Warning! The following may contain spoilers for the Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 1 finale "No Small Parts." Read at your own risk!
Star Treks: Lower Decks recently wrapped for Season 1, and with its conclusion comes the hordes of fans wishing to give their thoughts and opinions on the latest Star Trek series. Obviously, the franchise's first official comedy had some quick fans, but with that new territory also came some naysayers who weren't on board with a sillier take on the franchise's lore.
The response of those fans wasn't too surprising for creator and showrunner Mike McMahan, who spoke to Variety about Season 1 as a whole. McMahan talked about how he felt about complaints in regards to Star Trek: Lower Decks, and how that's more or less something that comes with the territory of creating a Star Trek series. When asked if he was shocked at the response, McMahan said:
Mike McMahan brought up the unique position he was in, being tasked with creating humor in the world of Star Trek without essentially creating a parody of Star Trek. One could argue it's easier for shows like The Orville to walk the line because it can pay homage while enjoying the luxury that they're not actually affecting Star Trek canon. This wasn't the case with Star Trek: Lower Decks, which meant McMahan had to work within the context of the show's universe, and find humor while still preserving the canon of the TNG universe.
While there may be some downsides to having to adhere to canon, it's hard to argue there aren't advantages either. For example, Star Trek: Lower Decks can use characters from the Star Trek: The Next Generation era, which the show has already taken full advantage of in Season 1. Q, Riker, and Deanna Troi all got parts in Season 1, and McMahan confirmed that more characters will be appearing in Season 2.
Mike McMahan is right about the level of criticism for shows within the Star Trek fandom. Each and every recent show has had its share of critics, and opinions of classic Trek shows tend to change among fans as the years go on. Some become more beloved than they were originally, and others more divisive. Bottom line, Star Trek: Lower Decks isn't the first Trek series to get negative criticism, and it certainly won't be the last.
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