Do you maintain a soft spot for the beloved yet campy 1970s staple, Star Trek: The Animated Series? Have you lost more than one afternoon reading old script outlines and scanning concept art for the forgotten mid-2000s project, Star Trek: The Final Frontier? Today, Trek cartoon fanatics, may be your lucky day.
According to Variety, CBS has officially ordered two seasons of Star Trek: Lower Decks, a new animated Trek series eventually coming to the CBS All-Access streaming service. The new project is being developed by Mike McMahan, a writer on Rick and Morty, and it will focus on the support crew working on one of the other Starfleet ships.
“Mike won our hearts with his first sentence: ‘I want to do a show about the people who put the yellow cartridge in the food replicator so a banana can come out the other end,’” Star Trek: Discovery co-creator Alex Kurtzman told Variety. “His cat’s name is Riker. His son’s name is Sagan. The man is committed. He’s brilliantly funny and knows every inch of every ‘Trek’ episode, and that’s his secret sauce: he writes with the pure, joyful heart of a true fan.”
This won’t be McMahan’s first trip to where no man has gone before. He infamously started a Twitter account called @TNG_S8, where he came up with fake episodes for a never-aired lost season of Next Generation. The plots proved to be such a hit that McMahan eventually did an entire book on the topic, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season.
No timeframe or other notable details were attached to Lower Decks in the Variety report, but it’s the second new Trek series CBS has announced this fall. Back in August, Sir Patrick Stewart told a crowd at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention that he’d be returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard in another new series for CBS All-Access. (We eventually learned it would take place after the events of TNG.) This latest announcement comes at a time when competition for streaming subscribers seems to be ramping up at the same time as appetite for animation and space parody, perhaps lessening the shock normally associated with a straightaway two-season order.
Just a dozen-ish years ago, on May 13, 2005, Star Trek: Enterprise aired its series finale and ended 18 almost unbroken years of Trek on the small screen. At the time, the Abrams-verse hadn’t come onto the pop culture radar either. So between all the new TV-focused projects, the rapidly approaching second season of Discovery, and the increasingly real Quentin Tarantino film, it has suddenly become a surprisingly good time to self-identify as a Trekkie again.
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