We were complaining two weeks ago that Star Trek: Lower Decks was a month away and we still hadn’t seen a trailer for it. Looks like today was the day we got one.
Star Trek: Lower Decks brings the members of Starfleet into the medium of animation for the first time since Filmation did it back in the 70s. But it doesn’t follow anyone of high rank or importance…it concerns the crew of the fleet’s LEAST important Starship, the U.S.S. Cerritos — and even then, only the folks that work in its lower decks.
Ensign Mariner (played by Tawny Newsome), Ensign Boimler (played by Jack Quaid), Ensign Rutherford (voiced by Eugene Cordero) and Ensign Tendi (voiced by Noël Wells) are stuck doing the grunt work that no one else wants to degrade themselves with. The actual act of saving the day falls to the legitimate crew of the Cerritos’ bridge — Captain Carol Freeman (Dawnn Lewis), Commander Jack Ransom (Jerry O’Connell), Lieutenant Shaxs (Fred Tatasciore) and Dr. T’Ana (Gillian Vigman).
The trailer depicts a lot more crazy hijinks than a typical Starfleet Ensign usually gets into, but if they just did their jobs all the time and stayed out of trouble, we wouldn’t have a show. Star Trek: Lower Decks, which has been in development since 2018, finally premieres August 6, with new episodes appearing each Thursday afterward on CBS All Access.