The season two episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds "Those Old Scientists" brought Tawny Newsome and Jack Quaid's animated characters into live action aboard the Enterprise. And it was one of the funniest, most entertaining episodes of the season if you take it just for the comedic effects.
Director Jonathan Frakes, during a Trek Talks 3 panel [via Trekmovie], said he was told to do whatever he wanted to do because the dailies that the execs were seeing were "hilarious." That allowed the Strange New Worlds cast members like Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, and Rebecca Romijin to embrace their comedic sides. The result was pure magic, and now virtually everyone, including Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan, who wasn't able to be on the set during the shooting of the episode, wants another go at a crossover. In fact, he told Alex Kurtzman that he wanted to do another one, and Kurtzman was quick to replay with "absolutely."
But have there been discussions about another crossover episode? Frakes answered that during the panel as well, saying "ever since we wrapped." The cast, crew, and execs knew that a really good episode had been greated so it's not difficult to imagine those talks would have begun immediately.
Season three of Strange New Worlds is currently filming, and there haven't been any hints that Newsome and Quad, and potentially more Lower Decks characters, will be making an appearance this season. But it would definitely be welcome. Perhaps it could become tradition, much like Q on Star Trek: The Next Generation or the Borg. Every season needs at least one episode that allows viewers to simply sit back and enjoy without sitting on the edge of their seats wondering who the Gorn is going to get next. Fingers crossed we get that this season.