Star Trek: Lower Decks Is Going Live-Action, Our Scoop Confirmed

By Dan Lawrence | Published

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San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing with several huge franchises making equally huge announcements. Marvel and DC have been making waves with huge trailer reveals and big plans stretching off into the future, but there has also been a grand crossover announcement in the world of Star Trek. On July 23rd it was announced that Star Trek: Lower Decks will be crossing over from animation to live-action, courtesy of a cross-over event with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. We reported this news through our trusted and proven sources back in April, and now Comic-Con has confirmed this huge news.

As the cast and crew of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds took to the SDCC panel, their time on stage was gatecrashed by actors Tawny Newsome and Jack Quaid to announce that their show, comedy animation Star Trek: Lower Decks will crossover with Strange New Worlds for an episode in the show’s second season. Newsome and Quaid’s characters will board the U.S.S. Enterprise and the episode will feature live-action and animation. Importantly Quaid’s Ensign Brad Boimler and Newsome’s Ensign Beckett Mariner will be featured in both live-action and animated segments. Jonathan Frakes, best known for his performance as Commander William Riker will be directing the exciting episode.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds showrunner Henry Alonso Myers, revealed at the SDCC panel that one of the show’s writers also writes scripts for The Boys, which sees Star Trek: Lower Decks star Jack Quaid as one of the leads. The writer in question, David Reed, got Quaid thinking about the Star Trek crossover event and thus the wonderful news has come to pass. 

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has just had its first season on streaming service Paramount+, the show follows Captain Pike and his crew of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise in the days before Captain James T. Kirk took the helm of the iconic craft. The show has been a smash-hit with critics, with a healthy 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as with audiences, with Parrot Analytics finding the series had an audience demand 32 times that of the average series in America. 

The third season of Star Trek: Lower Decks will premiere on Paramount+ on August 25 this year. The show follows Starfleet crew members that operate below the top deck of the Captain’s Bridge, aboard the U.S.S. Cerritos. Comicbook.com reports excitingly that the third season will feature Deep Space Nine, the space station that made a name for itself in the 1990s with the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. 

Just like its live-action counterpart Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks is also a big hit. The show has an 83% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes and an audience demand approximately twelve times greater than the average US TV series. Lower Decks is a cult favorite show and coupling it with Strange New Worlds, a show that has had an extraordinary debut season is an exciting thing for all Trekkie fans to enjoy. The crossover episode between the two shows will be even more exciting thanks to its intriguing blend of live-action and animation.