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‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Reveals the Gross Side of Starfleet in New Trailer (Video)

CBS All-Access animated series follows four ensigns who do the dirty work on the USS Cerritos

Last Updated: July 12, 2020 @ 11:46 AM

The heroes of “Star Trek” may explore strange new worlds, but somebody has to do the dirty work. “Star Trek: Lower Decks” promises to show that ugly side of Starfleet in a new trailer released Sunday by CBS All-Access.

The animated series follows four ensigns — Mariner, Boimler, Rutherford and Tendi — who are assigned to the lower decks of the USS Cerritos, one of the least important ships in Starfleet. While Captain Freeman leads the bridge on epic adventures, the ensigns are left for duties like holodeck waste disposal. But as the Cerritos flies deeper into space, new dangers may force the ensigns into action earlier than they might have imagined.

If the show’s art reminds you of “Rick and Morty,” there’s a reason for that. Mike McMahan, a writer and producer on the first four seasons of the hit Adult Swim show, is creator and developer for this new “Trek” comedy. McMahan won an Emmy in 2018 as a supervising producer on arguably the most famous “Rick and Morty” episode, “Pickle Rick.”

“Lower Decks” is the third “Trek” series to hit CBS All-Access, joining “Star Trek: Discovery,” which will get its third season later this year, and “Star Trek: Picard,” which stars Patrick Stewart as the legendary Capt. Jean-Luc Picard. Other series in development include “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” a prequel to the original “Trek” series set before James T. Kirk became captain of the Enterprise, and a “Discovery” spinoff starring Michelle Yeoh as Capt. Phillipa Georgiou.

“Star Trek: Lower Decks” hits CBS All-Access Aug. 6. Watch the trailer above.