Star Trek: Lower Decks season 2 is promising to expand the Star Trek universe in some significant and exciting ways. After the surprises we saw in the first season’s finale, we decided to go hunting for as much info about the newest season of the excellent animated series.
To kick things off, here’s the first trailer for Star Trek: Lower Decks season 2…
The Cast of Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 2
We know that all the series regulars are set to return for Star Trek: Lower Decks season 2. With the exception of one actor who won’t be back since their character was killed off in the first season’s finale, all the main characters and supporting cast will be back for the second go-around.
What is really interesting about the cast of Star Trek: Lower Decks season 2 is the possibility for some notable Star Trek luminaries to become more regular characters in the second season. At the end of Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1, Captain William Riker and Commander Deanna Troi both showed up onboard the USS Titan. The character of Bradward Boimler was able to get a transfer onto the USS Titan at the end of season 1, so we are expecting to see both Riker and Troi become more regular characters in the next season. In fact, we know that’s the case.
In addition to that, there may even more opportunities for voice appearances from Star Trek alumni. We know that Kate Mulgrew is going to be lending her voice to the new animated series Star Trek: Prodigy. Is it possible she could also be doing something for Star Trek: Lower Decks season 2? And we also got an appearance from John de Lancie as Q in this last season. We know he has a thing for Riker. Could Q be getting a more prominent appearance in season 2? We can only hope so at this point, but we think it is more likely than not.
What Will Happen Next?
At this point, we know that Star Trek: Lower Decks season 2 will be following Ensign Brad Boimler – who was promoted to Lieutenant junior grade – as he has now transferred onto the USS Titan. With the knowledge that Captain William Riker and Commander Deanna Troi will both be returning for regular roles in the next season, it is fair to assume that Boimler will be sticking around on the USS Titan for a while. Separating him from the crew of the USS Cerritos will be an interesting storytelling experiment.
Meanwhile, we also know that the entire crew of the USS Cerritos now knows that Ensign Beckett Mariner is the daughter of Captain Carol Freeman. Though they have had a contentious relationship over the course of the first season, they came to an understanding in the season finale and it looks like they will be working closely together moving forward. We can expect to see them paired together a lot more in Star Trek: Lower Decks season 2.
Otherwise, there is no reason to assume the structure of Star Trek: Lower Decks season 2 will change things up too drastically. The episodic structure worked out just fine in the first season and it is expected to carry over to the next season. Will there be a heavier focus on an overarching plot in season 2? We hope not since the first season expertly weaved natural serialization into the episodic format.
However, classic Star Trek shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation did become well-known for their two-part episodes. Could Star Trek: Lower Decks season 2 offer up the show’s first two-parter? If so, it would be a very notable moment for the animated series, and it is likely that the two-parter would aim to be the show’s high watermark of quality. We will have to wait and see.
When Can You Watch Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 2?
The best news is that you should not have to wait long to watch Star Trek: Lower Decks season 2. The series was picked up for a second season when CBS ordered the series. That means that production will likely be underway very soon. And with the global pandemic still affecting film and television production, the world of animation is actually at an advantage since it is much easier to produce remotely.
Plus, since the team behind Lower Decks knew that they would be making a second season, they have had plenty of time to consider what they want to do with the story. There should not be any delays in production unless something untoward happens to anyone involved with the show.
Star Trek: Lower Decks season 2 has an official release date and it is August 12, 2021. Have your best sarcastic Vulcan salutes ready.