Title: Star Trek: Lower Decks
Release Date: 2020
Creator: Mike McMahan
Production Company: CBS Eye Animation Productions | Secret Hideout | Important Science | Roddenberry Entertainment | Titmouse, Inc.
Starfleet: they’re just like us! The animated comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks shows the perspective of low-ranking crew members aboard the starship U.S.S. Cerritos. The four main characters included Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome) a wise-cracking rule-breaker who is the captain’s daughter, although neither of them publicly acknowledge their relationship. Mariner befriends the nerdy but ambitious Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid) who is a stickler for the rules. The cast is rounded out with D’Vana Tendi (Noël Wells), an Orion medical ensign who is very enthusiastic about everything Starfleet, and Sam Rutherford (Eugene Cordero), an engineering ensign adjusting to a new cyborg implant.
This show isn’t breaking any ground as joking about the tropes and conventions of Star Trek go back a long way. The adult animation style and humor are also nothing new as it’s pretty similar to your run-of-the-mill animated shows on The Cartoon Network/Adult Swim. And yet, I found the show had a goofy charm I enjoyed. Maybe Discovery and Picard set me up to have low expectations for the Paramount+ Star Trek Universe. I definitely felt this show improved vastly as the season went along and I would be happy to watch more when season 2 is released.