The animated sequence Star Trek: Lower Decks was considered one of our favourite TV exhibits of 2020, so we have been wanting ahead to its second season. We will not have lengthy to attend. S2 drops subsequent month on Paramount+, and the studio debuted its first trailer through the Star Trek Universe panel at Comic-Con@Home 2021. That similar panel additionally gave us our first teaser for one more new animated sequence, Star Trek: Prodigy.
(Spoilers for S1 of Star Trek: Lower Decks under.)
As we have reported beforehand, that is the primary animated Star Trek sequence because the Emmy-award-winning Star Trek: The Animated Series (TAS), which ran from 1973 to 1974. Lower Decks is a part of a five-year general deal that Star Trek: Discovery co-creator and showrunner Alex Kurtzman signed with CBS to broaden the franchise. Kurtzman tapped Rick and Morty head author Mike McMahan to spearhead the undertaking. Chronologically, the present takes place after the occasions of the 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis; the identify is an homage to an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG).
The first season, which premiered final August, launched us to the help crew serving on considered one of Starfleet’s least necessary ships, the USS Cerritos, in 2380: Ensigns Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome), Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid), Sam Rutherford (Eugene Cordero), and D’Vana Tendi (Noël Wells). Mariner adopts a lax strategy to following the foundations, which contrasts sharply with the angle of Boimler, who’s a stickler for the foundations and desires of being captain of his personal starship someday. Rutherford sports activities a cyborg implant and bears some resemblance to Geordi La Forge from TNG, whereas Tendi is an eager-to-please new addition to the medical bay. As Mariner says, “We’re probably not elite. We’re more the cool, scrappy underdogs.”
Their madcap S1 adventures included the crew coping with an alien viral outbreak that turns crew members into raging zombies; Boimler getting slimed by an alien farm animal; Tendi making a pet canine regardless of her restricted data of canine anatomy; and Mariner getting drunk with a Klingon normal who proceeds to steal the shuttlecraft.
Who may overlook Boimler’s briefly homicidal holographic assistant Badgey? And we may all profit from “The Boimler impact,” a mandate that encourages scheduling in “buffer time” so crew members can full duties at their very own leisurely tempo. We additionally obtained visitor appearances by Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), and everybody’s favourite extra-dimensional being, Q (John de Lancie).
In her evaluation for Ars Technica, Kate Cox described the sequence as “consolation meals with a comic book twist.” It included adequate winks and nods for hardcore Trekkies with out veering too far into over-indulgence. “In a universe of lofty objectives and monologued ethical exhortations, Lower Decks primarily begs us to examine ourselves earlier than (and after) we wreck ourselves and to take the alternatives to screw round, have enjoyable, and benefit from the absurdities of area when they’re offered,” she concluded.
So what can we anticipate from S2’s ten episodes? McMahon has stated the season will mix standalone episodes with season-long character arcs, together with one involving Mariner and Tendi. The season won’t undo any of the occasions of S1, which noticed the demise of safety chief Lieutenant Shaxs (Fred Tatasciore), who sacrificed himself to save lots of Rutherford. Rutherford will probably be combating some lingering reminiscence points because of these occasions, and Boimler will now be engaged on the USS Titan. Meanwhile, Mariner and Captain Carol Freeman (Dawnn Lewis)—revealed to be her mom final season—will probably be studying the right way to work collectively. We’ll even be seeing more of Riker as captain of the Titan, plus some further cameos by different characters from previous Star Trek sequence.
Star Trek: Prodigy will probably be a really totally different beast, aimed toward a youthful viewers than the standard Star Trek fare. It’s set in 2383 and takes place after the occasions of Star Trek: Voyager. In truth, Kate Mulgrew will return to voice Captain Kathryn Janeway—or reasonably, her look because the ship’s Emergency Training Hologram. The present is anticipated to be totally different from Lower Decks in each tone and visible model, and this primary teaser is definitely in line with that concept. Per the official premise:
Star Trek: Prodigy is the primary Star Trek sequence aimed toward youthful audiences and can observe a motley crew of younger aliens who should determine the right way to work collectively whereas navigating a better galaxy, in seek for a greater future. These six younger outcasts know nothing in regards to the ship they’ve commandeered—a primary within the historical past of the Star Trek Franchise—however over the course of their adventures collectively, they may every be launched to Starfleet and the beliefs it represents.
The primary forged options Brett Gray as Dal, a 17-year-old “maverick”; Rylee Alazraqui as Rok-Tahk, an eight-year-old Brikar who loves animals; Angus Imrie as Zero, a non corporeal energy-based Medusan; Jason Mantzoukas as Jankom Pong, a Tellarite who enjoys enjoying satan’s advocate; Ella Purnell as Gwyn, a Vau N’Akat who grew up on a mining planet; and Dee Bradley Baker as Murf, an “indestructible blob” who likes to chow down on ship components. In addition, visitor star Billy Campbell will probably be again as rogue freighter captain Thaius Okona from TNG.
Star Trek: Lower Decks S2 will debut on Paramount+ on August 12, 2021, and the present has already been renewed for a 3rd season. Star Trek: Prodigy is anticipated to land later this yr with ten episodes on Paramount+. After that, it is going to air on Nickelodeon.
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