‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Season 3 Features DS9 Station, Peanut Hamper… And Bangin’ Earth Outfits

In addition to unveiling the full trailer for season 3, the SDCC Star Trek Universe panel revealed much about what is coming in the third season of Star Trek: Lower Decks, which premieres on August 25.

Executive producer Alex Kurtzman was joined by showrunner/creator Mike McMahan and cast members Dawnn Lewis (Captain Freeman), Noël Wells (Ensign Tendi), Jack Quaid (Ensign Boimler), Tawny Newsome (Ensign Mariner), and a cardboard cutout of Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford, brought on stage by Newsome because Cordero couldn’t be there in person. The group revealed a few details for the upcoming season as well as what it means to them to be involved in the world of Star Trek.

Lower Decks will be visiting space station Deep Space Nine

Asked by panel moderator Lea Thompson if Lower Decks “is really going to go to Deep Space Nine” (after seeing it in the trailer), McMahan responded with a resounding yes.

Oh, we we circle Deep Space Nine. We check out the pylons. And then we go IN to Deep Space Nine, where we will walk the promenade, we will enjoy the Cardassian architecture—(Newsome: Will someone lick a jumja stick?)—there’s jumja sticks, and you might see some friendly faces in there. It feels to me like one last walk around Deep Space Nine. Like it’s a really great episode, I can’t wait for you guys to see it.

Where season 3 picks up…

Quaid said they had a “classic Trek cliffhanger” at the end of season 2, with Lewis chiming in that the “po-po got me.” Newsome described how they kick things off in the new season:

We start season 3 like full tilt, looking for her, trying to fix it, trying to set it right, and I love the scrappiness. I love episode 1 of season 3 because our lower deckers are just like, “We gotta save the captain!” It just feels like this epic adventure, it feels like a movie.

Tawny Newsome and Jack Quaid at Comic-Con 2022 (Photo: TrekMovie)

…and what they’ll be wearing

Quaid chimed in to talk about how much he loves the “Earth outfits,” and Newsom was just as enthusiastic:

Newsom: Earth outfits are bangin’, y’all. I got a cropped Wilsons leather jacket like Picard in Insurrection.

Quiad: I got a vest, y’all!

Newsom: A vest, a real Jake Sisko-looking vest. Tendi’s in a sensible, like Linda Hamilton T2-type tucked-in T-shirt situation. What’s Rutherford wearing?

McMahan: It’s an asymmetrical purple outfit. It’s so good.

Rutherford and Tendi from the Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 trailer

Rutherford and Tendi in the season 3 trailer premiered at San Diego Comic-Con

McMahan teases “epic” season 3

McMahan summed up what viewers can look forward to when the show premieres next month:

There’s epic episodes, there’s heartfelt episodes, the Deep Space Nine episode is out of control. We’ve got the nefarious exocomp Peanut Hamper returning. It’s just so much fun. And it’s, I’ve said this a million times. There was a little while where we didn’t have any Star Trek. That was very bad time. And now, we have lots and lots of Star Trek all the time. And on August 25. When Lower Decks returns, you’re gonna have 10 new times to be in that world again, to be in the Alpha Quadrant with Starfleet officers. And it’s just, it’s just such a joy to share with you guys.

Mike McMahan at Comic-Con 2022 (Photo: TrekMovie)

They have to keep all five shows in sync

Thompson asked Alex Kurtzman how they maintain continuity between all five shows as well as the past series, and he brought up the showrunner meetings we’ve been hearing about for a while:

It’s crazy because now with five shows, you really have to make sure you’re not stepping on each other’s toes, and there’s a lot of crossover because everybody wants to play with the same damn toys. So, what we do now, is every two months, I would say, all the showrunners get together and we all talk and each person downloads what they’re doing over the season, what they’re thinking about doing over the season, the characters that they want to want to use. Sometimes there are characters that actually can cross-pollinate between different shows, we just have to make sure we’re synchronizing how that works.

McMahan lamented that because of those meetings, he knows everything that’s going to happen and now he doesn’t get to watch Star Trek anymore.

About that Gorn wedding…

A fan asked about the Gorn wedding seen in season 1, and said that meeting the Gorn “raises a lot of questions. Are these the same Gorn that we see in Strange New Worlds… and if so, what was that reception like?”

McMahan fielded that one:

Alright, let me tell you something about Gorn weddings, everybody. Now Strange New Worlds, there’s a couple of centuries difference, and you know, you go to where Gorn live; not every planet has to be this mono culture, all right? Just like D’Vana Tendi  is Orion, not all Orions are controlling people with their pheromones, you’ve also got Orions joining Starfleet. You know, maybe not all Gorn are going to be treated like this extremely scary thing that bursts out of you, and sometimes they fall in love and get married.

“And it’s beautiful,” Quaid chimed in, with Newsome adding, “Please don’t stereotype the Gorn… just because they’re terrifying.”

Noël Wells and Dawnn Lewis at Comic-Con 2022 (Photo: TrekMovie)

Dawnn Lewis got emotional talking about her love for Star Trek

Thompson asked Lewis about her love of Star Trek and asked what it felt like to get the call that she was going to be a Starfleet captain. Lewis talked about how she used to watch The Original Series with her brothers and teared up when she started explaining why it means so much to her:

When I got the call to audition for the show, we were not told that it was Star Trek, we were all given the names of animals like I was Captain McDuck or Captain Whatever. And so you go in and you audition and you give your best. You know, I did my best imitation of Captain Sisko and Captain Kirk, that’s what I do. And so when they called me and said, “You booked the job” I was like ‘oh great, I booked another gig.’ And then they said what it was I said, “I’m sorry—say what?’ I am a part of the Star Trek franchise, you know how you scream and nothing comes out of your mouth? So I call my brothers, and they were like, “Get out of town, you are lying.” And I was like, “No, this is what I’m doing.”

She also talked about her deep connection to one of Star Trek‘s original stars:

And then over the years, you are sometimes fortunate to meet those who inspire you, who change your life, and when I was watching that first incarnation of Star Trek, the person who inspired me and changed my life was Nichelle Nichols. To see this amazingly beautiful, gifted, smart … woman of color in outer space, doing her best to be excellent and everybody respecting her for it? When I grew up and got to actually meet her, I literally cried and couldn’t speak. We have since become friends. And Nichelle has a lot of friends who are Leos. She herself is not a Leo, so she would have Leo parties every year at her house. So we would go and we would party and George Takei would be there and Walter Koenig would be there and I had crushes on both of them when I was little. So the first thing I thought of after calling my brothers was to call Nichelle. I said, “You will not believe”—I’m getting emotional now—”you will not believe what just happened to me. And thank you for shining that light in my life.”

At that point she got so tearful she had to wipe her face on Mike McMahan’s shirt.

Dawnn Lewis at Comic-Con 2022 (Photo: TrekMovie)

Other random bits

Noël Wells brought up how the whole show is a great collaboration between actors and animators:

… there are all these other layers to what Mike and the animators do that weren’t in the script that I had no idea would ever be included in the animation. And so it’s like doing it all over again or watching it for the first time, literally watching it for the first time, but getting this whole other experience. And so it’s just, it’s really fun to be a part of something that it takes that has so much artistry. I’m just a voice on a level. And then to get to see what gets created around it, it’s just an honor.

Newsome talked about how they haven’t been able to record together anymore (since the beginning of the Covid pandemic) and McMahan said he hopes to get them back into group recording sessions at some point. It turns out that Jack Quaid has yet to meet Eugene Cordero in person!

Quaid raved about the raisin vineyard sign that says Boimler Valley Raisins, declaring it as his favorite thing he’s ever seen in his life, “and now I demand that Star Trek needs to make a Boimler Valley raisins in the style of Sun-Maid. I need that to happen, with Boimler in that exact pose. I need it.” He also said he’s proud of Boimler for being more confident and bolder than he used to be, and that he’s enjoying the evolution of the character.

Boimler and Mariner in Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 clip from The Ready Room

Boimler and Mariner at the raisin vineyard in a clip from season 3 shown on The Ready Room

Lower Decks Lower Decks!

The panel wrapped up with a “lower decks”  chant from the panelists and attendees. Watch the moment below.

Still more to come from SDCC 2022

There is still more to come from our Comic-Con coverage, including more details from Saturday’s Star Trek Universe panel. Stay tuned to TrekMovie.com for more news from San Diego, and check out the rest of our San Diego Comic-Con 2022 coverage.

Keep up with all the Star Trek news out of San Diego Comic-Con here at TrekMovie.

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there’s a couple of centuries difference,

Wait… does McMahon not realize when his show is set? The difference is 120 years.

If you round up . . . well I guess that still doesn’t work.

There’s math…and then there’s Lower Decks Math.

120 years does span a couple of centuries….

Really, lighten the hell up.

23rd vs 24th centuries. 2 different centuries.

OMG JamJa sticks are back!!! You are melting my heart Lower Decks! :)

Reading this article and talking about all the legacy characters the show runners are using and sharing its crazy just how many we will be seeing this year and next alone.

-Finally seeing some DS9 characters back and being back on the station in Lower Decks.

-Kirk will be back on SNW next season and they already promised we will see even MORE TOS characters as well like Sybok. (Would also love a surprise visit by one or two of the ENT crew like say, an Ambassador T’Pol!!!!)

-Admiral Janeway and Captain Chakotay will be reuniting soon on Prodigy when it comes back and they promised more legacy characters will be showing up on that show too. Maybe more Voyager characters like the Doctor or Neelix.

-Probably the biggest news right now in fandom is the entire TNG cast returning in Picard and there are possibly more TNG/DS9/VOY casts showing up too! Could Janeway show up here also? Fingers crossed kids!!

-And while this one is still a big wild card but even the Kelvin Universe crew (by the grace of Q) are suppose to be coming back next year in another movie (but let’s say this one is still….pending ;)).

That’s a lot of freaking legacy characters we will be seeing! I usually don’t try and speak for every fan but I will in this case when I say the one big character return everyone is excited for is Peanut Hamper!!! :D

It’s an exciting time to be a fan! :)

Well, yeah, they did dangle the big Sybok out there. Share your pain, please.
……and I hope you aren’t holding your breath on the movie. Would really hate to see you pass out there. :-)

LOL you know my feelings on the movie at this point. But until someone officially says the date is being moved (yet again) or something, then it’s still pending for now. And if they could get their #$@% together by the fall maybe they could start shooting the end of this year for the 2023 release date? I know, pretty slim at this point.

Excited for Sybok’s return! But I’m excited for so many right now. Oh and I forgot they said Klingons are coming back to SNW next season so maybe Chancellor L’Rell or even Tyler will be back? I really want to see them again too. And if so it will be the first Discovery legacy characters crossing over in a new show! Soooo many possibilities!!! :)

There’s plenty of good stuff going on in the streaming productions that make it easy to shrug off Trek 14 being stuck in development purgatory…..

I ask forgiveness for the following…

Tawny Newsome and/or Mariner is HOT!

I mean that in the most respectable way possible.

it’d be fun for the crossover episode if Boimler and Mariner cross over to live action SNW and Pike and Spock cross over to animated LD….it’d be fun to see a live action Boilmer and Mariner and i think the actors could pull it off!

I suspect that anything shown on the Cerritos will be animated and anything not on the Cerritos will be live action. That way they don’t have to build sets and such. But they confirmed mariner and boimler will be seen in the flesh.

I love Dawnn Lewis’ story about how much Nichelle Nichols meant to her, and I’m so glad she allowed herself to share it with us all.