The third season of the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks arrives in just a few weeks. There were some big reveals in the trailer released at San Diego Comic-Con and discussed at the panel, including a return of Peanut Hamper, a visit to space station Deep Space 9, and J.G. Hertzler reprising his role as Martok for a Klingon version of Dungeons & Dragons. But this is Lower Decks, so Star Trek references and Easter eggs are baked into the show’s DNA and go deeper. We have gathered what we think are the top 10 deepest cuts from Star Trek and beyond, presented in the order in which they appear in the trailer.
Get your picture as Spock with a Horta
The deep cuts start right away with a number of TOS references at the opening of the trailer where Boimler and Mariner are manning a Starfleet recruitment booth at some kind of job fair. Their booth comes with a nice standee for attendees to take a picture as Mr. Spock from the Star Trek episode “The Devil in the Dark,” complete with a Horta and some eggs. The booth next to theirs for the Archeologists Guild also has a small monolith that looks like it could be related to the Preservers from the TOS episode “The Paradise Syndrome.” And as Mariner calls out to attract people to the booth, she yells, “Discover the undiscovered country,” a reference to the final TOS movie Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Check out the Stargazer model
When we get closer, you can see a model of the USS Stargazer in the Starfleet booth. Jean-Luc Picard kept a model of his first command in his Enterprise-D ready room, and a new Stargazer appeared in season 2 of Picard.
London Knights score on FNN
Captain Freeman’s trial is covered by the Federation News Network, which was introduced in Picard (and the Short Treks prequel “Children of Mars.”) The FNN crawl includes a reference to the Buffalo Solar Knights beating the London Kings, a future baseball team and favorite of Benjamin Sisko.
Dinner at Sisko’s with some Ketracel White
Speaking of Ben Sisko, there is a visit to his father’s New Orleans restaurant Sisko’s Creole Kitchen, seen in a number of episodes of Deep Space Nine.
Inside the restaurant, Rutherford and Tendi have dinner which includes a bottle of Ketracel White Hot, a hot sauce inspired by Ketracel White, the drug the Dominion used to control their Jem’Hadar soldiers.
Stealing a ship from 3D Chess player
Season three has a connection to Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, as seen on the official poster. This will include a scene where Mariner steals the USS Cerritos from impound as Kirk did with the USS Enterprise in Star Trek III.
The theft can be seen in the trailer, which includes a guard distracted by playing three-dimensional chess on his computer. 3D Chess has been part of Star Trek since the second pilot of TOS.
A shot of Mariner doing some tomb raiding shows her holding a Klingon version of the famed golden idol (also known as the Chachapoyan Fertility Idol) from the classic film Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Race with the Delta Flyer
A Delta Flyer-type shuttle can be seen in a race with another craft. The Delta Flyer was introduced in Star Trek: Voyager, designed by Tom Paris.
Rutherford can be seen at the controls wearing the same white uniform Paris wore when racing the Delta Flyer in the Voyager episode “Drive.”
Mariner’s orbital dive
Mariner dons a gold orbital skydiving suit and takes a dive, ramming into the side (of something) in an homage to a scene from the 2009 Star Trek movie when Kirk and Sulu dove through the atmosphere to disable the Narada drilling rig.
Freeman gets Masked
And finally, Lt. Commander Stevens gets chased by Kukulkan, the flying serpent creature from the TAS episode “How Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth.”
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. In Canada it airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.
While you wait, watch the trailer again and let us know your favorite part in the comments below.
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