could be true but I don’t know if it would be much cheaper.