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Celebrate STAR TREK

Welcome, everyone to 23 Weeks of NEW STAR TREK !

Welcome back to the time of The Next Generation, but in a way that we've never seen it before. We've all just been invited to one of the best times ever to be a Star Trek fan!

I just finished watching the series premiere of STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS which kicks off 23 straight weeks of new episodes of Star Trek. For anyone that grew up loving the franchise as I did - this is a new golden age. Ten episodes of Lower Decks laughter followed by 13 episodes of Discovery drama. And if by any chance you haven't yet seen LDS go watch it now! I'll wait…

SUPER FUN, RIGHT?!? We loved it! It really is laugh out loud funny. Mike McMahan and his team of writers, animators, & actors not only NAILED the feel of TNG's brand of Star Trek, but they did it with heart. There's love in every frame of the show from Ensign Tendi's wide eyed enthusiasm for anything Starfleet, to details & easter eggs great and small. Over the next few weeks we'll get to experience the adventures, trials & tribbleations of the junior officers of the U.S.S. Cerritos. It could easily be mistaken for an episodic comedy, but it does have an overarching story with personal growth and development in store for our ensigns (well, maybe not Ensign Mariner).

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It's worth remembering that Star Trek has always employed comedy, and that those episodes have a tendency to become perennial fan favorites. "The Trouble With Tribbles", "Qpid", "Take Me Out to the Holodeck" - these episodes are timeless, and well loved. TOS and TNG, particularly used humor to great effect especially in instances where our ship's survival was on the line. I've always felt that Star Trek's humor in the face of danger offset the tension of the moment, and added realism to a scene.

While Lower Decks is a cartoon with all the tropes that goes with an animated series, it is designed to fit and function within the canon of Star Trek lore. I can't wait to see some established 24th Century characters alongside the crew of the Cerritos. It's gonna be amazing!

In any event, and for anyone that considers themselves to be a Trekkie, Trekker, of simply a Star Trek fan - NOW is our time!

STAR TREK LIVES, INDEED and the Human Adventure is Just Beginning.


John Cooley 
John Cooley is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.  

STAR TREK: Lower Decks

Star Trek: Lower Decks is now streaming, with new episodes on Thursdays.

Watch it only on CBS All Access. 

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