Star Trek: McMahan Updates Lower Decks/Strange New Worlds Crossover

Before we take a look at what's ahead for the third season of Mike McMahan and Paramount+'s Jack Quaid & Tawny Newsome-starring Star Trek: Lower Decks, we have an update on that highly anticipated crossover between "Lower Decks" and "Strange New World" that was announced over the summer. "First off, they look amazing. I was supposed to be up there [on set], but schedules didn't align," McMahan shared with The Hollywood Reporter. "They were there, and I was getting selfies of Tawny and Jack in their uniforms, hanging out with Jonathan Frakes and Ethan Peck, making fun of me that I couldn't be there. They were all up there having this friendship bloom, and I got to see that when they all came together again in San Diego at Comic-Con."

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Image: Paramount+ Screencap

McMahan also revealed how involved he was on the story side before teasing how the "Strange New Worlds" crew may not be ready for what the "Lower Decks" team brings. "I also got to punch up the script and help make sure it felt like 'Lower Decks,' so I was getting to write lines for Spock [Ethan Peck] and Uhura [Celia Rose Gooding], and Pike [Anson Mount]," he explained. "I will say, they may have gone to strange new worlds before, but they have never had strange new characters like mine showing up on the show. It's funny, I feel like the Enterprise crew is really good at figuring out and handling aliens, but they're completely flummoxed by how to deal with human beings like I created."

What We Know About Star Trek: Lower Decks S03E07 "A Mathematically Perfect Redemption"

Written by Ann Kim and directed by Jason Zurek, Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 3 Episode 7 "A Mathematically Perfect Redemption" finds a wayward Starfleet ensign struggling to find a path to redemption. Interestingly enough, only one preview image was released for this week's chapter:

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"A Mathematically Perfect Redemption"- Ep#307 – Photo: PARAMOUNT+ ©2022 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Jack Quaid on Lower Decks/Strange New Worlds Crossover

Quaid previously shared some details on what fans can expect from the upcoming Lower Decks/Strange New Worlds crossover with EW, including that Quaid's Boimler & Newsome's Mariner will be appearing in physical form, and Jonathan Frakes is directing the episode. In addition, Quaid opens up about his bromance with Peck and what it was like donning a Starfleet uniform. In addition, Quaid dropped a teaser about the third season of Lower Decks that includes some Deep Space Nine talk.

Quaid & Ethan Peck: "Spoimler"? "It was great. That cast was awesome. Ethan Peck and I have a bromance for the ages. We call it Spoimler: Spock and Boimler. It's amazing, but that whole cast is so friendly and welcoming and cool. We just had a ball, and we got to be directed by Jonathan Frakes. So what could be better?"

Quaid on Getting to Wear a Starfleet Uniform: "[Boimler] holds such a special place in my heart. He's one of my favorite characters I've ever played, but to be able to fully inhabit him, put on the uniform, make my hair purple, all that stuff, that was such a good time." But as much of an honor as it was? The uniforms have a high "sweaty" factor. "I figured it would be sweaty 'cause I tend to sweat a lot, but my God, that thing is not breathable. It looked really good, but there were those first few fittings where I had the purple hair, I had the uniform on, it just blew my mind. The coolest part was I was able to study the show and look at how the artist animated Boimler and how he moved, and I was able to put a little bit of that in there," Quaid added.

"Deep Space Nine" Factors Into "Lower Decks" in Many Ways: "We actually get to see the station, we get to walk the promenade, and you get to see some familiar faces. I'm just so excited that fans get to see that, cause we started the tease in one of the early seasons where a ship was docked at 'Deep Space Nine.' It was in a flashback, and fans freaked out about that, but I think it's gonna make a lot of 'Deep Space Nine' fans very, very happy."


Star Trek: Lower Decks stars Tawny Newsome (Ensign Beckett Mariner), Jack Quaid (Ensign Brad Boimler), Noël Wells (Ensign D'Vana Tendi), Eugene Cordero (Ensign Samathan Rutherford), Dawnn Lewis (Captain Carol Freeman), Jerry O'Connell (Commander Jack Ransom), and Gillian Vigman (Doctor T'Ana). Produced by CBS' Eye Animation Productions, Secret Hideout & Roddenberry Entertainment, and developed/created by McMahan, the animated series is executive produced by McMahan, Alex Kurtzman (Secret Hideout), Heather Kadin (Secret Hideout), Rod Roddenberry (Roddenberry Entertainment), Trevor Roth (Roddenberry Entertainment), Katie Krentz (219 Productions), and Aaron Baiers (Secret Hideout).

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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