The animated series is still as fun and adventurous as ever

While season 3 of “Star Trek: Lower Decks” season 3 is more similar but better, the two episodes in particular, watch the show stretch in opposite directions but are equally hilarious.

Yes, as revealed in the trailer, this will return to the main location of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, a nostalgic bomb for any “Trek” fans who are miss that seed location and its deeply traumatized cast of characters. However, the episode itself avoids all the guest stars (and yes, the two “Deep Space Nine” actors return to voice their characters) and leaves the station as the backdrop for the story. focus on the core “Lower Deck” casting. Nostalgia, easter eggs, jokes, and hilarious specific references are all there (the crew of Cerritos loves Deep Space Nine as much as a “Trek” fan), but it never becomes the main point of the episode. “Lower Decks” is smart enough to know we want to return to these incredible locations and their incredible characters, but wise enough to integrate them into the existing show. It is emblematic of what the whole program does so well.

But there’s another episode that breaks the format in a major way, removing nearly every member of the main cast to focus on a supporting character and their increasingly bizarre adventures on a planet. strange. It’s a big swing, evoking “Avatar” and “Wall-E” just as much as “Star Trek,” often omitting comedy from large parts of the story to focus on painting a moving portrait. about an alien world and the people living in it (don’t worry, there’s also a nagging joke about interbreeding). It’s bold. Strange. So funny. But it is also earnest. It just wants to tell a sci-fi story, damn it. It wants to be “Star Trek.”

There’s a sense of confidence here, the display of the show’s writers and animators realizing that they can’t help themselves. Yes, they’re here to do a comedy show. But they’re also doing “Star Trek.” Who can blame them for taking a break from the hijinks to enjoy the universe they so loved?

“Star Trek: Lower Decks” season 3 premieres August 25 on Paramount+. New episodes arrive weekly. This review is based on the first eight episodes. The animated series is still as fun and adventurous as ever

Fry Electronics Team

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