The expansion of the Star Trek brand via the CBS All Access streaming service has been pretty successful for me so far in that I love Discovery, especially the Short Treks and the second season with Pike, and I quite enjoyed the Picard series. We learned back in 2018 that they’ve given a two-season order for Star Trek: Lower Decks, an animated series that’s coming from Mike McMahan. A long-time fan of the overall property, he’s got a lot of clout to work with as he was the head writer of Rick & Morty as well as the executive producer.
With the third season getting a renewal back in April of 2021 and a fourth season plotted for a 2023 debut, we’re in that sweet spot where we’re waiting to see what the third season will be like. After getting a teaser for it recently, the folks at Paramount+ have now dropped some new key art below which sets an August 25th, 2022 debut for the new ten-episode season.
The main cast includes:
- Tawny Newsome as Beckett Mariner
- Jack Quaid as Brad Boimler
- Noël Wells as Tendi
- Eugene Cordero as Rutherford
- Dawnn Lewis as Carol Freeman
- Jerry O’Connell as Jack Ransom
- Fred Tatasciore as Shaxs
- Gillian Vigman as T’ Ana
The first season is slotted at ten episodes with a 2020 premiere planned. It takes place in 2380, a year after Star Trek: Nemesis and episodes will be 30-minutes in length.
It’ll be the first animated project for the service and is the first project under the new CBS Eye Animation Productions that’s looking to get in on this market. Naturally, Roddenberry Entertainment will be involved as well as Alex Kurtzman’s shop Secret Hideout that is working the overall expansion of the franchise for Paramount.
“Mike won our hearts with his first sentence: ‘I want to do a show about the people who put the yellow cartridge in the food replicator so a banana can come out the other end.’ His cat’s name is Riker. His son’s name is Sagan. The man is committed,” Kurtzman said when the show was announced in 2018. “He’s brilliantly funny and knows every inch of every Trek episode, and that’s his secret sauce: he writes with the pure, joyful heart of a true fan. As we broaden the world of ‘Trek’ to fans of all ages, we’re so excited to include Mike’s extraordinary voice.”
Deadline also has this wonderful nugget that has me really interested with, “In 2011 McMahan started a Twitter account where he posted episode plots to a fake season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. They were such a hit that Simon & Schuster hired him to write a readers’ guide to a fictitious eighth season of TNG titled Star Trek: The Next Generation: Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season. ”
“As a life-long Trekkie, it’s a surreal and wonderful dream come true to be a part of this new era of Star Trek,” said McMahan. “While Star Trek: Lower Decks is a half-hour, animated show at its core, it’s undeniably Trek – and I promise not to add an episode at the very end that reveals the whole thing took place in a training program.”
Plot Concept: The series focuses on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos, in 2380. Ensigns Mariner, Boimler, Rutherford, and Tendi have to keep up with their duties and their social lives, often while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies.