Star Trek: Lower Decks Will Comedically Go to Air Next Month

Say hello to the U.S.S. Cerritos.
Say hello to the U.S.S. Cerritos.
Image: CBS

Surprise, Star Trek fans: you’re much closer to new Starfleet adventures than you might have expected! CBS has confirmed that the animated, goofier take on life aboard a Federation vessel is landing in just over a month.

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CBS confirmed today that Mike McMahan’s Lower Decks would begin streaming on CBS All Access starting August 6. The network also revealed a new poster alongside the announcement, which gives us our first look at the series’ starship: the U.S.S. Cerritos, where our hapless heroes—Ensigns Mariner (voiced by Tawny Newsome), Boimler (Jack Quaid), Tendi (Noël Wells), and Rutherford (Eugene Cordero)—serve in the titular lower decks. Because they’re the ones we’re actually following around this time, rather than the main bridge crew.

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It’s an...interesting take on Federation design circa the TNG era, given that Lower Decks takes place in 2380, just a year after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. You’ve got the classic saucer shape, but then it’s like someone shaved the bottom half of the Galaxy-Class off, flattened out the nacelles, and then strapped them on to the saucer with two ungainly struts. It’s recognizably Star Trek, but also kind of weird. Which is perfect, given that the Cerritos is described as “one of Starfleet’s least important ships.”

The full new poster for Lower Decks.
The full new poster for Lower Decks.
Image: CBS

We won’t have to wait much longer to see what she and her misfit crew get up to; Star Trek: Lower Decks will begin streaming on CBS All Access August 6 in the U.S., and at an undisclosed date in Canada on the CTV Sci-Fi Channel and Crave. No further information about international debuts or broadcasting partners has currently been announced.

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DISCUSSION

That Ship design looks like a Kit Bash of a Galaxy Class Ship that the designers of TNG made in 15 minutes to fill up the screen after the Battle of Wolf 359.

So it that regard it looks authentically ‘Trek’

I’m cautiously optimistic about this. Although the character designs look like they are rejected passes for background characters in an episode of Rick and Morty.