For this edition of Things You Might Not Have Seen, I will talk about the new animated series “Star Trek: Lower Decks”.
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This series caught my eye for one good reason: I wanted an introduction to Star Trek. Catching up with Star Trek’s different series and many episodes is an intimidating task! It is hard to know where to start.
What I like about the animated series: Even though I have not seen the original, I can tell that this version is not taking itself too seriously. Lower decks is good-naturedly poking fun at the original Star Trek. Case in point (and perhaps my new favorite): The sarcastic Vulcan salute. “Live long, and prosper” indeed 😆
The ship itself is called USS Cerritos (which sounds like a combination of the words Cheetos and Doritos). It is no way as impressive as the other ship names, such as Enterprise, Voyager, Discovery, and Excelsior. I can’t find the etymology of the name, so I can’t confirm the meaning, but Cerritos is also the name of a small US city.
I also liked that Lower Decks is a story about the underdogs: Mariner, Boimler, Rutherford and Tendi. The story of the crew behind the scenes. The animated series shows the complex world of Star Trek, without going too much into the details. It would be hard to do punch lines if you have to explain all the jokes.
Does the animated series make me want to see the original? Maybe. On it’s own, it is entertaining and funny. I can see that the underdog characters are growing and developing, perhaps even to lead their own ship one day. Their friendship to one another is at the heart of the show.
I hope that you liked today’s blog post. Thank you for reading! 😊