Tawny Newsome as Mariner and Jack Quaid as Boimler in the trailer of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, streaming on Paramount+, 2023. Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/Paramount+

‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Trailer Offers First Look at ‘Lower Decks’ Characters in Live-Action

Following the triumphant series finale “Star Trek: Picard,” it’s important that Paramount+’s burgeoning “Trek” universe keep up its momentum. And based on the ‘Strange New Worlds’ Season 2 trailer that just came out, that seems very likely.

More than any other ‘Star Trek’ show on the streamer, aside from ‘Picard’ Season 3, ‘Strange New Worlds’ puts the characters first, even building an entire episode around, say, Dr. Mbenga (Babs Olusanmokun ) who explores a fantasy world created by his daughter as a way for him to process letting her go. It was the kind of attention to detail that some of the supporting characters in “Discovery” never received. Partly because serialized storytelling just makes it harder.

Based on the Season 2 trailer, ‘Strange New Worlds’ certainly delivers another season of character-driven storytelling: there’s a glimpse of Nurse Chapel (Jess Bush) kissing an uncomfortable Spock, continuing the storyline of his crush for him from the first season. And we see more of Ortegas’ daredevil fly. Not much is seen happening with Rebecca Romijn’s number one, who was taken off the Enterprise in the season 1 finale by Starfleet security for being genetically enhanced. But there seems to be a fun moment with the crew having some blood wine with the Klingons.

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If there’s another “Trek” show on Paramount+ where character comes first, it’s absolutely “Lower Decks.” So despite the fact that that show is animated and ‘Strange New Worlds’ is live-action, and despite the fact that ‘Lower Decks’ takes place nearly 130 years later, somehow they’re doing a crossover this season! And we got our first taste of Tawny Newsome as Mariner and Jack Quaid as Boimler, reprising the characters who voice “Lower Decks,” but this time in the flesh. Katee Sackhoff has gone from voicing Bo-Katan in ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ to playing her in the live-action ‘The Mandalorian’, but this crossover is also far more ambitious.

Watch the trailer below:


The season of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” will premiere on Paramount+ on June 17th.