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Star Trek: Lower Decks reveals first look at classic character's return

Star Trek's latest spin-off, the animated comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks, has revealed a classic character who will be returning.

The series is set just one year after the conclusion of the Next Generation movie Nemesis and around five years before the flashbacks from Picard, so having some familiar characters arrive would make sense.

Thanks to a new midseason trailer, which you can watch above, we know that Q, the omnipotent being with immeasurable power over time and space and a distinct lack of appreciation for the human race, will be back.

Q, portrayed by John de Lancie, first appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation and has been seen across the franchise since. The actor will be reprising his role for Star Trek: Lower Decks.

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Q will return "to menace the crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos in his judge's robes" according toComic Book Resources.

"We do have John de Lancie as Q in a small part," Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan recently confirmed in a panel for the animated series as part of a virtual Star Trek Day celebration.

"The whole show is not about him, but it's hard to make a TNG-era show and not have Q show up. Eagle-eyed viewers will catch him."

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McMahan previously teased that some "legacy" characters will definitely find themselves in the new series due to the timeline.

"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.

Star Trek: Discovery airs on CBS All Access in the US and Netflix internationally, including the UK. Star Trek: Picard airs on CBS All Access in the US and Amazon Prime Video internationally, including the UK.


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