‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Creator: “I’m such a fan of Star Trek.”

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‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ is an animated series following the starship U.S.S. Cerritos and the crew featuring the unlucky Boimler (Jack Quaid), rebel Mariner (Tawny Newsome), naive Tendi (Noël Wells), and eager engineer Rutherford (Eugene Cordero). The wackiness of acts as a sort of self-parody of Gene Roddenberry’s science fiction adventure franchise.

Series creator Mike McMahan sat down with Collider to discuss the show and what he has in store for season two.

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“I think that parody and homage kind of live hand in hand when you’re doing the kind of stuff we’re doing,” he said. “We did kind of edge into parody because we are fitting an entire two-hour something movie into less than 30 minutes and you want to hit all of the beats that makes it feel like a Star Trek movie, but also say something about your characters so it comes fast, it comes hard, it’s a little bit more on the nose, maybe, in a good way.”

When asked how much freedom he was given, he answered, “Total freedom.”

“And on no other show do I police myself as much, because I’m such a fan of Star Trek that it’s important to me that we are as funny as we can be without breaking Star Trek at all times and without being mean about Star Trek,” McMahan explained. “But the bedrock of everything is we just want to make an amazing Star Trek show that happens to be fast, funny and animated.”

The showrunner also teased what is coming for the second season.

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“The new security officer, I just want to tease, is very funny and I love him as well,” he said. “I think we’re going to be seeing Boimler’s got a bit of a be careful what you wish for, with being on the Titan. So we’re going to have Jonathan Frakes as Riker back and the Pakleds still remain a threat. I don’t know. Season 2 feels like the last three episodes of Season 1, but just right from the get-go. It feels like we know what we’re doing, we’re having a good time doing it, and then we’re actually writing Season 3 now.”

The second season of ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ is set to premiere in August on the Paramount Plus streaming service.


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