Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 1
review by Bobby Blakey
There is no denying that Star Trek is a franchise giant spawning from TV, movies, comics, books and more. In the 70s they dived into an animated series with the original crew that ran for two seasons complete with the original cast voicing their characters. In 2020 we headed back into the world of animation with a different kind of series Star Trek: Lower Decks that aired on CBS All-Access that has since changed over to Paramount +. Now the series is coming home with Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 1.
Star Trek: Lower Decks follows the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos, in 2380. Ensigns Beckett Mariner, Ensign Brad Boimler, Ensign Samanthan Rutherford and Ensign D’Vana Tendi who have to keep up with their duties and their social lives, while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies. The series features the voice talents of Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Eugene Cordero, Noël Wells, Dawnn Lewis, Jerry O’Connell, Fred Tatasciore and Gillian Vigman all bringing their own unique take on their characters.
I would lying if I said I wasn’t worried about what they were doing with this show. I expected it to be more of a parody and expected all around silliness. While there are plenty of laughs and fun this plays out in a lot different way than I expected. This show fully captures the essence of Star Trek while still being a lot of fun. They bring a new direction to life on a starship with some great new characters.
The show reminds of the sci-fi animated series Final Space that tries to keep it light and fun while still bringing the action and adventure. The animation is vibrant and I dig the style that just works perfectly. While it may not bring the depth that most Trek movies and series do it fully plants itself in the universe to perfection and offers up a fun and unique take in the franchise.
I loved this first season and hope future installments continue to evolve into bigger and better adventures and character development. Grab your copy of Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 1 available now on Blu-ray, DVD and limited edition SteelBook from CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment.