Star Trek: Lower Decks is bringing back a fan-favorite character.
Star Trek: Lower Decks may not be everyone’s favorite cup of coffee, but the show is doing its best to find an audience, whomever it may be. The show has introduced a unique cast of characters, and have sprinkled in some famous Star Trek icons of the past, and helped create new side characters for fans to gravitate to.
One of these characters is the “outrageous” Vulcan known as T’Lyn. As a Vulcan usually uses logic to determine the best course of action, T’Lyn does a very un-Vulcan-like thing and trusts her instincts. More akin to Spock than say a Tuvok. This is part of the reason series creator Mike McMahon wants to bring her back.
"I’m so excited to write more stuff for T’Lyn. She only gets a little bit in season three, but it’s partially because we were writing season three when you were watching season two, so that episode hadn’t fully come in yet, and I wanted to make sure it was as good as I thought it would be before I started tipping the scales a little bit and seeing a lot more of T’Lyn."
Star Trek: Lower Decks should focus more on original characters
Bringing back T’Lyn, and using other characters like T’Ana, Shaxs, and Rutherford really help give the show its own unique flare. While not everyone likes the flare, and that’s ok, it’s always better to steer into such things.
The last thing you want to do at this juncture is to try to make it a show for everyone or even just every fan because that’s not going to work. Bringing in characters like Q and Tom Paris for cameos is cute and all, but the show seems to do its best when it’s doing its own thing.
People are already liking it or are never going to like it at this point so give the new fans some new things to make their own and avoid going back to the well too often. Nostalgia isn’t the way to go and characters lie T’Lyn and others make Lower Decks what it is.