One of the central elements Star Trek: The Lower Decks is to stuff every episode full of Easter eggs and jokes. The trailer for season three comes in droves. These links are a guide to what you should watch before the series returns to Paramount+ on August 25th.
This article would be ten pages long if I were to point out and explain every callback in the trailer. Instead, I’ve picked the ten references that stuck out to me the most and listed them below in the order they appear in the trailer.
Note: Episode titles in the titles are followed by the abbreviation of the series to which they belong, and the series and episode numbers. TAS=Star Trek: The Animated SeriesTNG=Star Trek: The Next GenerationDS9=Star Trek: Deep Space NineVOY=Star Trek: Voyager
Warning: spoiler: In explaining why I recommend specific episodes and movies, I’m bound to spoil various aspects Star Trek the franchise as a whole.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
The first thing we hear in the trailer is the carnival barking of sailors at a job fair outside the Federation embassy, luring visitors to the Starfleet tent. “Starfleet! Get your Starfleet! Get ready for warp ten excitement! Discover an undiscovered land,” an obvious reference to the 1991 film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. But that’s not the only reason you should watch the final outing of William Shatner and co. Another part of the trailer refers to Captain Freeman being arrested and put on trial. And the shot of her surrounded, seemingly handcuffed, by Starfleet security officers is reminiscent of the trial of Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy in that movie. If only they could resurrect Christopher Plummer to reprise his role as Shakesphere-quoting Klingon prosecutor General Chang.
Undiscovered country actually follows the rich tradition of court drama Star Trek. If you’re into that kind of suspense, you can check out the episode “Court Martial” in the original series, “The Measure of a Man,” “The Drumhead,” and “A Matter of Perspective” in The next generationand “Tribunal” in Deep Space Nine.
‘Homefront’ (DS9 4×11)
The next scene shows Mariner, Boimler, Tendi and Rutherford in Sisko’s Creole kitchen. This restaurant is owned and operated by Captain Benjamin Sisko’s father, Joseph Sisko. He first appears in “Homefront”, the first of a two-part story in the Dominion War arc, which depicts Starfleet’s concern that shape-shifting aliens have infiltrated the Federation’s most sensitive institutions and may even impersonate Starfleet officers. It’s the story of an enemy among us that evokes high stakes, both personal for Sisko and existential for the Federation. This concept has been tried before in Trek, mostly badly. An episode that deals with these topics that you definitely shouldn’t watch is “Conspiracy” from season one Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Fans of classic Star Trek will recognize this immediately Lower decks pays significant tribute Star Trek III: The Search for Spock when they see the third set of promotional posters, which are heavily influenced by the theatrical posters of the 1984 film. Lower decks the crew tried to steal Cerritos. in The Search for SpockCaptain Kirk and crew chief badly damaged USS Enterprise when Starfleet Command rejects their request to return to the planet Genesis and retrieve the body of their fallen friend Spock.
Star Trek (2009)
While Lower decks generally sticking to satirizing Star Trek of the classic era, JJ Abrams’ Kelvin Timeline films are not ignored. In the action montage, we see the Mariner skydiving and parachuting in a manner that is strikingly reminiscent of the sequence in Star Trek (2009). Chris Pine, playing Captain Kirk, performed the same maneuver. In the movie, Kirk and Sulu finish their orbital jump by landing on a platform drill that blasts a hole through a volcanic wave. What follows is an exciting phaser/sword battle with Romulan villains who want to destroy the planet. The Mariner’s fall ends when he deploys his parachute with the Mask symbol (more on that later) and crashes face first into the pylon.
‘Apocalypse Rising’ (DS9 5×1)
Deep Space Nine fans remember General Martok as one of the most important and impressive recurring characters. In the trailer, Martok appears on screen and declares Cerritos crew (dressed in Klingon cosplay garb) that “the greatest adventure of your life is about to begin”. The Lower decks The friends appear to be playing a Klingon themed board game and eating corn chips while watching the screen. So they can watch the recorded message that is part of the game. However, a good Martok episode is always worth re-watching. The best solution is the most important episode of Martok’s arc: “Apocalypse Rising”. Not only does the episode redefine Martok’s role on the show, it also serves as a turning point in the series’ storyline.
“Extreme Risk” (VOY 5×3)
The Starfleet Space Shuttle is one of the most iconic space vehicles in the Star Trek series. Each series has its own take on these miniature starships. Deep Space Nine introduced the runabout to transport his shipless crew around the Bajoran system and into the Gamma Quadrant. in VoyagerThe Delta Quadrant proved too dangerous an environment for a standard Starfleet shuttle to survive. So in the season five episode “Extreme Risk”, Captain Janeway tasks his crew with building a more robust vessel based on Tom Paris’s design: Delta Flyer, with sleek new flight suits. IN Lower decks there are two blink-and-you-miss-it shots in the trailer Delta Flyer piloted by Rutherford in a very nice craft uniform.
‘Masks’ (TNG 7×17)
Of the several recurring elements in the trailer, we see the most references to the seventh season The next generation the story of “The Mask”. In the episode, Business The crew investigates a rogue note that turns out to be the last remnant of an ancient civilization. Throughout the episode, small artifacts materialize throughout the ship, and the essence of the race’s sun goddess, Masaka, manifests by possessing Data. The Lower decks trailer, shows three references to Masaka. First at the Starfleet job fair, then on the Mariner’s diving parachute, and finally the Mariner wears the Masaku Mask while floating around his crew members with electrified eyes and hands. So it seems like an entire episode is devoted to this deep cut of TNG.
“Quality of Life” (TNG 6×9)
Last we saw Lower deckThe Exocomp character Peanut Hamper was floating in deep space after refusing to sacrifice himself to save Cerritos the crew. However, just before the end of the trailer, Peanut Hamper appears trapped and in distress on some spinning device, hinting at her return to the series. However, if you don’t know what Exocomp is, you should check it out The next generation episode “Quality of Life”. In the story, Exocomps were invented as repair robots to help build new particle fountain mining technology. When the pet-sized robots began to show signs of consciousness and self-awareness, Dat found himself forced to intercede for them so that they would not be used against their will in dangerous situations.
“As Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth” (TAS 2×5)
One of the trends in Star Trek franchise these days is bringing more attention to the often neglected animated series. We see in the trailer Cerritos Lt. Steve Stevens on the run from a snake dragon style creature. The beast is most likely the second appearance of Kukulkan v Star Trek. The first is in the 1974 animated episode “Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth”. Kukulkan is based on a Mesoamerican snake deity worshiped by the ancient Mayans and Aztecs. In the episode, Kukulkan traps Kirk, McCoy and Scotty in a simulation of ancient Earth cultures where they must solve a divine riddle to escape. This episode is not the first time Business the crew met literal deities. They met the Greek god Apollo in the series’ original episode “Who Mourns for Adonaise”.
‘Emissary’ (DS9 1×1)
The last piece Lower decks the trailer shows Cerritos arrival at Deep Space Nine. Captain Freeman orders Commander Ransom to “buy me some time” and leave the bridge. The first officer suggests that the pilot “circle around and pretend we’re in awe of the pylons,” an obvious jab at the opening credits sequence. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which features continuous glorious shots of the space station accompanied by majestic music. It may be played as a joke now, but when the show aired in the 90s, it was top-notch TV special effects. And because Deep Space Nine seems like another recurring theme Lower decks third season, it will serve you well to watch as much of that series as possible. Starting with the first moment we hear that famous theme music in the show pilot “Emissary”.