Preview The Season 3 Premiere Of ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ With New Images From “Grounded”

The third season of Star Trek: Lower Decks arrives on Thursday. We have details and a first look at some new images.

“Grounded”

The new episode of Lower Decks is titled “Grounded,” and it features SNL-veteran Bobby Moynihan as a guest star.  The episode was written by Chris Kula and directed by Jason Zurek. Lower Decks season three begins on Paramount+ on Thursday, August 25.

Synopsis: 

Mariner enlists her friends on a rogue mission to exonerate her mother as Captain Freeman faces a military tribunal for the destruction of Pakled Planet

New images

Jack Quaid as Ensign Brad Boimler, Tawny Newsome as Ensign Beckett Mariner, Bobby Moynihan as Denny, Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford , and Noel Wells as Ensign Tendi

Bobby Moynihan as Denny

Noel Wells as Ensign Tendi, Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford, Tawny Newsome as Ensign Beckett Mariner and Jack Quaid as Ensign Brad Boimler

Tawny Newsome as Ensign Beckett Mariner, and Jack Quaid as Ensign Brad Boimler

Jerry O’Connell as Commander Jack Ransom, and Tawny Newsome as Ensign Beckett Mariner

Tawny Newsome as Ensign Beckett Mariner

Paramount+ series STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS.

Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford

Jack Quaid as Ensign Brad Boimler, Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford, Tawny Newsome as Ensign Beckett Mariner and Noel Wells as Ensign Tendi,

Tawny Newsome as Ensign Beckett Mariner and Jack Quaid as Ensign Brad Boimler

Noel Wells as Ensign Tendi, Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford, Tawny Newsome as Ensign Beckett Mariner and Jack Quaid as Ensign Brad Boimler

Jack Quaid as Ensign Brad Boimler, and Tawny Newsome as Ensign Beckett Mariner

Previously released images:

Dawnn Lewis as Captain Carol Freeman

Noël Wells as Ensign Tendi, Jack Quaid as Ensign Brad Boimler, Tawny Newsome as Ensign Beckett Mariner, and Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford

Season 3 social media promo

Yesterday Paramount released some fun new season three character promos.

Season 3 trailer

Here is the trailer released at San Diego Comic-Con (also available on startrek.com).


New episodes of Star Trek: Lower Decks stream Thursdays in the USA on Paramount+ and CTV Sci-Fi in Canada (where it’s also available to stream on Crave). It streams on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video in international territories around the world. In Latin America, Lower Decks debuts (both seasons 1 and 2) in September.

Keep up with all the news and reviews from the new Star Trek Universe on TV at TrekMovie.com.

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I appreciate the animated Trek but it’s not worth re-starting my subscription until there is new, live action Trek.

More power to ya, I’m kind of the opposite at this point. My sub is only really for SNW and Lower Decks, and so I can watch prodigy with my kid who is getting into Trek. I’ll catch Disco and Picard whenever I am next subscribed after Lower Decks ends for one of the three I mentioned. I’m in no rush for the non-SNW live action stuff at the moment.

It’s like $5 a month! Holy crap! Get a better job

Why should anybody pay even $1 for any months in which they aren’t going to use it?

There is ENDLESS things to watch on Paramount Plus. The fact that it is $5 month (or $50/year if you pay one time) is so they can keep the doors open and fund new content. People don’t bat an eye at a $6 coffee or $125/mo for a cell phone plan but there in only ONE source for TREK content and people get pissy over the price? FFS.

Well, there are also the DVDs and Blu-rays as sources for Trek, of course…

I have the everything up to 2005 on DVD/BluRay and if not watching any of the new stuff means they will not be able to produce more of that terrible excuse for a SciFi Show (or even a TV Show really), I’m gonna not pay even harder from now on …

Lower Decks is the only one I’d somewhat miss to be honest.

LOL, like I’m guessing you have no life, auto or medical insurance then.

Chris W. I was laid off in 2008 and am virtually unemployable at my age. Have some respect for the seniors on this board with limited savings.

I keep my subscription going even when there isn’t any Star Trek, so that I can contribute towards their making upcoming Star Trek. They’re clearly pouring a lot of resources into making these shows, and I want to reward them.

Yep, that’s me too. I appreciate the overall franchise direction. There are shows now for all fan types, so while I may have to groan and shake my head while watching LDS, I have SNW and DSC as my favs, and Picard and Prodigy have their moments as well.

Glad to hear it!

Cool, I didn’t know Paramount has a Patreon page! ;-)

Me too. But I have been watching a fair share of Paramount+ even when Trek isn’t on.

I’m not a big fan of TV except for Star Trek, but Trek is worth it to me.

I hear you. I will reward them once I get one live action Trek per week. It’ll happen, I hope.

I hear you. If I was a month-to-month subscriber instead of a annual one, I would save the $ during the Lower Decks periods and binge watch them later when I rejoined for one of the live action series. But I’m not (I subscribe annually), so I am doomed to watch that cluster-F of a series every week…lol

Dear One Lion, I loved watching Lower Decks and discussing it on this forum as it gave me a wonderful lighthearted holiday from what else is going on in the real world, while still being surprisingly deep sometimes when looking closer. Ahead of this season, I have seen a few comments from you and I need to tell you that some of them made me uncomfortable in this forum. The reason for this is that to me, you seem to sometimes rather quickly and summarily judge something or someone else. Like in this thread, where you in one place mock another poster about not having a life, and in another apply name-calling, calling Lower Decks a “cluster-F of a series”.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally ok for you not to like something :-) But a better way of communicating criticism could be, instead of kind of summarily stamping something as being sh**, to rather stay with yourself and say how you feel and think about it, and explain why you think so. This is also a great way to encourage discussion, because that way I’ll learn more about your perspective. And, which is important to me, it’s a way to say that you don’t like it while showing others that you respect their different feelings on the matter. If you don’t like the show at all, maybe think about whether you really need to watch it. But if you wish to express your discontent, please don’t forget others in this forum may really love the show, okay? Nobody wants to see something you really like just bashed or demeaned by someone else – but of course I can still be interested in a differing opinion in particular if you explain your reasons for thinking so! The discussions on the last seasons were great because even if people disagreed, they expressed it in a neutral and respectful way, so the board could be a place for everyone to feel comfortable. I hope you don’t mind me writing to you, Cheers!

I NEVER remarked or mocked that someone did not have a life??? I simply do not engage in personal attacks here. I take 100% exception to this.

That being said, my personal opinion is that LDS is a cluster-F of a series, and I have explained the details that back up that opinion of mine many times. And I have no problem with you or anyone completely disagreeing with this personal opinion of mine.

You perhaps might want to note that as a Discovery fan, I have heard a lot worse comments on that series, and my response has been to not be oversensitive and take it personally, because I am fully confident in my personal opinions on that series and I don’t get influenced by those who comment negatively on it. Now, I guess if I lacked confidence in my opinions on Discovery, then I might get bent out of shape on that negativity, but that is not the case.

I respect your opinions and everyone’s opinions here on all of these series!

I suspect the list order of the types of insurances you assumed ‘Drew did not have, as well as your decision not to use an Oxford comma when doing so is what tripped up Webguest. I had to reread it myself, it wasn’t clear at first glance that you were making a list.

I still have to go back and add Oxford commas all the time – they always feel inefficient but do prevent some sentences from getting misconstrued.

That’s what I was gonna write… put a comma behind “auto,” and it’ll all look different! Those commas make a HUGE difference, and can easily prevent misunderstandings! 😄

Now, without any more misunderstandings or show-bashing, onto the battle between DIS and LDS: Which one of these two shows sucks a little less, and why? Discuss the positives! GO! 😉😈🤣

Goods points on that I should have included the comma. But if you look at the context of my remark in replying to Drew’s comment I think it’s also pretty clear what I meant even without the comma.

A classic framing to provoke negative sentiments. No thanks.

Au contraire, mon capitain!

I’d seriously be curious about what those that truly love either or both of these particular shows, would say about what makes them great WITHOUT any kind of bashing or comparing anything negatively — as that is way too common and way too easy, obviously!

I do find is humorously disingenuous how on DSC articles, for the most part, fans and non-fans seem to have a healthy debate about the show with both negative and positive opinions being shared, but on Lower Decks articles, fans of that show are just so freaking uber-defensive if you dare to bring up and negative opinions on that show? I mean, for some of the reactions I get one might think that I was criticizing The Easter Bunny or Milk Chocolate (which interestingly, are great in combination)? lol

I got a free year for being a t-mobile home internet subscriber!

With Bobby Moynihan on Star Trek, there’s the chance to make his SNL character Spocko canon! “That’s a Star Trek!”

Boy I can’t wait. This is my almost favourite of the new shows. It hits all the right spots for me. It’s truly amazing it’s a winner, because on paper it’s sounded like a disaster – thank Kahless it’s not! Whew.

What a great time to be alive.

With modern Star Trek, I been pretty mixed on the Kelvin movies, Discovery and then Picard. But THIS was the first that was a complete home run out of the gate in the new era for me. I don’t think I ever saw that coming lol.

I was waiting for it to be a complete disaster too and instead it understood the franchise the best for NuTrek and as a comedy on top of it.

Yeah, I’m enjoying the animated portion of current Trek more than the live action offerings (though I am enjoying most of those too!).

its gonna be tough when LD season 3 ends….its been a helluva ride with SNW season 1 now lower decks season 3…..between those 2 and the TNG reunion / Picard season 3 (cautiously optimistic 3rd time’s the charm) and SNW season 2….is anyone really that excited for DSC season 5?

I get more enjoyment out of mopping the floor or cleaning the toilet than watching Discovery.

And I’m still very nervous about Picard. A lot can still go wrong.

☝️😂 Watching DSC is a tedious chore, FOR SURE! I guess you could always reward yourself afterwards with a squeaky clean toilet job… 🚽🤣👍

Yeah, I’m pretty excited for DSC season 5. I found lots to like and lost to be disappointed with over the first 4 seasons, but I’m cautiously optimistic that it’s finally hitting its stride. I’m also really looking forward to Prodigy season 2 – I just adored the first season when I really wasn’t expecting to.

FYI, Prodigy has 20 episode seasons, so we have 10 episodes left. With these long hiatuses between the different parts of the season, it gets confusing.

I’m very much looking forward to the back half of Prodigy season one as well.

Wish we had a premiere date, but with Nickelodeon now running the first part of season one, hopefully we’ll have that once LDS season three premieres this week.

In retrospect, it’s turning out to be kind of moronic to call the next 10 eps of Prodigy part of Season 1 still given the huge time gap. Calling these new eps season 2 would have made more common sense.

I personally feel like Disco’s greatest issue was too many filler episodes and I’m hopeful a leaner season will mitigate that. If anything I’m the most nervous for picard as it’s either gonna be amazing or absolutely awful, and given the track record of the first two seasons I’m afraid the latter seems more likely.

I am also very nervous about Picard. So much talk from Matalas about how great it’s going to be so far ahead of the show makes me very nervous…”I’ve got a great deal for you on this low mileage chevy; this car is a babe magnet for sure, and trust me, you will like this so much better than that Ford Tauris you bought from me two years ago, and sorry again about your transmission issues with that vehicle — but this Chevy is well made, has a new paint job, and is a real looker”

Yes, I am looking forward to DSC S5, as well as the other rich buffet of Trek series we’re now able to feast upon. I view its S1 as trying to break new ground by experimenting with a fully serialized format, sometimes successfully, sometimes not, especially in terms of pacing. But overall I was entertained and had some thinking stimulated, which is a main purpose of Trek to my mind. I also think is the cast is generally excellent. I know I am in the minority in also appreciating the premise behind The Burn in S3 — finally no vengeful foe or super beings! I very much liked the effort (well achieved within the limits of TV) in the last season of DSC to portray a truly alien species. In short, DSC attempts to do new things outside the established episodic box, which I appreciate. I don’t think it’s entirely fair to take one-liner pot shots at it or compare DSC unfavorably to some predetermined Trek ideal since from TOS on Trek has always been a mix of genres, though never so serialized as DSC or PIC.

Fwiw, I like LD better now than my first reactions to it. I am not sure if it’s grown on me or it has toned down some of its earlier more juvenile humor or both. Prodigy has been a pleasant surprise and SNW is always entertaining and thought-provoking.

I’m not exactly excited for any of the live-action shows; heck, I’m still dragging a bit on catching up on both Discovery and SNW. But I’m excited as all get-out for more Lower Decks – and for more Prodigy as well. We still have ten episodes left in S1 of that, remember, and I expect that remaining half-season to be the next thing we get after Lower Decks S3.

I suspect we’re right now in Week 1 of what will be 20 consecutive weeks of shiny new animated Trek (or perhaps 18 or 19 weeks, if they overlap the shows a little, or two 10-week periods close together, if they have another short break between the shows).

So excited for this show to return! I really enjoyed SNW, but ready to get back to the 24th century and the hijinks of the Cerritos crew.

Anyone else doing a rewatch of the first two seasons? I started yesterday and will be done by Wednesday. Just so much fun and I expect season 3 to be just as good as the first two seasons.

Agreed!

Were the first 3 episodes not supposed to come out on the same day or did I imagine that?

First three episodes of Lower Decks? I think you did imagine that. I follow the show and news about it pretty closely, and I’ve never seen any indication they were ever planning on releasing three episodes of it the same same day. Certainly they never released three or even two episodes together during the first two seasons; those both each had ten episodes come out over ten consecutive weeks.

There have been times when episodes of two different series were released together. There have also been a small number of times when they released two consecutive episodes of one of the other shows back-to-back, the same day; when Discovery began, IIRC, they first broadcast the first episode of the show on regular television and then immediately dropped the second one for streaming. And back in the day, the Voyager two-parter “The Killing Game” and “The Killing Game, Part II” debuted back-to-back on a single night, like a feature-length episode (which they later became in some markets), even though that initial airing still had them as two discrete, separate episodes. But so far they haven’t ever done anything like that with Lower Decks.

I’m also not aware of any announcement of 3 episodes dropping at the same time. That would use up almost a third of the season, and I doubt they can afford to loose that much time since the other projects (other than possibly Prodigy) are still a ways off from the finish line. I’m assuming they are going take full advantage of the next 10 weeks to hopefully make some headway on the live action products.

Ironically, Matalas mentioned in the interview with Trekmovie that he is pretty close to the finish line with Picard season 3. Technically, this show could be released right after Lower Decks. However, Paramount Plus seems to plan to sit on it for several months and only release it some time next year.

They obviously want to get Prodigy out next. We haven’t finished the first season yet and the first half came out before season 2 of Picard did. It would be crazy we had two straight seasons of that show before Prodigy even finished its first.

I mean, some people have argued that it would make more sense to call the 2nd batch of 10 Prodigy episodes season 2 instead of season 1, part 2. But sure, it makes sense to release them as soon as possible.
Also, I just made a rough estimate and Lower Decks and Prodigy should actually last more or less to the end of this year if they don’t overlap. Somehow I imagined this year still had more weeks left than it does ;-)

Yes, if Lower Decks sticks to an episode a week without interruption, and then Prodigy does the same (starting the week after the Lower Decks S3 finale), then Prodigy will have its season finale on January 5, 2023, for a season that began in 2021. That’s nuts!

They’ve already said they intend to release the last ten episodes of Prodigy S1 in late 2022, which fits a release right after Lower Decks S3 (or perhaps even having a slight overlap between LD S3 and the back half of Prodigy S1, resuming with the latter’s next episode the same week they release the LD S3 finale, say, which would let them finish Prodigy before the year is over). Then Picard S3 could begin in January right after Prodigy finally completes S1. This fits the “early 2023” I’ve been seeing for Picard S3.

As to why they don’t just refer to the half-season we’ve gotten of Prodigy as S1 by itself and call the remaining half S2, I’ve had the same question. As I understand it, it has to do with how the season was originally ordered / booked / planned, with 20 episodes (or the equivalent thereof, making the first “two” a single, double-length episode) for S1 and another 20 for S2, and it wasn’t originally planned to have such a huge midseason break, but that it took longer to complete work on the episodes than planned, and they were delayed. You might remember there was a previous break in the season, a six-week hiatus between “Terror Firma” and “Kobayashi”, apparently to give them a little more time to complete the episodes from “Kobayashi” onward. I suspect the current ongoing massive hiatus since “A Moral Star, Part 2” was released way back in February (!) arose from another such need for more time, but that got stretched way longer than it needed for that alone – that is, that TPTB decided that as long as it needed a little more time anyway, they’d give it a much longer hiatus and fill it with all these other Trek shows, so that by the time Prodigy finally does resume, the Prodigy team would not only have finished the season, but gotten Season 2 well underway, so that hopefully there won’t be any similar ginormous midseason breaks needed for later seasons of the show.

To be clear, a lot of this is conjecture on my part, but I have read that the reason for the smaller, six-week break we had earlier was indeed because of production delays in completing episodes, and it makes sense to me that if they needed that hiatus of more than a month to complete and polish up those last five episodes, then even more time might be needed to finish the next ten we’re still waiting on. Hopefully, as series production progresses, they’re able to surmount whatever production pipeline challenges they’re facing. But just looking at the show, I feel like it makes sense. Animation is inherently time-consuming, and this show is easily the most visually lavish and ambitious of Trek‘s three animated shows so far, and arguably more so even than the three current live-action shows. In terms of sheer running time, a twenty-episode season is like four or five feature-length films, and they’re clearly doing their damndest to make it look as close to that standard as they can. It’s a little like Pixar trying to put out four or five movies in a year…

I also read that the break after episode 5 wasn’t originally planned, but the episodes simply weren’t finished in time.
Hopefully, they have had enough time to finish the back half of season 1 by now.
We could be looking at Lower Decks and Prodigy until the end of this year, then Picard, Strange New Worlds and Discovery starting early next year. And when these three shows are finished, it may already be time for Lower Decks season 4 in late summer and season 2 of Prodigy in the fall of 2023.

That’s what I’m thinking (well, that, and that hopefully they’ve not only been able to finish Star Trek S1, but gotten S2 well underway also). If they released one new Star Trek episode a week, beginning with this week’s Lower Decks premiere and then continuing with Prodigy, then Picard, then SNW, then Discovery, and then finally Lower Decks again (S4), they’d start Lower Decks S4 in August, the same month as each of the previous three seasons, and then they could continue with Prodigy S2 after that, and if they don’t take any breaks in it they can continue that second season of Prodigy until well into 2024.

Rutherford wearing the ugly Jake Sisko wardrobe. Lol.

FYI, a lot of media websites have gotten early viewings of the first 8 episodes of season 3 and so far most of them are saying its not just a great season but the best one yet! Just a few I read but very positive overall and the show being more funny and daring! NO spoilers!

https://www.slashfilm.com/972037/star-trek-lower-decks-season-3-review-the-animated-series-is-as-funny-and-adventurous-as-ever/

https://www.inverse.com/entertainment/star-trek-lower-decks-season-3-review-no-spoilers

https://www.cbr.com/star-trek-lower-decks-season-3-review/

After reading these, I really can’t wait now!

Wow!

Thanks, Tiger! What a nice surprise.

No worries!

But yes, all great news!