Here's your first look at the new Star Trek animated series

By: H&I Staff     Posted: July 22, 2019, 11:10AM

Back in my day, Star Trek fans had to wait decades for a third series. After the Original Series and the Animated Series, it felt like eons until The Next Generation came along. (Okay, fine, it was 13 years.) Trekkie kids today don't know how easy they have it. A fresh Star Trek show pops up every few months these days.

All the warranted hubbub surrounding Picard at San Diego Comic Con overshadowed the reveals regarding Star Trek: Lower Decks, the comedic cartoon take on Starfleet that arrives sometime in 2020 on CBS All Access. The cast members talked about the show, and a teaser image was shown to give a sense of the artistic style.

You can see the characters up top. Here's the logo:

Lower Decks comes from creator Mike McMahan, perhaps best known for his work on Rick & Morty. The cast includes Jerry O'Connell (Sliders) as Commander Jack Ransom. O’Connell served as the panel moderator at Comic Con and jokingly described the show as "the Downton Abbey of Star Trek." But we get what he means, in the "upstairs/downstairs" labor divide. He also called his character "a California Riker."

Jack Quaid, son of Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, plays bookish Ensign Brad Boimler. Noël Wells, who briefly appeared on Saturday Night Live, portrayed Tendi. Dawnn Lewis (A Different World), Gillian Vigman (MadTV), Eugene Cordero, Fred Tatasciore and Tawny Newsome round out the cast.

In the image above, you can see, left to right, Tendi (Wells), Rutherford (Cordero), Mariner (Newsome) and Boimler. Check out the other characters.

Yes, there appears to be a cat person. Look for Lower Decks next year, and remember, there's another animated Star Trek series on the way, too. Not to mention more live-action…

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