Star Trek: Lower Deck aims to poke fun at the conventions of the venerable deep space franchise. Set some years after Star Trek: Nemesis, it concerns itself with low level ensigns serving aboard a starship specializing in second contact negotiations and surveys. But as this preview for the rest of the season indicates, that premise means plenty of accidents, misfires, and the misuse of the Vulcan greeting.
We have to admit, the show is it a little too high energy, which we understand is a feature of a lot of modern animation. That said, the first episode indicates a lot of love for Trek as a suite of storytelling tools — the date in the middle of a rage zombie outbreak is some inspired riffing — we just hope the characters get to show a little more range across the season. Ensign Boimler (Jack Quaid), in particular, is such a stick-in-the-mud, we hope he figures out how to remove the stick quickly and have some fun.
For the moment, we’re sticking with it, but it will be interesting to see if Star Trek can fit the hyperactive form of older audience animation in the long term.
Star Trek: Lower Decks streams Thursdays on CBS All Access