Star Trek: Lower Decks is an American adult animated television series created by Mike McMahan for the streaming service CBS All Access.
It is the ninth series in the Star Trek franchise, and was launched in 2020 as part of executive producer Alex Kurtzman’s expansion of the franchise.
Lower Decks is the first animated series created for All Access, and the first animated Star Trek series since the 1973-1974 series Star Trek: The Animated Series.
Boimler volunteers to test Rutherford’s new transporter upgrade which malfunctions, leaving him ‘phasing’, glowing blue and emitting an irritating sound. Tendi genetically engineers a ‘dog’, which based on her misunderstanding of Earth biology has an array of freakish abilities. Both are transferred for medical care on board the USS Osler, which is also transporting a host of other Starfleet officers who have suffered similar bizarre accidents and deformities. The captain states they are being taken to ‘The Farm’, which the lead patient believes does not exist, and that they will be kept prisoner on the Osler permanently. Meanwhile, Captain Freeman and Commander Ransom are assigned to a covert (but benign) mission, as Mariner’s old friend, Captain Amina Ramsey, temporarily takes command in their absence. Mariner displays uncharacteristic incompetence in her assistance with Ramsey, leading to friction between the two. When the USS Rubidoux fails to show up for an expected rendezvous, the Cerritos finds it adrift and being torn apart from the inside by a massive hatching space-born entity. Mariner confidently takes control and successfully evacuates its crew, admitting to Ramsey she was feigning incompetence so she would not be transferred or promoted by her, as she prefers working in the lower decks. Meanwhile, the patients on board the Osler attempt a mutiny, but are betrayed by Boimler who recovers from his phasing and attempts to make peace between them and the captain. As the patients are about to blow him out of an airlock, they arrive at The Farm, which is indeed a real, luxurious medical spa planet whose inhabitants receive the best care. Boimler tries to stay, but is sent back to the Cerritos, Tendi says goodbye to ‘Dog’, and Ramsey parts amicably with Mariner.
Star Trek: Lower Decks Series
You can find a full index and overview of the Star Trek franchise here.
You can find a full index and overview of Star Trek: Lower Decks here.
You can find a full index of Star Trek: Lower Decks Series 01 here.
Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Barry J. Kelly.
- Writer(s): M. Willis.
- Release Date: 17 September 2020.
- Running Time: 25 minutes (per episode).
- Rating: PG.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.