Behind every glamorous Starfleet captain is an unsung squad of lower-level workers who keep the spacecraft going. With Star Trek: Lower Decks, a CBS All Access streaming comedy show that explores life under the bridge, the flags are finally getting their money's worth.
The episodes of Lower Decks take half an hour each and focus on the crew of the USS Cerritos. It is streamed on the CBS All Access subscription service. (Disclosure: CBS is the parent company of CNET.)
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What is Lower Decks about?
Lower Decks takes place in 2380, shortly after the events of the next-generation movie Star Trek: Nemesis. This means that the USS Cerritos are in the same period as Picard and his crew and the Voyager in use.
Co-Creatordescribed the Cerritos as "a non-important vessel in Starfleet" during the SDCC panel. Cerritos is the Spanish word for "little hills", so the name of a spaceship is not as majestic as Enterprise, Voyager or Discovery.
The spaceship belongs to a new class of ships, the California class, and will feature a completely new design. We do not know yet what it looks like, but we know that a holodeck is on board.
Four Ensigns voiced by Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells and Eugene Cordero are the stars of the show. McMahan said the stories fit Trek's legacy and universe: "Every Star Trek is about a family, and our show is about a family, it's just not the same family you've seen before," he said.
Fans of the original animated series can look forward to some extraterrestrials that appeared only in this earlier series.
Meet the Lower Decks Ensign
Newsome described Ensign Mariner to SDCC as a "crazy rock 'roll party queen" and said she was good at Starfleet in all things and should be in the ranks ahead be as her.
Quaid was also on the SDCC jury, saying his character, Ensign Boimler, is on the books and eager to become a captain. He has book smarts but is not so good at putting his knowledge into practice.
Ensign Tendi (Noël Wells) experiences her first working day in the pilot series of Lower Decks. She is a big fan of Starfleet and works in the medical department. "There is no gross alien disease that she does not necessarily want to deal with," McMahan said.
Ensign Rutherford (Eugene Cordero) is an engineer and has a fresh cyborg implant on his head. "Like Geordi La Forge, he's a great engineer, but unlike Georgi La Forge, he does not solve the problem until the end of each episode," McMahan said.
Here's how to watch Star Trek: Lower Decks
CBS All Access has not yet set a release date for lower decks, but will be available in the streaming service by 2020. The first season will include 10 episodes.
Another new trek show,will debut in early 2020 on CBS All Access Trek Universe.
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This piece was originally released on July 25th and will be updated as more information about Lower Decks becomes available.