TrekCulture shares 10 secrets of the USS Cerritos.
The U.S.S. Cerritos is one of the least impressive-looking ships in all of Star Trek lore. Debuting in Star Trek: Lower Decks, the ship is awkwardly designed and mostly seen as nothing more than a support vessel that does tow-jobs for other ships who need to be taken in for repair. It’s not an overly impressive ship in the fleet.
The ship does have a lot of love and work put into it by series creator Mike McMahan. The ship is practically designed, shockingly enough. Most of the decisions made for the ship were done with usefulness in mind. What made sense for what situation and all that jazz. It really does pay off when you hear about the decisions that went into the ship’s design.
That’s why TrekCulture’s review of the ship is so important, as it can give fans a different perspective on the ship. It may not be the most attractive ship in the fleet but it’s pretty dang useful.
The Cerritos is actually well designed.
Despite the polarizing nature of the ship and the show, show creator Mike McMahan actually spent a lot of time designing the ship. From the support colors on the exterior, to why the nacelles are under the ship, everything has a reason. Usually a very silly reason.
Essentially the reason why the nacelles are under the ship is probably where they were put after refitting the ship to make it more powerful. No concept to design just functionality. The video goes on to explain that McMahan had intended to make the ship something that could be adjusted to fit the needs.
He also went on to explain that the ship’s design and layout, especially with regards to the engine room, were all intentional. He wanted to make sure that the engine room was appropriately sized to fit the warp core and components need.