The animated collection Star Trek: Decrease Decks was certainly one of our favourite TV reveals of 2020, so we have been wanting ahead to its second season. We can’t have lengthy to attend. S2 drops subsequent month on Paramount+, and the studio debuted its first trailer throughout the Star Trek Universe panel at Comedian-Con@House 2021. That very same panel additionally gave us our first teaser for one more new animated collection, Star Trek: Prodigy.
(Spoilers for S1 of Star Trek: Decrease Decks under.)
As we have reported beforehand, that is the primary animated Star Trek collection because the Emmy-award-winning Star Trek: The Animated Collection (TAS), which ran from 1973 to 1974. Decrease Decks is a part of a five-year total deal that Star Trek: Discovery co-creator and showrunner Alex Kurtzman signed with CBS to increase the franchise. Kurtzman tapped Rick and Morty head author Mike McMahan to spearhead the mission. Chronologically, the present takes place after the occasions of the 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis; the title is an homage to an episode of Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology (TNG).
The primary season, which premiered final August, launched us to the assist crew serving on certainly one of Starfleet’s least essential ships, the USS Cerritos, in 2380: Ensigns Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome), Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid), Sam Rutherford (Eugene Cordero), and D’Vana Tendi (Noël Wells). Mariner adopts a lax method to following the foundations, which contrasts sharply with the angle of Boimler, who’s a stickler for the foundations and goals of being captain of his personal starship someday. Rutherford sports activities a cyborg implant and bears some resemblance to Geordi La Forge from TNG, whereas Tendi is an eager-to-please new addition to the medical bay. As Mariner says, “We’re not likely elite. We’re extra the cool, scrappy underdogs.”
Their madcap S1 adventures included the crew coping with an alien viral outbreak that turns crew members into raging zombies; Boimler getting slimed by an alien farm animal; Tendi making a pet canine regardless of her restricted information of canine anatomy; and Mariner getting drunk with a Klingon normal who proceeds to steal the shuttlecraft.
Who might overlook Boimler’s briefly homicidal holographic assistant Badgey? And we might all profit from “The Boimler impact,” a mandate that encourages scheduling in “buffer time” so crew members can full duties at their very own leisurely tempo. We additionally obtained visitor appearances by Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), and everybody’s favourite extra-dimensional being, Q (John de Lancie).
In her overview for Ars Technica, Kate Cox described the collection as “consolation meals with a comic book twist.” It included adequate winks and nods for hardcore Trekkies with out veering too far into over-indulgence. “In a universe of lofty objectives and monologued ethical exhortations, Decrease Decks primarily begs us to verify ourselves earlier than (and after) we wreck ourselves and to take the alternatives to screw round, have enjoyable, and benefit from the absurdities of area when they’re offered,” she concluded.
So what can we anticipate from S2’s ten episodes? McMahon has mentioned the season will mix standalone episodes with season-long character arcs, together with one involving Mariner and Tendi. The season is not going to undo any of the occasions of S1, which noticed the demise of safety chief Lieutenant Shaxs (Fred Tatasciore), who sacrificed himself to save lots of Rutherford. Rutherford shall be battling some lingering reminiscence points because of these occasions, and Boimler will now be engaged on the USS Titan. In the meantime, Mariner and Captain Carol Freeman (Dawnn Lewis)—revealed to be her mom final season—shall be studying the best way to work collectively. We’ll even be seeing extra of Riker as captain of the Titan, plus some further cameos by different characters from previous Star Trek collection.
Star Trek: Prodigy shall be a really completely different beast, geared toward a youthful viewers than the same old Star Trek fare. It is set in 2383 and takes place after the occasions of Star Trek: Voyager. In actual fact, Kate Mulgrew will return to voice Captain Kathryn Janeway—or quite, her look because the ship’s Emergency Coaching Hologram. The present is predicted to be completely different from Decrease Decks in each tone and visible fashion, and this primary teaser is actually consistent with that concept. Per the official premise:
Star Trek: Prodigy is the primary Star Trek collection geared toward youthful audiences and can comply with a motley crew of younger aliens who should determine the best way to work collectively whereas navigating a larger galaxy, in seek for a greater future. These six younger outcasts know nothing in regards to the ship they’ve commandeered—a primary within the historical past of the Star Trek Franchise—however over the course of their adventures collectively, they are going to every be launched to Starfleet and the beliefs it represents.
The primary solid options Brett Grey as Dal, a 17-year-old “maverick”; Rylee Alazraqui as Rok-Tahk, an eight-year-old Brikar who loves animals; Angus Imrie as Zero, a non corporeal energy-based Medusan; Jason Mantzoukas as Jankom Pong, a Tellarite who enjoys taking part in satan’s advocate; Ella Purnell as Gwyn, a Vau N’Akat who grew up on a mining planet; and Dee Bradley Baker as Murf, an “indestructible blob” who likes to chow down on ship components. As well as, visitor star Billy Campbell shall be again as rogue freighter captain Thaius Okona from TNG.
Star Trek: Decrease Decks S2 will debut on Paramount+ on August 12, 2021, and the present has already been renewed for a 3rd season. Star Trek: Prodigy is predicted to land later this yr with ten episodes on Paramount+. After that, it should air on Nickelodeon.
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