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Star Trek: Lower Decks boss hints classic Next Generation characters will return

Star Trek: Discovery's third season remains a bit of a mystery, but one Star Trek spin-off that's proceeding at warp speed is the animated comedy series Lower Decks. Yes, that's right – an animated comedy series.

First announced back in 2018, Lower Decks is from the mind of Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan. Ahead of the show's release, the creator has hinted that some familiar Star Trek favourites may well appear.

The Star Trek sitcom (if we can call it that) is set during the time period of the late '80s and early '90s classic The Next Generation, and now Mike has told Entertainment Weekly that fans can possibly expect "a lot of recognisable characters" to pop up.

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Although stopping short at naming names, he explained: "There are a lot of recognisable characters in the galaxy at that point. Next Gen is my favourite era. And as a huge Trek fan, I would definitely want to try to use some of them so that I could not only build out the world, but also work with some of my heroes."

Unfortunately, that's all we're getting on matter – for now.

"But I can't get more specific than that," he added, teasing: "You'll have to wait and see."

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But if it's a Next Generation reunion you want, then you needn't rely on Lower Decks to deliver the goods, as the cast of the series actually got together earlier this year.

Marina Sirtis, who played Deanna Troi on the show, recently rang in her 65th birthday with the cast in a virtual, socially-distanced reunion.

Everyone from Jean-Luc Picard, to Worf, Wesley Crusher, and Data were there, proving that the Next Generation team really do continue to live long and prosper.

Star Trek: Discovery returns for season 3 in 2020. It airs on CBS All Access in the US and Netflix internationally, including the UK.


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