Star Trek Panel NYCC 2020

A virtual version of New York Comic Con is kicking off today. How will it stack up against the disastrous Comic-Con at Home earlier this summer, or the comparatively spectacular DC FanDome virtual experience? We’ll find out over the next few days, but let’s get started with an hour-long panel devoted to the Star Trek Universe, including two CBS All Access series, Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Discovery, as well as some fascinating news about a returning Starfleet captain in an animated show for Nickelodeon. Set your phasers to “recap,” because we have a lot of ground (or it is space?) to cover. You can watch the full panel, or just get the highlights, below.
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Star Trek Day

Following in the footsteps of the DC FanDome virtual convention, CBS All Access has announced their own 24-hour virtual celebration called Star Trek Day for Tuesday, September 8. But this isn’t just a look forward at what Star Trek: Discovery and the other new shows have in store on CBS All Access (though there will be news about them). This is a full-on Star Trek celebration that will bring fans together to watch exclusive panel programming and initiatives from all of the Star Trek shows that fans have absorbed since 1966 and one that has yet to arrive. Get the details below. Read More »

Star Trek Lower Decks pilot

Star Trek: Lower Decks marks a return to animation for the Star Trek franchise for the first time since the 1970s, and the very first overtly comedic series in the franchise’s history. If you’re wondering what all the hype has been about, you can watch the first episode for free on YouTube right now.

Rick and Morty writer and Solar Opposites co-creator Mike McMahan created the CBS All Access series, which basically ignores prominent members of a starship like captains, communications officers, and science officers and instead focuses on the lower-level Federation employees who don’t typically take part in any of the “real” action. Check out the episode below. Read More »

Star Trek: Lower Decks Storyboard Comparison

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how Star Trek: Lower Decks went from storyboard to the screen on CBS All Access. Plus, watch as VFX artists reaction to Mary Poppins and the impressive effects used to bring live-action and animation together back in 1964. And finally, watch a comedy actress roundtable with Jameela Jamil, Tiffany Haddish, and more. Read More »

Star Trek: Lower Decks Featurette

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, meet the cast of CBS All Access’ new animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks and let them introduce you to their characters. Plus, see what footage from the climax of Ghostbusters looked like before visual effects were added in post-production. And finally, listen to voice actor Billy West break down his most famous character voices, including Futruama, Doug, and more. Read More »

Watch Star Trek: PIcard for Free

After years of hibernation and a somewhat successful film franchise reboot, Star Trek is thriving where it belongs: on the small screen.

The greatest science fiction franchise of all time kicked off Comic-Con at Home with a mega-panel dedicated to just about every show, ongoing, new, and upcoming, in the current Trek universe. In addition to segments dedicated to Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, and Star Trek: Lower Decks, the panel offered some tidbits about the recently announced Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and officially revealed the title of the latest Trek series.

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star trek lower decks trailer

Star Trek: Lower Decks boldly takes the sci-fi franchise where no series has gone before: into the animated comedy realm. The animated comedy series from Rick and Morty writer and Solar Opposites co-creator Mike McMahan is certainly a new frontier for the Star Trek franchise, which is mostly known for its serious live-action sci-fi fare. But Star Trek: Lower Decks aims to give a new perspective on the long-running franchise, taking you below the bridge to follow a group of ineffectual crew members. Watch the official Star Trek: Lower Decks trailer below.

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Star Trek Lower Decks release date

Star Trek: Lower Decks isn’t the first animated Star Trek series, but it’s the first that was designed as an outright comedy – and now we know exactly when the sci-fi-tinged laughs will begin. CBS All Access has announced the show’s release date, and the streaming service has unveiled some new teaser art to boot.  Read More »

Star Trek: Lower Decks Details

CBS All Access is making the most out of the final frontier with a handful of original Star Trek shows. Star Trek Discovery kicked off the latest era of the franchise created by Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek: Picard brought back the beloved captain from Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will spin-off characters from Discovery. But there’s one other Star Trek project in the works at the CBS streamer that may be the most original: Star Trek: Lower Decks.

Star Trek: Lower Decks is a new animated series from Rick and Morty writer and Solar Opposites co-creator Mike McMahan that focuses on the members of the lower decks of a starship crew instead of the higher ranking officers on the bridge. Many Star Trek fans have worried about a full-fledged animated comedy within the world of Star Trek turning into a parody of the franchise itself. But when we asked McMahan about how he intends to bring humor to the franchise, it sounds like his head is in the right space (no pun intended), and the series won’t use Star Trek or its fans as a punching bag. Read More »

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It’s a very interesting time to be a Star Trek fan. In addition to Star Trek: Discovery exploring brave new worlds on CBS All Access, several other series are in the works. For longtime fans, the upcoming Star Trek: Picard will offer a check-in with Patrick Stewart’s beloved Starfleet commander decades after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. For newer fans, perhaps the comedic animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks will offer a bit of variety to an old but still powerful franchise.

All three shows were part of CBS All Access’s 90-minute Enter the Star Trek Universe panel at San Diego Comic-Con, where they pulled out all the stops and offered several looks at the future of the universe’s greatest science fiction franchise. Here’s what we learned.

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