First Full Trailer for Star Trek: Lower Decks Leans Into Risque Humor
When Seth MacFarlane created The Orville, many fans felt that what the network promoted a sa comedy show was actually the best Star Trek-style show to come along in years. MacFarlane learned to add genuine science fiction to his humor. But now the actual Star Trek looks to add adult animated humor to its canonical universe. The new trailer for Star Trek: Lower Decks features jokes about nudity, drinking, and “Holodeck waste removal, ” of course. (Don’t they have replicators to just convert that on a molecular level?)
Real threats like the Borg still seem present, but the new animated series focuses on the mundane tasks of a group of ensigns who dream big and work menial. In a throwback to the very first Star Trek animated series, the catlike Caitian species looks integrated into the crew. One such feline, Lieutenant M’Ress, occasionally subbed for Uhura on the original cartoon Enterprise.
Per Deadline, “The Starfleet crew residing in the “lower decks” of the U.S.S. Cerritos, includes Ensign Beckett Mariner, voiced by Tawny Newsome, Ensign Brad Boimler, voiced by Jack Quaid, Ensign Tendi, voiced by Noël Wells and Ensign Rutherford, voiced by Eugene Cordero.
The Starfleet characters that comprise the ship’s bridge crew include Captain Carol Freeman, voiced by Dawnn Lewis, Commander Jack Ransom, voiced by Jerry O’Connell, Lieutenant Shaxs, voiced by Fred Tatasciore and Doctor T’Ana, voiced by Gillian Vigman.”
Watch the trailer in the player below. What do you make of Star Trek going the adult animation route? Beam into comments to let us know.
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