We are about halfway through the third season of Star Trek: Lower Decks and on Star Trek Day, TrekMovie chatted with voice actress Tawny Newsome to get a preview of what is to come, along with some insight into her upcoming live-action appearance in the Strange New Worlds crossover.
What do you see as the biggest change for Mariner in season 3?
I think the best thing about having a season 3 for any show is that you get room now. You get room to explore and to deepen and to give people more shades of them, especially for a 22-minute cartoon. It is incredible what Mike McMahan and the writers have been able to pull out of all of our characters, to really show you about them, about the world, and about Starfleet. In season 3 you are going to get a lot more emotional depth. The jokes hit harder, because we know these characters so much better. All around it feels like a warm cozy jacket that you’ve had for years.
They are mixing things up with the character pair-ups. Are there any character combinations you are excited about coming up?
Yeah, the pair-ups. Yeah, we heard the fan feedback. We heard you all. It was always Mariner and Boimler, and Tendi and Rutherford paired off together. So I feel like in season 2 we had a cheeky little episode where we address that—the Mariner and Tendi girls trip episode. Season 3 there is even more. You know, what I love is that there’s more…. there is more of the four of them tackling a problem. 301 is a great example of that. I just love seeing the four of them on a little First Contact-y adventure together.
Is that your favorite of the season or is there one coming up?
It’s hard to say favorite. I love 301. I feel like it’s an incredible way to start a season. It’s my favorite season opener that we’ve had yet. I will say that 307 is so bananas. But it is an episode to do with a fringe character, and I’ll say it is so wild. And I love it so much. It’s so strange. So just strap in! Strap in.
So, how hard was it talking Mike into rewriting you into the upcoming DS9 episode?
Look, I’m not proud of a lot of things in my career, but I am proud of that. Because I was right. Yeah. So he wrote the DS9 episode and he wrote it with Mariner on like a side mission or like on a different storyline. And I read it and I got really sad for myself, Tawny, because I’m a huge Deep Space Nine fan and I really wanted to play in that world. So he logged on to the Zoom and I gave him some serious shit for it. I was like, “How are you denying me this as a fan?” And he was like, “Tawny, we’re making a TV show. This isn’t about your wants and dreams.” But I think he ultimately heard the wisdom and what I was saying. And then he did rewrite the ending for me.
Have there been any other pitches you have made?
Yeah, there’s a lot of me trying to throw my weight around successfully and unsuccessfully sometimes. I spent so long doing improv and so long doing comedy that I’m pretty easy when someone’s like, “No.” I’m just like, “Alright.” But I also won’t stop pitching. So there’s a lot of stuff I pitched, especially in the Strange New Worlds crossover. There were a lot of… they really invited us to play and collaborate in a way that was so refreshing. And then having Jonathan Frakes at the helm for that was perfect.
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Rewatch the clip
Here is the clip of episode 8 of season 3 “Crisis Point 2: Paradoxus” revealed on Star Trek Day.
The third season of Star Trek: Lower Decks returned on Thursday, August 25, with new episodes dropping weekly on Thursdays, 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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