Podcast: All Access Drinks In A Trip To Deep Space 9 On ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’

All Access Star Trek podcast episode 110 - TrekMovie

[Review starts at 21:56]

Tony and Laurie kick things off with the very predictable news that the next Star Trek movie has come off of Paramount’s release calendar for 2023 and discuss what that may or may not mean for the future. They look ahead to Star Trek: Picard season 3 thanks to Tony’s Star Trek Day interview with makeup designer James MacKinnon and a tweet from the scoring stage from showrunner Terry Matalas, then check out new comics for Strange New Worlds and Lower Decks. After that, they talk about Tony’s Star Trek Day interviews with Mike McMahan and Nana Visitor, then dive into their review of Lower Decks episode 306, “Hear All, Trust Nothing.” They wrap things up with the EPK created for the premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation (happy 35th anniversary, TNG!) and the late great Louise Fletcher.


‘Star Trek 4’ Removed From Paramount Picture’s Release Calendar

Interview: ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Makeup Designer Talks Updating Worf And More Bucket List Aliens In Season 3

Terry Matalas tweets from scoring stage recording TNG theme for S3

‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds–The Illyrian Enigma’ Comic To Bridge The Gap Between Seasons 1 And 2

Review: Star Trek: Lower Decks #1 Is A Hilariously Perfect Comic Adaptation

Interview: Mike McMahan On “Big” Season 3 Finale And The Future Of ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’

Interview: Nana Visitor On Her Return To Star Trek And The Many Facets Of Kira Nerys

Interview: Nana Visitor Is Writing A Star Trek Book That Goes Where No Woman Has Gone Before

Adam Pally on The Mindy Project


Tony: ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Turns 35: Watch Original Electronic Press Kit From 1987

Laurie: ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ Actress Louise Fletcher Has Died and Louise Fletcher’s Academy Award acceptance speech for Best Actress for One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

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Armin Shimerman said on Twitter that he wore the teeth when recording. That “the voice isn’t Quark without them.”

Yeah we retweeted that so obviously we were wrong about that. We will perhaps do a correction next week

I really enjoy listening to you two, Saturday with my morning coffee. What is more relaxing than that!

I find that watching Lower Decks is like taking a Star Trek bath. There’s so many references to the Star Trek Universe but it’s done in a subtle way. Like Ransom’s comment about being in awe of the pylons… I can’t even put my finger on why this is so relevant but it is, and Mariner’s comment on the Mirror Universe and Smiley… and Rutherford’s babbling about wanting to have a heart to heart with a junior reporter, meaning Jake Sisko of course…

I also found that Quark’s rendering was somewhat superficial, but the character is so complex and multi-faceted that there’s a limit to what you can do in 20 minutes. I found the Cincinnati Orion dude extremely annoying, but in a good way, but my favourite part was that salon with the even more annoying women… When they started snapping that was almost too much for me, but then Jennifer tells Mariner to “destroy” them… Isn’t that what we all wanted?

About Nana Visitor’s comment on Kira being a difficult character for some people, I wondered about that too, but I think this is saying she’s a difficult character to write for considering how multi-level she is, which is what Laurie was saying.

All in all an excellent episode and great podcast as usual. Thank you.

So happy you enjoy the podcast! Being in awe of the pylons hit me on two levels. I used to think the DS9 open (and Voyager, and TNG) were just too damned long, they just seemed to go on forever while we just looked at the same image. But then, after all these years, it was also about WANTING to savor those pylons (and the DS9 image) again and being so excited that they were visiting the station. I thought it worked beautifully on both levels.

And yes, Adam Pally is that guy that you find annoying and then hilarious and then annoying and then hilarious and then in the end you like him. Perfect casting.

Lower Decks is so much fun!

I think you’re on to something with the DS9 opening. It does seem like the pylons are put on display to be admired… But speaking on openings, I do click on skip intro for DS9, TNG and Voyager, but I almost always watch the Lower Decks opening in its entirety. I love the music and the images… Cerritos seems like the typical underdog-turns-hero kind of thing. Maybe somewhere in an episode you’ll see a higher class Starfleet ship under attack and then you’ll see a squadron of Cali class ships warping in to save the day, lead by the Cerritos of course… Accompanied by that beautiful score. I know the Cerritos has it in her!

I used to always skip those long intros; these days I turn up the volume and bask a little. But the visuals, while stunning, don’t change that much, which is why the Lower Decks and Prodigy ones are more visually engaging.