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Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season 2

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Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season 2

The second season of the American animated television series Star Trek: Lower Decks follows the various missions and adventures of the "lower deckers" (low-ranking officers with menial jobs) on the USS Cerritos, one of Starfleet's least important starships. The season was produced by CBS Eye Animation Productions in association with Secret Hideout, Important Science, Roddenberry Entertainment, and animation studio Titmouse, with Mike McMahan serving as showrunner and Barry J. Kelly as supervising director.

Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, and Eugene Cordero voice the lower decks crew members of the Cerritos, with Dawnn Lewis, Jerry O'Connell, Fred Tatasciore, and Gillian Vigman providing voices for the ship's senior officers. Lower Decks was ordered for two seasons in October 2018 with McMahan on board as showrunner. Production took place remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and some of the season's writers did not meet in person while working on it. The season continues some overarching storylines from the first season, such as the threat of the Pakleds and the relationship between Beckett Mariner (Newsome) and her mother, Captain Carol Freeman (Lewis). Titmouse began work in August 2020. The season features many connections and references to past Star Trek series such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, including several actors returning as guest stars.

Writing on the second season began by March 2020,[19] and was completed by mid-September. Due to the pandemic, the whole season was written remotely using Zoom and some new writers did not meet the others in person while working on the season.[20] It was written knowing that fans would be able to stream the first two seasons back-to-back; McMahan wanted to carry the energy of the first season's final three episodes into the start of the second season,[21] feeling that those episodes were when the writing team fully "figur[ed] out what the show was".[22] Because the second season was mostly written before the first was released, the writers were not able to take fan responses into account and had to trust that the first season would be received positively.[23]

McMahan said the second season would combine standalone episodes with season-long character arcs,[21] and would take inspiration from the storytelling of Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in addition to that of Star Trek: The Next Generation.[24] He noted that many members of the crew had seen all of the previous Star Trek series, but they revisited specific episodes together such as the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "A Private Little War" which introduced the alien Mugatos. Writer Ben Rodgers "could not get over" the inconsistent pronunciation of "Mugato" in the episode, a production mistake that the Lower Decks team wanted to celebrate, so the episode "Mugato, Gumato" has a running joke about the different pronunciations.[25] McMahan said the second season would not undo the end of the first, with Brad Boimler working on the USS Titan,[11] which he compared to storylines on the science fiction series Farscape which took its characters away from the main starship.[26] Other elements that were left for the second season include Sam Rutherford's memory issues, Mariner working with her mother Captain Freeman, and the Pakleds being a threat.[21] McMahan wanted to address LGBTQ characters and relationships better than in the first season, especially by more explicitly depicting Mariner as bisexual.[27]

McMahan hoped to replicate the success of the first season's last three episodes by again having a sketch comedy episode ("I, Excretus"), a penultimate episode that breaks form for the series ("wej Duj"), and a big finale ("First First Contact").[29] The idea of "wej Duj", which means "Three Ships" in the Klingon language, came from the writers wanting to do something that had not been seen before and being surprised to learn that no previous series had t


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