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.
The USS Cerritos is hailed by Queen Paolana, ruler of Hysperia, a Renaissance-styled society from a planet colonised by fantasy enthusiasts. She asks her son, Lieutenant Commander Andarithio Billups, to help fix an issue with engines of their ship, the Monaveen. Billups reluctantly agrees, wary of his mother’s repeated attempts to lure him back to the kingdom from Starfleet by attempting to have him lose his virginity, which, by Hypserian tradition, would result in him ascending to the throne as king. Meanwhile, Boimler is disappointed after he is reassigned from an exciting field mission to instead join Mariner in escorting a malevolent computer AI named AGIMUS to the Daystrom Institute for study. Their ship is caught in an anomaly and crash lands, stranding them on a desert planet, unable to send a distress signal. AGIMUS offers to assist them if they will connect him to an available computer, but they refuse. Billups and Rutherford work on the Monaveen’s engines, but Billups witnesses the engines explode, seemingly killing Rutherford and Paolana, and forcing him to ascend as king. Tendi is devastated by Rutherford’s death, but locates his cybernetic implant signaling aboard the Monaveen and realises that he and Paolana are alive, and the explosion was a ruse by Paolana to get Billups to return to Hysperia. Rutherford is able to stop Billups from losing his virginity to Paolana’s sexually-trained Hysperian Royal Guards in time, and Billups returns to the Cerritos. Meanwhile, with the situation dire, AGIMUS attempts to sow discord between Mariner and Boimler, revealing that she had him reassigned, as she did not believe he was capable of the field mission. Boimler fights and incapacitates Mariner and connects AGIMUS to a deserted ship’s computers, where AGIMUS revels in its new plans to take over the system with its returned access. However, Boimler reveals that he tricked AGIMUS, and merely used its battery to send a distress signal, knowing it can not be trusted. As they are rescued and AGIMUS is deposited at the institute, Mariner is impressed at Boimler’s savvy and apologises for getting him reassigned.
Star Trek: Lower Decks Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 23 September 2021.
- Running Time: 25 minutes (per episode).
- Rating: PG.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.