This week, our Shock Poll on Facebook focused on a peculiar sight; something uncommon to the Trekkies of the world. A trailer that looked more Rick and Morty, than Kirk and Picard.
Aaron Baiers of Kurtzman’s production company Secret Hideout brought Mike McMahan—the head writer of popular animated comedy Rick and Morty—to the production. Kurtzman was won over by McMahan’s love of Star Trek and his pitch for a series following “the people who put the yellow cartridge in the food replicator so a banana can come out the other end.”
Despite bringing McMahan on-board, Kurtzman said the series would not be “Rick and Morty in the world of Star Trek” but would have its own tone that would “skew slightly more adult”. It is the first animated Star Trek series since the 1973–74 series Star Trek: The Animated Series.
When the trailer debuted, we put a poll on our Facebook page and nearly 1100 people responded, with the majority being in favor of the trailer and interested in the series by a 57/43 margin. The comments ranged from one side to the other.
“I am glad there is more Trek stuff coming, but I agree with others…little too juvenile for my taste” –Adam Ray
“It didn’t blow me away, but I liked it enough.” –Steven Shinder
“If I wanted immaturity I’d watch the Orville.” –Rich Evans
“Bring it on. About time Trek finally had an outlet to poke fun at itself.” –Leigh Bit-Phalanx
“Imma watch it forsure. Rick and morty meets star trek. What’s not to love?” –Blane Clifford
The first season of Star Trek: Lower Decks is set to debut on August 6, 2020, and will consist of 10 episodes.