What if Rick & Morty was actually a Star Trek show? That’s kind of what happened here with Star Trek: Lower Decks. Alex Kurtzman, the head man behind Star Trek: Discovery, was given the task to expand the franchise. Lower Decks is the brainchild of Mike McMahan, the head writer of Rick & Morty. The idea was to create a series focusing on the lives of the support crew of a starship. The people who don’t work on the bridge, or go on the exciting away missions. The Lt. Barclay’s or Chief O’Briens…but even lower than them.
I wasn’t sure exactly what I was expecting out of Lower Decks. Sure, probably a lot of humor. Perhaps even a loose storyline. What I can say for sure is it’s absolutely nothing like anything Star Trek before.
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The thing you have to understand before watching this series, is that if you are a little too uptight about Star Trek lore, you’re going to hate it. These guys don’t act like Starfleet officers often. They act like a bunch of misfits who somehow manage to get their jobs done despite themselves. The ride is somewhat enjoyable and I laughed quite a bit. If you can accept it at face value for its very tongue-in-cheek approach to Star Trek, then you’ll find a show is laughing along with Star Trek and not necessarily AT Star Trek.
The characters are all quirky, but likeable and I can’t help but appreciate that they have drastically lowered the curve of required Star Trek knowledge. You could be a casual watcher of Star Trek reruns on BBC or Netflix and you’ll pick it up in no time.
As this was simply the first episode, I can’t say for certain where its all headed. The only concern the writers seem to have, is to show life on the other side of the turbolift. Long as you don’t take things too seriously, you’ll probably laugh along with it.