Star Trek: Lower Decks is the animated comedy series created by Mike McMahan. Season 1 was scheduled for a 2020 release, but surprised me by queue-jumping Star Trek: Discovery! It ran from August to October 2020. Season 2 kicked off a year later and ran from August to October 2021.
Season 3 is now upon us! Check back every week as I’ll be reviewing each episode while the new season is ongoing.
Season 3 Episode Reviews:
Season 3 Buildup:
I wrote a few pieces about Lower Decks in between Seasons 2 and 3 – i.e. from October 2021 to August 2022. You can find those articles here.
Season 2 Episode Reviews:
Season 2 ran from August to October 2021. You can find reviews for all ten episodes below.
Season 2 Buildup:
In the run-up to Season 2 I wrote a number of articles about Lower Decks, looking back at the first season and discussing news, trailers, and teasers. You can find all of those posts here.
“This time it’s Lower Decks’ turn to go under the microscope! And a microscope seems appropriate considering series creator Mike McMahan called this teaser a ‘microscopic look’ at the upcoming season!”
“Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 1, which was broadcast in the United States beginning in August, is finally getting an international release. The show will share Star Trek: Picard’s home on Amazon Prime Video from the 22nd of January – with all ten episodes being made available simultaneously on that date…”
Season 1 Episode Reviews:
Season 1 ran from August to October 2020. You can find reviews for each episode below.
“After a somewhat stumbling start, Lower Decks improved massively to become a thoroughly enjoyable watch across its first season, and definitively proved that Star Trek can break new ground and do different things…”
“I’m pleased to say that this week’s episode, Crisis Point, was a return to form and an enjoyable story. Not only that, but Ensign Mariner appears to have made a breakthrough in her relationship with Starfleet…”
“I wouldn’t say that this week’s episode, titled Much Ado About Boimler, was significantly better than the show’s offerings over the last four or five weeks, but it was solid and a great addition to the season…”
“For the last three weeks at least, I’ve felt that the newest episode of Lower Decks was my favourite and the funniest yet, and this week is no exception. I think we’re at a point where I just have to say that the series as a whole is funny and enjoyable, so that I can try to avoid saying the same thing every time!”
“Shows like Friends relied on this style of comedy a lot, where jokes are built around embarrassing and cringeworthy situations, and it’s clearly something that a lot of people find amusing. I hope that at least some of those comedy fans have found their way to Lower Decks by now…”
“In what was a busy episode there wasn’t enough time for this to play out, and it’s pretty clear that trying to run three storylines each featuring a main character is too much to cram into an episode barely twenty minutes long…”
“Lower Decks works best when looking at it as an animated comedy first and a Star Trek show second. By doing so, some of the sillier aspects of its premise melt away, and what’s left behind is truly enjoyable entertainment…”
“Lower Decks still has a very distinct style and sense of humour that won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I’d encourage anyone disappointed or put off by last week’s offering to give it a second chance…”
“After more the fifty years, the question is whether Star Trek can successfully transition to a new genre. I enjoyed Second Contact, but on that – the biggest question the show faces – the jury is still out…”
Season 1 Buildup:
I wrote a number of posts in the run-up to Season 1’s premiere. You can find them below.
“Is it any surprise that Trekkies outside the US and Canada turned to piracy to access the series? If it’s literally unavailable any other way, and there is radio silence on when it may become available, what choice to fans have?”
“It’s incredibly galling to hear that ViacomCBS considers its international fans to be ‘a priority’ when everything they’ve done regarding Lower Decks’ broadcast categorically demonstrates that it’s not true…”