Trek: Lower Decks will be the first "out-and-out" comedy series set in
the Star Trek universe. Mike McMahan – who recently acted as showrunner
on the animated Solar Opposites with Rick and Morty's Justin Roiland –
has created the new animated show, which will centre on the support crew
of a Starfleet ship. GamesRadar+ caught up with the series leading
voice actor, Tawny Newsome, to discuss her upcoming Netflix series Space Force, and she offers some insight into the Star Trek show.
"What won’t I get sued for? It is a comedy for sure," she says. "Yeah, it’s a half-hour. It’s totally animated... It’s so funny. But the thing about Star Trek is, at the core of Star Trek there is so much hope and optimism – like optimism as a species – and personal pride and hope in it. So there are more earnest, hopeful moments, I think, in Lower Decks that grounds a lot of the comedy.
"But it still is very weird for Star Trek. There’s never been an out-and-out Star Trek comedy, and I can’t believe I get to be in the very first one. It’s very cool."Star Trek: Lower Decks currently has no release date, but all 10 episodes are expected to be released in 2020.
- Tawny Newsome as Beckett Mariner:
An ensign aboard the U.S.S. Cerritos. Newsome described the character as irreverent and someone who does not follow the rules, though she is actually "very good at all things Starfleet, she just doesn’t care" and has been demoted several times. Newsome added that Mariner "just wants to ride her skateboard and eat her piece of pizza in peace, man".
- Jack Quaid as Brad Boimler:
An ensign aboard the Cerritos, Boimler is a stickler for the rules and will need to learn how to improvise if he is to become a Captain one day. Quaid described the character by saying "he would nail the written portion of the driving test with flying colors but once it actually got to him being in the car, it would be a complete and total disaster".
- Noël Wells as Tendi:
An ensign in the medical bay aboard the Cerritos, Tendi is a big fan of Starfleet, who is always thrilled to be working on a starship. She is new to the Cerritos at the start of the series, and helps introduce the audience to the setting and characters. McMahan saw Tendi as acting like himself if he ever got the chance to work on a starship.
- Eugene Cordero as Rutherford:
An ensign aboard the Cerritos, Rutherford is adjusting to a new cyborg implant. McMahan compared Rutherford to the Star Trek: The Next Generation character Geordi La Forge, saying they are both "amazing at engineering stuff" but Rutherford does not always solve the problem like Geordi because he is still learning.
- Dawnn Lewis as Carol Freeman: The captain of the Cerritos. McMahan described her as a capable Starfleet captain whose starship is not very important.
- Jerry O'Connell as Jack Ransom: A commander aboard the Cerritos that McMahan compared to Next Generation's William Riker, if he was on speed and had less shame.
- Fred Tatasciore as Shaxs: A Bajoran lieutenant aboard the Cerritos.
- Gillian Vigman as T'Ana:
A Caitian doctor and head of medical aboard the Cerritos. McMahan described her as "a good doctor, but she’s an unpleasant cat". Including a Caitian in the series is a reference to Star Trek: The Animated Series which also starred a member of that species, M'Ress.