SDCC Star Trek Roundup: ‘Discovery’, ‘Lower Decks’, & ‘Picard’

CBS held a panel at San Diego Comic-Con today focused on all things Star Trek (well except no movie talk). The three major projects covered was Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and Star Trek: Picard.

First off, the panel covered the current Star Trek series streaming on CBS All Access, Star Trek: Discovery. The series finished it’s second season earlier this year and is headed toward a third. At the end of the second season, the Discovery crew was given a new status quo, actually going where no one has gone before in a Trek series.

Filming has begun on the third season and a new character was introduced Cleveland Booker (aka Book), played by David Ajala who was in attendance. Book is described as “smart and capable” with “a devil-may-care attitude that tends to get him into trouble as often as it gets him out”.

Also on hand at the panel were actors Ethan Peck (Discovery’s Spock) and Rebecca Romijn (Discovery’s Number One) announcing that they, along with Anson Mount (Discovery’s Captain Pike) will be reprising their roles in a few episodes of Star Trek: Short Treks.

The upcoming Short Treks titles were revealed: “Ask Not,” “Q&A,” “The Trouble with Edward,” “The Girl Who Made the Stars,” “Ephaim and Dot” and “Children of Mars.” Three of the Short Treks will deal with the Enterprise crew, two will be animated, and one will be a teaser for Star Trek: Picard. A trailer for the new Short Treks was shown:

Next up is the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks. Lower Decks was announced last Fall, and is headed up by Rick and Morty head writer Mike McMahan and features the support crew of one of the least important ship in Starfleet.

Star Trek: Lower Decks logo

It was revealed today that that ship is the U.S.S. Cerritos and the main characters of the show will be:

Ensign Mariner voiced by: Tawny Newsome
Ensign Boimler voiced by Jack Quaid
Ensign Tendi voiced by Noël Wells
Ensign Rutherford voiced by Eugene Cordero

Also in the show will the Cerritos’ bridge crew:

Bridge crew (left to right): Lieutenant Shaxs (Fred Tatasciore), Captain Freeman (Dawnn Lewis), Commander Ransom (Jerry O’Connell), and Dr. T’ana (Gillian Vigman)

Star Trek: Lower Decks’ first season will run for 10 episodes starting on 2020 on CBS All Access.

Lower Decks star Tawny Newsome will also be hosting the official Star Trek podcast.

Finally, the Star Trek: Picard cast joined the panel including Picard himself Sir Patrick Stewart. Sadly the best character did not show up. A new trailer for the show was shown which included a few familiar faces.

Picard was expected to engage with audiences later this year, but is now aiming for early 2020 on CBS All Access.