We loved the animated TV series Star Trek Lower Decks and have been eagerly awaiting its second season. It won’t take long for us to get excited. Paramount+ will release S2 next month. The studio also debuted the first trailer for the series during Comic-Con@Home 2021’s Star Trek Universe panel. The same panel featured the first teaser of Star Trek; Prodigy.
(Spoilers: S1 of Star Trek Lower Decks Below.
We’ve already reported that this animated Star Trek series is the first since the Emmy-award winning Star Trek The Animated Series, which ran from 1973-1974. Lower Decks was part of the five-year deal Star Trek: Discovery creator and showrunner Alex Kurtzman made with CBS in order to grow the franchise. Kurtzman appointed Rick and Morty chief writer Mike McMahan as the leader of this project. It takes place chronologically after Star Trek: Nemesis 2002. The name refers to an episode from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
In Starfleet’s first season (which premiered in August), we met the crew who were serving aboard the USS Cerritos (2380). They included Ensigns Beckett Mariner, Brad Boimler, Jack Quaid, Sam Rutherford, D’Vana Tendi, and Noel Wells. Mariner is not strict about following rules. This contrasts starkly with Boimler’s rigid approach and dream of becoming a captain of his starship. Rutherford has a cyborg implant, which gives him some resemblance with Geordi from TNG. Tendi on the other hand is a new member of the medical bay who wants to please. Mariner said, “We are not elite.” “We’re the coolest, most scrappy underdogs.”
They had a wild time with S1 and encountered a virus that causes crew members to become raging zombies. Boimler was also bitten by an alien farm animal. Tendi created a dog for Tendi despite having very little knowledge about canine anatomy. Mariner got drunk with Klingon General who then stole the spacecraft.
Boimler’s temporarily homicidal, holographic assistant Badgey is a great example. We could also all get the “The Boimler Effect”, a directive that promotes “buffer” time so crew members can work at their own pace. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Deanna Trii (Marina Sirtis), as well as Q (John de Lancie), were all guests.
Kate Cox, who reviewed the series for Ars Technica described it as “comfort food but with a humorous twist.” The series was full of enough winks, nods, and jokes to appeal to Trekkies but not too much overindulgence. She concluded that Lower Decks is primarily a call to action in a world of lofty goals, monologued moral exhortations and countless other messages. It mainly asks us to examine ourselves before and after we do irreparable harm and to use the opportunity to have fun and screw around with the strangeities of space.
What can we expect to see in S2’s 10 episodes? McMahon stated that it would combine season-long character stories with standalone episodes, which includes one featuring Mariner and Tendi. This season won’t reverse the events that occurred in S1, where Lieutenant Shaxs, the security chief (Fred Tatasciore) died to save Rutherford. Rutherford’s memory problems will continue to plague him, so Boimler will take over the USS Titan. Mariner (Dawn Lewis), and Captain Carol Freeman, (Dawn Lewis), will be working together. Riker will be seen more as the captain of the Titan and we’ll see other Star Trek characters in cameos.
Star Trek Prodigy is a new Star Trek series that aims to appeal to a younger crowd than other Star Trek content. This story takes place in 2383, after the events of Star Trek Voyager. Kate Mulgrew, or rather her role as Captain Kathryn Janeway, will be back. This teaser shows that it will be toned and visually different than Lower Decks. According to the official premise
Star Trek Prodigy will be the Star Trek’s first series for younger viewers. It follows a group of alien teenagers as they try to figure out how best to collaborate and navigate a larger galaxy in their quest for a better tomorrow. The six Star Trek outcasts don’t know much about their ship, which is a first for the franchise. However, over the course of their adventure together they will be exposed to Starfleet as well as the ideals that it stands for.
Brett Gray plays Dal, a 17 year-old “maverick”, Rylee Aalazraqui portrays Rok-Tahk as an eight-year old Brikar who is passionate about animals, Jason Mantzoukas plays Jankom Pong as Zero, a Tellarite who delights in playing devil’s advocate, Ella Purnell plays Gwyn, a Vau N’Akat, and Dee Bradley Baker portrays Murf as an “indestructible blob,” who loves to eat ship parts. Billy Campbell, a guest star from TNG will return as Thaius Okona, rogue cargoer captain.
Star Trek Lower Decks 2 will air on Paramount+ from August 12th, 2021. The show was already renewed for its third season. Star Trek will air ten episodes later in the year on Paramount+. It will then air on Nickelodeon.
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Publited Fri, 23 July 2021 at 21:31.32 +0000