Earlier this year we heard rumblings that CBS was planning to expand on the successful first season of Star Trek: Discovery by developing several additional Star Trek shows for their CBS All Access streaming service. The first of those new shows, a Jean-Luc Picard series, has already been announced with Patrick Stewart confirmed to be returning to the role 16 years after his final appearance in Star Trek: Nemesis. Now this week we are getting our first details about another very different Star Trek series: a half-hour animated comedy called Star Trek: Lower Deck. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to THR, CBS All Access has given a two-season, straight-to-series order to a Star Trek-themed half-hour animated comedy from Rick and Morty writer and producer Mike McMahan and long-time Star Trek producer Alex Kurtzman. McMahan has already combined his sense of humour with his love of Star Trek in a popular Twitter account called @TNG_S8, which posts fake plots for unaired episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He is also working with Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland on an upcoming animated sci-fi comedy series called Solar Opposites and he wrote one of the upcoming Star Trek: Short Treks episodes as well.
Star Trek: Lower Deck was initially pitched by McMahan as “a show about the people who put the yellow cartridge in the food replicator so a banana can come out the other end.” In other words, it sounds like another quirky workplace comedy inspired by The Office. Given the popularity of Rick and Morty and the emergence of recent Trek parodies like Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville, Final Space and the Black Mirror episode “USS Callister”, this seems like a no-brainer. Would you watch an animated Star Trek comedy series?