This week, Star Trek: Lower Decks continues the new fourth season with the fourth episode which features a visit to an important Star Trek planet. We have details and the first images.
“Something Borrowed, Something Green”
The fourth episode of season 4 is called “Something Borrowed, Something Green.” The episode was written by Grace Parra Janney and directed by Bob Suarez. It arrives on Paramount+ on Thursday, September 21.
Tendi is summoned back to Orion for a wedding.
First trip to Orion
This episode actually marks the first official franchise visit to Orion. In his pre-season interview with TrekMovie.com, supervising director Barry J. Kelly talked about how the team approached creating Orion.
This season will actually be the first franchise visit to Orion…
I know, right? That’s crazy. How can we not have gotten to Orion before?
So when you’re given a challenge like that to build Orion from scratch, how do you start with that kind of blank page?
Heavy is the burden for making a world that has seemed to exist for 50 years of Star Trek canon that we have never seen before. Our art director Nollan Obena is fantastic. He always points out to me that on our planet Florida doesn’t look like Nebraska. So if you watch the episode, who knows how far the distances are traveled between points on Orion. Like on DS9, they talk about beaming from Starfleet Academy in San Francisco to Sisko’s dad’s restaurant in New Orleans. So in Trek technology, I think once you see a location it doesn’t have to stay looking like that exact location you started with. So we get to see different parts of Orion. I feel like even the first time you see where we go on Orion, maybe it’s not exactly what you thought it was, maybe it looks like farmland or something, but then we still show that they go to a bustling Blade Runner-feeling city. And it feels like all these places can exist on one planet because the planet is diverse. On the live-action shows, the pirate theme is clear. But pirates and drug lords get pretty snazzy homes. They live on island resorts that do not look like a pirate ship or anything like that.
So I think we’re able to give more layers and texture to Orions in general because Tendi herself is someone who’s finding herself in this situation that maybe her social circles are starting to collide. I always get stressed out when that happens. You never know if these worlds are going to collide for the good or worse. So going to Orion is a heavy burden and I think we made enough little pieces that every version that if you had a version in your head of what you thought Orion looks like, we hit it. Because that’s kind of what you’re dealing with adding texture to new canon. All of us have read things, or been a fan of something, and we all have kind of some version in our heads of what that might be. And we’re always trying to make the most iconic version of what we think that is so it supports what you think that planet looks like.
You can see some clips from the visit to Orion in the SDCC trailer…
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