Star Trek: Lower Decks will feature more of a beloved character from season 3.
Star Trek: Lower Decks is on deck, for lack of a better word, this year. Season four of the animated series is set to premiere sometime near the end of 2023’s summer season. Though that’s just an estimated timeline, the premier could always be moved forward or backward depending on need.
When the show does return, it’ll feature a very popular character from seasons two and three, T’lyn. The character was an unexpected hit, and it was something that showrunner Mike McMahon didn’t see coming. As the second and third seasons were made back-to-back, it was impossible for the crew and McMahon to anticipate.
Now with season four, however, McMahon wants to use T’lyn even more. McMahon told IGN in July of last year that fans can expect to see more of the Vulcan, saying;
"I wish I had known everybody was gonna love T’lyn as much as I love T’lyn. Because T’lyn is basically not in Season 3. You get a little bit with her. But then in Season 4, I went to T’lyn town. I want to know what she’s up to."
Producing seasons Star Trek: Lower Deck back-to-back had its own share of issues
Despite T’lyn being the Vulcan version of Beckett Mariner, the character didn’t get a lot of play, as the crew was clearly afraid that people wouldn’t or didn’t like her. The third season was well underway before the second season even premiered.
The third season was ordered in April of 2021, while the second season didn’t debut until August of 2021, making it hard to gauge how the scripts would be received long-term if a character was added that didn’t get over.
The idea behind this was to cut costs during the height of the pandemic and was also the philosophy behind filming Picard. While the third season is just now airing, a lot of it was written and filmed in 2021.
It’s a great cost-saving technique, but it makes it impossible to know how fans are reacting to things on a season-by-season basis.