When it comes to ideas for a TV show, a Star Trek comic book doesn’t necessarily seem like a winner. But screenwriter Rafael Jordan says the animated series Star Trek: Lower Bridges compares favorably to live broadcasts such as Picard and Discovery.
“I didn’t know if I was going to like it, but I was really won over by the third or the fourth episode,” Jordan says in episode 451 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast. “I know it might be sacrilegious to say it, but it might be my favorite Star Trek thing right now. I think I would take this show on any future show. I need more Lower decks. “
Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley was also skeptical of Lower decks, but he became more interested when he learned that he had been created by the old Rick and morty showrunner Mike McMahan. “I saw that the creator of this one is the guy who was sort of the big ‘sci-fi guy’ on Rick and morty, the one who knew the genre best, ”says Kirtley. “If I had known I would have watched the show much sooner.”
Fantastic author Christopher M. Cevasco love it Lower decks makes fun of Star Trek while still maintaining a sense of reality. “It looks like a Star Trek show, even though it’s animated, although it has a lot more humor in it than any of the other shows,” he says. “But that stays true to the canon and rules that have been set in the world of Star Trek.”
The volume of jokes and obscure references in Lower decks will challenge even the most hardcore Trekkie. Writer Sara Lynn Michener says it’s clear the show’s writers have immersed themselves deeply in the Star Trek fandom.
“A lot of jokes come straight from Star Trek Shitposting, and the band members were very proud of it, ”she says. “We spent about two weeks trying to figure out, ‘OK, who in the group are the secret spies who actually work for this editorial staff?’ Because we know they are part of this group.
Listen to the full interview with Rafael Jordan, Sara Lynn Michener and Christopher M. Cevasco in Episode 451 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.
Rafael Jordan on casual viewers:
“I watched [Lower Decks] with my girlfriend, who is not a Trekkie. She just watches modern movies and whatever I force her to watch. But she really enjoyed it. She really liked it very much, but it’s true that I would stop every two minutes and say, “Oh, let me explain this to you. To really appreciate what’s going on here, you need to know what they’re reminiscent of. And I think she finally got angry with me. She says, “Play it already. I appreciate it. … They did a great job balancing the obvious and overt callbacks from previous episodes with hidden little Easter eggs that were just a delight for old school fans.
Christopher M. Cevasco on characterization:
“At first the relationship between Mariner and Boimler was so frantic and confrontational and in front of you – almost like Three Stooges routines, with them poking into each other’s eyes the entire time – that maybe it was a little squeaky. But I think they’ve pulled out of that level of antics and it’s become a more mature relationship. But yeah, I think they’re great characters. I’m really glad they chose to do Orion to be a very serious scientist, rather than falling back on typical Orion characters – like they didn’t make her some sort of dancing bar girl. And Rutherford is just amazing. … So yeah, I think it’s a great band. I love these four main characters. “
David Barr Kirtley on humor:
“Star Trek 4 is one of my favorite Star Trek movies, but looking back on it now, it really is a comedy. It’s as much a comedy as anything, and more than any other Star Trek movie. But I feel like Star Trek 4 is a comedy that works, and maybe part of the reason I was so worried about this show is that I feel like there’s been a lot of Star Trek humor going on that didn’t work, especially the later The next generation movies. There is a line – I actually wrote it, it’s so bad – in First contact, where they’re talking to Zefram Cochrane, and he says something like, “So you’re all astronauts… on some kind of star trek?” This is one of the worst movie jokes I have ever seen.
Sara Lynn Michener on red shirts:
“When someone makes a joke about the red shirt in Star Trek Shitposting, everyone piles up and makes jokes like, ‘Welcome, new member! Because it has just been played to death. [Lower Decks] is a very sophisticated show, where they’ve done their research – or are part of those subcultures anyway, for starters – so they know these things have already been done. People send me memes all the time that are from Star Trek Shitposting three years ago – people who aren’t Trekkies – and they send them to me because they know I love Star Trek, and they have no idea that not only have I seen this meme three years ago, but I’ve seen the 10 memes that refer to it since. You just have to say, ‘Thanks for sending this to me, Grandma! and go forward.
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