Star Trek: Lower Decks
Star Trek: Lower Decks is an American adult animated web television series created by Mike McMahan for CBS All Access. It is part of an expansion of the Star Trek franchise headed by executive producer Alex Kurtzman. It was the second Star Trek series to be animated since Star Trek: The Animated Series in 1973.
In the year 2380, we dive into the lives of a supportive crew in the Starfleet's ship.
- The idea of making Star Trek, one of the most well-known television series in the science fiction genre, an animated series may have been a fine idea but it was horribly executed since it was made into a Family Guy type comedy series, despite Star Trek having more of a serious action-like tone. This show feels like nothing but insulting to the original creator of this show and its fans.
- Note that Star Trek already had an animated spin-off show, Star Trek: The Animated Series, which had the exact same tone as The Original Series.
- In fact, while Star Wars Resistance was no masterpiece, it already did way better, since Star Wars is more light-hearted and more adventurous than Star Trek.
- The art style is a blatant rip-off of BTSW. In fact, one of the characters, T'Ana, looks literally like a poor man's version of Little Cato.
- The art style is also bland, looking like an average modern cartoon, like BTSW, for example.
- And on that topic, the show also feels like a rip off of BTSW.
- Some reviewers had even compared the art style to Rick and Morty.
- The show's attempts of humor are basically just the characters screaming at each other, stammering, being overly emotional, drunk, continously disagreeing with each other, etc. Even worse, some characters don't even take a "serious situation" in advantage.
- The very first episode has Beckett and Brad strip each other just to battle a spider, and when Brad falls off, Beckett just lets him get eaten up. Once Brad survives, Beckett tells him "see, that wasn't bad?", clearly not caring for the horror Brad went through.
- Since the Star Trek franchise is already at stake due to showrunner Alex Kurtzman's executive meddling and poor fan reviews since Star Trek: Discovery, this show isn't helping anything, as author Will Jordan, better known as The Critical Drinker described it as "Another Trash Show Nobody Wanted."
- Shoved in pop culture references that feel out of place in a Star Trek property, such as a ship named the USS "Elmer Fudd."
- Lots of filler, such as Brad and Beckett trying to find their lost Starfleet shuttle that somehow flies away by itself while on a vacation.
- Mediocre and occasionally annoying voice acting that makes the characters sound annoying, unlikable, and stupid, especially the main characters, Beckett and Brad.
- In one episode, the characters fight a giant Starfleet Badge, which is way too silly for a show like Star Trek.
- There's a pointless blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo of Q from The Next Generation and Voyager.
- The characters act more like teenagers instead of actual Starfleet officers, especially when they party in one episode and Beckett, despite being an adult woman, acts more like a rebellious teen.
- The animation is okay, despite ripping off the Final Space art style.
- The theme song is pretty good and it sounds like it would fit in a Star Trek show.
- The United Federation of Planets is finally depicted as the utopic place to live it always was, unlike in Discovery and Picard
- There are subtle and clever references to Star Trek: The Animated Series.
- The Season 1 finale, "No Small Parts" has surprisingly ended the season on a high note.
- We finally got to see Captain Riker's ship, "the USS Titan" in cinematic form.
Star Trek: Lower Decks received very negative reception from fans alike, earning a 34% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.6 on IMDb.