Star Trek: Lower Decks is set to premiere on CBS All Access next month.
Set in the year 2380, the animated series follows a group of junior officers aboard the U.S.S. Cerritos. The show takes place immediately after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. And about 10 years before the inciting incident for both Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Picard.
That puts it in prime position for some fun cameos.
But considering the adult-oriented show – created by former Rick And Morty producer Mike McMahan – follows the adventures of a bunch of nobodies straight out of Starfleet Academy, A-list cameos aren’t exactly what we’re looking for.
Star Trek: Lower Decks is a great vehicle to bring back some of the unsung heroes of the 24th century.
Here’s five Star Trek: Lower Decks guest stars we’d love to see.
Star Trek: Lower Decks has a cast made up of ensigns. Starry-eyed, naive dreamers looking to make their mark on the final frontier.
Who better to disillusion them than Quark?
The Ferengi bartender from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine would be a fun foil for our new recruits.
There’s tons of innuendo throughout the Trek franchise about what lecherous and slimy the Ferengi are. What better way to show that off than in a cartoon from a former Rick And Morty producer?
Plus, everybody loves Quark. Who wouldn’t love to see him try to sell a bunch of kids on a surefire way to get promoted with an awful, awful catch?
4. Harry Mudd
Am I the one who could’ve used another appearance from Mudd on Star Trek: Discovery?
Rainn Wilson was terrific in his two guest shots as Mudd in Discovery. And even though Star Trek: Lower Decks is 130 years past Discovery, this is Star Trek we’re talking about here. Time travel is a thing.
It was clear that Wilson had a blast playing the duplicitous smuggler, a character pulled from the lore of Star Trek: The Original Series. Why not Wilson let his comedic chops run amok in an unfettered format?
Even better, maybe a Quark and Mudd team-up. The possibilities are literally boundless for Star Trek: Lower Decks.
3. William T. Riker
Okay, I know we said no A-listers. But put Riker’s (mostly) unearned reputation among Trek fans as something of a degenerate together with adult-themed animation?
That’s a recipe for comedy gold. Star Trek: Lower Decks would be crazy not to take advantage.
And in the timeline, it wouldn’t be impossible. Riker would be about a year into his command of the U.S.S. Titan in the time of Lower Decks. Maybe he’s bored with command and is just flying the Titan around on joyrides.
Or maybe he rendezvous with the Cerritos just to see if the ship has an alien race he hasn’t banged yet.
Either way, Jonathan Frakes could have a blast taking Riker as far as he wants with Star Trek: Lower Decks.
2. Reginald Barclay
Oh, Barclay. How Star Trek has missed you.
As it does with most things, Star Trek: Voyager all but undid everything that was great about Barclay. On Star Trek: The Next Generation, Barclay (played by the brilliant Dwight Schultz) was the most relatable Star Trek character ever.
He was an underachiever, he hated his bosses, and he had no idea what he was doing with his life. Also, he was incredibly awkward socially and frequently escaped reality by hanging out on the holodeck for hours on end.
In other words, he was every human being alive today. Barclay was often great fodder for comedy on TNG, and that would make him a perfect fit for Star Trek: Lower Decks.
A lovable schlub that the kids of the Cerritos go out of their way to be nothing like.
1. Wesley Crusher
I know, I know, the fans don’t like Wesley. Hell, I don’t like Wesley.
But he’d be a good fit for Star Trek: Lower Decks.
In the years since leaving TNG, Wesley actor Wil Wheaton became something of an internet god. A geeky savior. The voice of the nerdy.
As with Riker, the audience has a firm and exaggerated opinion of what Wesley was to Star Trek. Use that and turn it up to 11. Wheaton is already somewhat back in the Star Trek fold, hosting the post-show for Star Trek: Picard. And fans have been begging for years to find out what happened to Wesley after he left TNG.
A return on Star Trek: Lower Decks would check all the boxes.
Star Trek: Lower Decks premieres on CBS All Access on Thursday, August 6.
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