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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2020 4:27 p.m. PST

…Sure Cameos Matter.

"Lower Decks is a show that rejoices in the nerdy little details of Star Trek. From Pakleds to Exocomps, from Kirk punches to movie riffs, its first season delivered a show that earnestly loved Trek's ideals and the callbacks that made it such a rich franchise in the first place. But when the show wanted to pull out the big guns, it knew it had to make those appearances matter for the animated series.

Over the course of the show's first season—set in 2380, just a year after Star Trek: Nemesis—there were several levels of cameos from the TNG era that all displayed Lower Decks' love of a good Trekkie gag and how much the series knew when to let its new characters take center stage. Early on we got a delightfully silly visual gag with TNG and DS9 icon Miles O' Brien, and then John de Lancie reprised his role as the omniscient asshole Q for a brief moment in the back half of the season.

But perhaps the biggest of all came in season one's finale, when, after the crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos came together to save their ship from the scavenging hands of the not-so-unthreatening Pakleds, Captain Will Riker and Deanna Troi with the crew of the Titan—a ship never before seen in a Trek TV show until now—warped in to help scare the Pakleds away. All these cameos are, much like Lower Decks, on the surface about having a bit of fun with the Star Trek universe. But for showrunner Mike McMahan, part of his challenge in bringing the show to life with the crew behind it was making them all feel earned and not like they were undermining the new characters on the show…"


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45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2020 11:40 a.m. PST

I'm not sure the reviewer and I were watching the same show. Never went back after the first episode. Dull writing.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2020 12:37 p.m. PST



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