Star Trek: Lower Decks May Feature Some Next Generation Cameos
Star Trek: Lower Decksis being pitched as the first animated comedy series in the franchise, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to skimp on the connections to the wider Trek universe. Given that it’s focused on the lower-level officers on a not-very-important ship in Starfleet’s armada, you might not think any familiar characters would turn up on the show. However, that may actually be something we can expect from the series.
Showrunner Mike McMahan has previously revealed that Lower Decks will be set during the same part of the timeline as The Next Generation, which is his particular favorite Trek series. In a new chat with Entertainment Weekly, McMahan went even further in his hints, as this time he teased that the animated show could even see some TNG characters drop by.
Though he stops short of confirming anything, it certainly sounds like McMahan has got a few surprises up his sleeve. In many ways, it makes a lot of sense to get some TNG crossovers going in Lower Decks, as a bunch of the stars of the show have already come back to Trek in Picardseason 1 – namely, Sir Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner. Stewart would obviously be the natural choice for a cameo, given his stature and his comedy voice acting chops, but we’ll have to see what awaits us.
McMahan went on to elaborate on Lower Decks’ approach to Trek lore, promising that just because it’s a comedy that doesn’t mean it won’t treat the mythology of it all with a sense of seriousness.
Star Trek: Lower Deckshas been able to keep going through the lockdown, so isn’t being hit by a delay like its live-action counterparts. It’s yet to be given a release date, but it’s definitely coming to CBS All Access sometime later this year.