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Star Trek: Lower Decks boss confirms return of "legacy" franchise characters in season 1

Star Trek: Lower Decks viewers should watch closely for some very familiar characters from the past.

The animated comedy series, which released this week on CBS All Access in the US, is set on the service decks of the Starfleet cruiser U.S.S. Cerritos in the year 2380.

As any super-fan of Trek lore will know, the timeline places Star Trek: Lower Decks just one year after the conclusion of the Next Generation movie Nemesis and around five years before the flashbacks from Picard.

Because of its proximity to the Next Generation canon, Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan says he was given approval to use some "legacy" characters.

Related: Here's how Lower Decks connects to the wider Star Trek franchise

"We do have legacy actors who show up in the first season of Lower Decks and we have gotten to have a little bit of where are they now sort of vibe through a Lower Decks lens," he explained to Inverse.

"But I gotta say, if anyone wants Mariner to show up on their live-action Star Treks, you've got to have Tawny [Newsome]."

McMahan's latest comments are especially interesting since he previously hinted at the possibility of Next Generation characters, specifically, popping up in Lower Decks.

"There are a lot of recognisable characters in the galaxy at that point. Next Gen is my favourite era," he told EW over the summer. "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."

Related: Star Trek reveals first details about new spin-off series Strange New Worlds

Star Trek: Lower Decks is now streaming on CBS All Access in the US.


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