The latest episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks celebrated Deep Space Nine, including a couple of original cast cameos. And now the showrunner is talking about doing it again with Star Trek: Enterprise.
McMahan has faith of the heart
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lower Decks creator and showrunner Mike McMahan was asked about “bucket list” cameos, he named a few Star Trek actors he would like to work with including TOS’ George Takei and TNG’s Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, and Gates McFadden, but he also pointed to a series that hasn’t seen that much attention yet on the reference-rich animated comedy:
I’m a huge fan of [Star Trek: Enterprise], and I would love to work with as much of that cast as possible. I’ve been trying to figure out a respectful, cool, funny, surprising way to celebrate that show with Lower Decks and, you know, we’ve had 30 episodes. We haven’t gotten there yet.
In his Star Trek Day interview with TrekMovie McMahan revealed that the writing for season four was almost complete, so bringing in Enterprise characters may have to wait for season five, which McMahan is optimistic will be commissioned by Paramount Plus. Most of the legacy cameos for Lower Decks have been characters from shows also set in the 24th century (TNG, DS9, and Voyager) so it makes sense that it would take a bit more time to work out how to bring in characters from Enterprise, which was set in the 22nd century. But there certainly must be a way. Enterprise has had some love on the show, including the appearance of some Enterprise species like a Denobulan in “Mugato, Gumato.”
Pike’s crew wasn’t ready for the lower deckers
McMahan also talked about the upcoming Lower Decks live-action crossover with Strange New Worlds. He revealed he was involved in the scripting and offered a tease of what is to come, saying:
I also got to punch up the script and help make sure it felt like Lower Decks, so I was getting to write lines for Spock (Peck) and Uhura (Celia Rose Gooding) and Pike (Anson Mount). I will say, they may have gone to strange new worlds before, but they have never had strange new characters like mine showing up on the show. It’s funny, I feel like the Enterprise crew is really good at figuring out and handling aliens, but they’re completely flummoxed by how to deal with human beings like I created.
Tawny Newsome and Jack Quaid will appear in live action as Beckett Mariner and Brad Boimler in the second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which should arrive in 2023.
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.
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