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Star Trek: Lower Decks Writer Wants to Use The Next Generation Characters for Upcoming Series

June 21, 2020 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
Star Trek Lower Decks

Entertainment Weekly recently spoke to writer Mike McMahan, who is currently working on the upcoming animated series, Star Trek: Lower Decks. According to McMahan, who has previously worked on Rick & Morty, he would like the new show to feature some characters from The Next Generation era of Trek, which is his personal favorite. The show is actually set during 2380, which is one year after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, the last feature film to star the Next Generation cast of the Enterprise. Below are some highlights:

On the show being about the lower-ranked crew members: “The big stories are happening in the bridge crew and there’s more kind of social-emotional stories happening to the Lower Deckers. So it’s like their job and the world they’re in get affected by these sci-fi stories. But the funny thing too is that whatever menial job you have to do in Star Trek, it might be something that they do every day, but it’s still sort of a fascinating look into stuff that happens onboard that haven’t been highlighted in another series. So instead of being on the turbolift — the elevators in Trek — our guys are repairing the turbolift. We also spend a lot of time in the bar. You’ll also see the Lower Deckers go on away missions doing things that the bridge crew doesn’t have to deal with.”

On the lower deck crew’s interactions with Captain Carol Freeman: “She is sort of trying to do this balancing act that all captains do, where they demand respect and are admired and trusted by the crew, but then they also kind of have to be the bad guy. And a thing we play with a lot is that the Lower Deckers don’t always get all the information they’re delegated to, but they don’t get to have a voice and they don’t get to know the context a lot of the time.”

McMahan on wanting to include Next Gen era characters: “There are a lot of recognizable characters in the galaxy at that point. Next Gen is my favorite 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. But I can’t get more specific than that. You’ll have to wait and see.”

Star Trek: Lower Decks is expected to debut later this year on CBS All Access.