Review: Star Trek: Lower Decks

This is a bit belated, since the first season of Lower Decks came out in 2020, but I’ve only just recently gotten around to seeing it. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would like it, between the disappointment that was Discovery’s first and second seasons and my growing distaste for mainstream slapstick/“edgy” cartoon humor. (I never got around to seeing Rick and Morty.)

But it turns out Lower Decks is fun. It’s not unseating Deep Space Nine and Next Generation as my two favorite Treks, but it’s not trying to. It’s just being fun-to-watch, with lots of references to previous series (very often poking fun at them). And if it does have that mainstream slapstick humor, at least it doesn’t go too “edgy” with it. (Though I get caught every time when Mariner uses “lame” as an insult. That’s this decade’s “retarded” and I hope everyone stops using it soon.)

I think in the end one of the reasons Lower Decks maintained its charm through its two seasons (so far) is because it is episodic even with some overarching plot, which is common for cartoons and for most of the Star Treks but which I sorely missed in Discovery. And I do like all four of the main characters, even if Mariner’s extremely fast talking took a few episodes to get used to. It’s low stakes and I’m going to say only questionably canonical, but it hits the right note in setting expectations. Sometimes things are ridiculous cause it’s a silly show.

So overall? Yeah, if you like Star Trek, try it out. But if it’s not on a streaming service you’re already paying for, that’s all right too.