Mon, 14 September 2020
Lower Decks midseason review.
After a long wait and much speculation on what an animated comedy take on Star Trek might mean, we’re now halfway through the first season of Mike McMahan’s Star Trek: Lower Decks. And in a short time, the adventures and banter of Beckett Mariner, Bradward Boimler, D’Vana Tendi, Sam Rutherford—and even Durango and Ron Emmanuel Docent, Jr. —have won over many fans, even some who were highly skeptical going in.
In this episode of The Ready Room, hosts C Bryan Jones and Larry Nemecek pay a visit to the insignificant little USS Cerritos as its journey reaches midseason to share our thoughts on this animated rendition of Star Trek, the comedic elements, recreation of the 24th-century aesthetic, nods to Trek past, and much more.
Initial Thoughts 00:03:11
Reference Density 00:10:03
Promoting Mariner 00:18:14
Character Pairings 00:23:39
Sometimes a Bit Sitcomish 00:25:44
Tendi and Rutherford … Sitting in a Tree 00:28:09
The Upper Deckers 00:32:17
Prodigy Young-Adult Sidebar 00:46:34
Profane Break 00:49:09
Alien Diversity 00:56:37
Bland Names and Zany Lines 01:05:24
Fan Reception 01:09:27
Character Development 01:14:14
Second Contact 01:22:34
Moist Vessel 01:44:24
Temporal Edict 01:50:30
Cupid’s Errant Arrow 01:58:36
Final Thoughts 02:04:49
C Bryan Jones and Larry Nemecek
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Renee Roberts (Associate Producer)
Fri, 4 September 2020
Expanding the Star Trek universe.
In this episode of The Ready Room, hosts C Bryan Jones and Larry Nemecek use Kurtzman’s interviews from the Star Trek Emmy promotion campaign as the basis for exploring Section 31, Lower Decks, Strange New Worlds, Prodigy, and the overall expansion of the Star Trek universe—including risks and rewards. We also discuss what the decision to air the first season of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS proper could mean for the future of Trek on television.