Star Trek: Lower Decks is, without a doubt, the funniest show the franchise has to offer. In its quest to poke fun at the lore, however, there are times when creator passionate Trek superfan Mike McMahan (who has addressed fan concerns) and his crew toe the line between what some fans find funny and others find crude. Such was the case in Season 2, during which one particularly raunchy moment caused a big stir. Jack Quaid recently spoke about the controversy"at length and how his role on The Boys might’ve desensitized him to the weirdness of it.
Jack Quaid had a substantial conversation with YouTuber Jessie Gender, and the two briefly touched on “I, Excretus," specifically Lower Decks' raunchy holodeck orgy scene, which prominently featured Quaid’s character, Bradward Boimler. The actor talked about the controversy and fan discourse after the episode and explained that working on The Boys made what he did on Star Trek seem like no big deal:
Bradward Boimler had the standout moment from the orgy scene, as Mariner, as well as anyone with a Paramount+ subscription, saw the character up on the ship’s bar completely nude with his legs spread up in the air. Take a look at the moment which the episode did censor with a black bar:
That's an image that will live on in Star Trek history for some time, I’d imagine, and fans hotly debated whether the show went too far with it. Jack Quaid explained that when he worked on the episode, he had no idea what the scene would look like and explained why that moment in particular is more Trek than some might think:
The actor brings up a great point as, for all the heat Lower Decks caught, few people acknowledged what a great homage it was to similar episodes in other Trek shows. Granted, we didn’t see Picard butt-ass naked in The Next Generation’s “The Naked Now,” but it’s not like those episodes also didn’t have a level of raunch that fans might’ve stuck their noses up at back then. And as the Hughie Campbell actor hinted, none of it is even close to some of what's been done on The Boys, so it's debatable as to how much of a line the franchise really crossed in terms of decency.
The controversy eventually settled down and didn’t stop Paramount+ from bringing Star Trek: Lower Decks back for Season 3 (it’s also doing a crossover with Strange New Worlds). This season will take the characters to new places once again, including the famous Trek location Deep Space Nine. Many have wanted the new era of the franchise to revisit Deep Space Nine for some time, so this should be a treat for them and potentially open the door for DS9-related revivals with the characters from the Trek series. Of course, time will tell if we get anything as raunchy as what Jack Quaid and co. delivered during the second season.
Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 3 premieres on Paramount+ on Thursday, August 25th. It’s the latest upcoming Trek series headed to the platform, but there are still a few more things on the way for fans wondering what else is around the corner.
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