After 45 years since the start of the Star Trek animated series, the franchise returns with two amazing series! Watch out for the funny adult television series Star Trek: Lower Decks, and the visually stunning Star Trek: Prodigy.
For those of you who don’t know about Star Trek, it is one of the most legendary American television science-fiction franchises, created by Gene Roddenberry. Star Trek started off with Star Trek: The Original Series in 1966, followed by Star Trek: The Animated Series, the first of its kind, in 1973.
The Animated Series allowed the franchise to do so much more with characters that couldn’t be done in the original series. Prosthetic make-up, different kinds of special and visual effects, and much more could be achieved. But since then, there hadn’t been a revival of any animation until 2017. Let’s take a look at what these shows have to offer!
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Star Trek: Lower Decks
The super funny, raunchy, and completely entertaining show, Star Trek: Lower Decks, is one of the coolest adult animated shows out there. The entire show is based on a not-so-popular USS starship called the USS Cerritos. The show was originally created by Mike McMahan for CBS all Access, a streaming service that later got rebranded as Paramount+. Alex Kurtzman has also become a very important part of the franchise in general, and is an executive producer for the show as well.
Lower decks is based in the year 2380, by which time the earth is a multi-species planet, and we’re past making contact with the United Federation of Planets. The main premise of Lower Decks is about the officers who work on the lower levels of a starship. We are always so excited to know about what happens on the bridge, and the various situations that the ship’s Captain and Commanding Officers handle everyday. In Lower Decks, we take a trip down the dorms, along with the various menial tasks that are also required to keep the ship running.
The main characters in the show are – Beckett Mariner, daughter of the ship’s Captain Freeman, Brad, known better as his surname Boimler, Tendi, an ensign from Orion who is aboard the ship as a medical bay officer, Sam Rutherford, an ensign who is still adjusting to his cyborg implant, the captain of the ship, Carol Freeman herself, and Jack Ransom, another human first officer. Both seasons of Lower Decks are available on Paramount+, and on other streaming platforms like Prime Video in select countries. The show has completed two seasons since 2020.
Watch the trailer below:
Star Trek: Prodigy
Star Trek: Prodigy is a stunning animated series that can capture people’s attention even with just the visuals. The series was also launched by executive producer Alex Kurtzman, as part of his expanded universe of Star Trek. The show began a few weeks ago (October 28) and is currently streaming exclusively on Paramount+. Prodigy is based on the star ship USS Protostar, a one-of-a-kind ship, and a motley crew of immature kids, prisoners and slaves from a mining planet in the Delta Quadrant. At first, the starship is buried within the planet’s debris, but it is soon discovered and taken for a ride into space.
What is peculiar about this show is a comeback from Captain Kathryn Janeway from the USS Voyager. She is a hologram in the show, helping guide the young crew who she sees as Starfleet officers in training, without knowing their actual identities. What happens from there is a bumpy ride!
Star Trek: Prodigy features the characters Dal, a male from an unknown species, Gywn or Gwyndala, a young Vau N’Akat who always wished to explore the stars, and is fleeing from the mining planet and her father’s grasp. We have Jankom Pog, a Tellarite who also doubles up as the engineer, Zero, a Medusan who is non-corporeal and genderless in nature, whose energy form is protected by a suit built by it. We also have Rok-Tahk, a Brikar who is hardly eight years old, and is forced into mining on the planet. There are more characters like Murf, Dreadnok, the Diviner who is interestingly played by John Noble, a voice I could recognize from miles away! Captain Janeway is also a very important character in this show. Watch this amazing new show created by Nickelodeon and Paramount plus, trailer below.
Feature images courtesy CBS and Paramount+