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Star Trek: Lower Decks goes boldly where no Trek has gone before: comedy!  After half a century of different shows and films that mostly played it straight, Lower Decks lovingly has fun playing in the same universe as its predecessors, taking a lighter approach while maintaining sincerity.



Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020–)



Released: 05 Aug 2020
Rated: TV-MA
Runtime: N/A




Director: N/A
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure



Cast: Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells
Writer(s): Mike McMahan



Plot: The support crew serving on one of Starfleet's least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos, have to keep up with their duties, often while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies.



IMDB rating: 7.0
MetaScore: N/A





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I just started watching the blu-ray last night, so that I'm caught up by the time season 2 starts in August. I enjoy this show a lot, and as I said when it aired, it is clearly produced by people who just love Star Trek. And it shows.
 

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Just found your review Josh! I missed it earlier. Good review! This wasn’t a show that grabbed me right away, but yes, it became much better as it evolved and was affectionate towards the franchise. I am about to order it along with some other titles. For some reason I thought it wasn’t out yet.

About the voice cast, I thought it was very interesting that Jerry O’Connell and his wife Rebecca Romijn are both in new Star Trek series. :)

I was thinking as you know that there was a period during TOS that Gene Coon produced several comedy episodes, but yes, these were quickly shut down by Roddenberry to return to straight dramatic episodes. I never thought the later shows used comedy at the expense of the fans. Maybe I didn’t see it? There was one DS9 episode that I thought was a nice commentary about fandom and how Rom on DS9 would play with his favorite toy figures and there was a comment about how much more valuable they’d be if he left them in the original packaging. it didn’t seem mean.

At any rate, I’ll be ordering this set and I look forward to revisiting it.
 

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I never thought the later shows used comedy at the expense of the fans.

I don’t think they did either. That was meant more as a real world reference to the way pop culture really ran with the whole Shatner SNL “get a life” joke about Trek fans. I remember years and years where owning up to being a Trek fan was basically like asking to get your lunch money stolen. For years, especially in the 90s and 00s, it felt like the only “humor” around Trek was when some sitcom or another would use some lazy “Trek fans all live in their mom’s basement” jokes over and over. It seems like things have come around in a good way now that we Trek fans can have a laugh with the show instead of just being the butt of someone else’s joke.
 

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Hey Josh, thanks for clearing that up. I guess I interpreted the comment not in the way you meant. I certainly know what you mean about being a Star Trek fan during those years and before that even. It’s interesting and I’m not sure if it’s connected, but the Star Wars fans maybe have experienced similar prejudices as well, but with the wider appeal of that franchise, it might have helped open the doors for more Star Trek fandom acceptance at a wider level.
 

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My copy of Lower Decks arrived yesterday, it was the steel book version. I was amazed it arrived unscathed as it was in those thin brown paper envelopes from Amazon. I have not removed the shrink wrap yet, but it does not have any obvious dents. Will dig into this tomorrow night.
 

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Didn’t get a chance to post a comment last week. I did watch the first episode last Sunday night, it’s been a kind of fun ritual to watch these new Star Trek shows on Sunday night every since Discovery premiered on Sunday. So it’s nice to watch some new Star Trek material on Sunday again.

I said it when I first saw this episode and I still feel the same, I thought Mariner was not a very positive character because she was fighting the system in a way and subverting the kind of Star Trek characters we are used to. But on this viewing, I sort of see that it was to contrast Boimer’s more naive character whose gung-ho Starfleet material with Mariner. So it’s like they are setting those two characters up to show how they both change during the first season.

Tonight I’ll be viewing the second episode.
 

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I like Lower Decks well enough to buy a Angry Badgey pin for my work lanyard. :)

Lower Decks is fascinating to me it can't exist without 60 years and so many TV series and movie series preceeding. It's so meta, riffing off of and playing off of literal generations of scifi tropes. But it's not tediously deriviatve: it needs that collective cultural knowledge to succeed, but within that framework, is telling solid stories.

Currently, I'm of the opinion that there is none fo the new Trek is great. It's all decent and fun. But none of it is sublime the way the best of the current TV shows are (The Mandalorian, The Expanse, The Boys).

But of Paramount's Star Trek offerings, I probably like Lower Decks the best overall. It's new and fresh and while dependent on what came before, it's not shackled to the past.
 

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Lower Decks is fascinating to me it can't exist without 60 years and so many TV series and movie series preceeding. It's so meta, riffing off of and playing off of literal generations of scifi tropes.

And here’s what I think is one of the amazing things about all of that: this is one of the most accessible Trek shows to people coming in with no knowledge of or history of the franchise. I know people who are enjoying this show who never previously watched Star Trek. Because the show is built on the twin pillars of Trek and the animated sitcom, if you understand the cartoon vernacular, that’s good enough.
 

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Just finished the Blu-ray, after watching the show when it aired last year. I love it. It’s so much fun, and so packed for people who know and love Star Trek.
PS the extras on the Blu-ray are terrific.
 

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