Star Trek: Lower Decks will be bringing back the past this season.
Star Trek: Lower Decks will be going to where we’ve gone before for the upcoming third season. The series is going full bore into the nostalgia, with not just past characters coming back but apparently planets as well.
Mike McMahon, the series creator sat down with Slashfilms for an interview and spoke about how the series is going to be going back to famous planets of yesteryear in the upcoming season of the series. The point is to further go into the history and unique cultures of these planets that we’ve only ever seen one version of.
That seems to be the point in seasons three and four, with McMahon further explaining the idea, saying;
"And so as they build out those monocultures into something that’s more textured, that’s what I like to do about it. I like to be like, “Okay. Let’s take Exocomp. We saw them in one episode. What if we started to build them out? Like, where could they have gone? What are more textures of them?” And actually, you’ll see some of that in season 3. And even if we’re writing season 4, there are some major “Star Trek” planets where I’m like, “Let’s go there. We’ve never been there. Let’s check this out. Let’s see what it’s like.”"
Planets aren’t the only thing coming back in Star Trek: Lower Decks
"We are going to see what’s going on with Carol Freeman. We’re going to see how our lower deckers deal with that. We had a little teaser that we released [at Mission: Star Trek Chicago] that showed a really fun role-playing type game that [we get to] tackle. So yeah, fun little bits like that, fun little nod to things that are out in the universe a little bit and maybe some legacy characters."
We’ve seen names like Q, William Riker, and Tom Paris all return to the franchise through Lower Decks (and other series too). So it’s very possible that we get guys like Harry Kim or Quark in the next season of the show.
Here’s hoping, as that seems to be the show’s strength.