Reports came out back in 2018 that an animated Trek series was in the works with Rick and Morty scribe Mike McMahan. Two years later, we finally have out first look at the show, and it's definitely giving us some R and M vibes.
Check out the first images from Entertainment Weekly:
The story is said to focus on the low-ranking crew members of the USS Cerritos as they do the job that the ‘main characters' are too important to do like fix turbolifts or serve food. McMahan explains:
"The big stories are happening in the bridge crew and there's more kind of social-emotional stories happening to the Lower Deckers… So it's like their job and the world they're in get affected by these sci-fi stories. But the funny thing too is that whatever menial job you have to do in Star Trek, it might be something that they do every day, but it's still sort of a fascinating look into stuff that happens onboard that haven't been highlighted in another series."
McMahan also compared it to Rick and Morty in a sense that these characters are dealing with a sci-fi world, but not with the same nihilistic lens that Rick Sanchez does. McMahan continues, "Lower Decks treats mythological sci-fi things just as important as a regular Trek show while finding new stories to tell — just from a different angle."
Ever since Star Trek: Discovery, we've been getting spinoffs like Picard and Strange New Worlds, but this will be the first series in the franchise to be an all-out comedy. While people consider Seth McFarlane's The Orville as the comedy version of Trek, Lower Decks actually releases under the official Trek banner.
No release date has been set for Star Trek: Lower Decks, but the series is expected to come out sometime later this year.