Animated series Star Trek: Lower Deck stars Jack Quaid and Tawny Newsome say that the second season will show more of Beckett Mariner’s backstory.
Star Trek: Lower Decks will show more of Beckett Mariner’s backstory. The science fiction series initially started with Star Trek: The Original Series, which aired from 1966-1969. The story explores the adventures of a crew on the starship USS Enterprise. Set in the 23rd century, they seek to explore a variety of worlds and civilizations. The series spawned more television series, a film franchise, some animated shows, and various Star Trek merchandise, which has resulted in it becoming one of the biggest fandoms in entertainment culture.
One of the animated series from the franchise is Star Trek: Lower Decks, which started in 2020. It began on CBS All Access, which would later be renamed Paramount+. The show is created by Mike McMahan, who is known for creating Hulu’s Solar Opposites and for his work on Rick and Morty. This marks the first comedic series in the franchise, with the story following low-ranking crewmates. The story takes place in 2380 on the U.S.S. Cerritos. Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, and Eugene Cordero voice the main crew members. The second season will be available on Paramount+ on August 12.
In an interview reported on by Trek Movie, actors Quaid and Newsome talked about the upcoming season of Star Trek: Lower Decks. In particular, they spoke about the journeys of their characters Brad Boimler and Mariner, respectively. Newsome talked about how Boimler hasn’t exactly hidden his past, although there’s still a lot to learn about Mariner. She acknowledged that she doesn’t even know all of the answers, but some are revealed in season 2. Read on below for their full statements:
Quaid: “Yes, a bit. That was always such an interesting part about the show, particularly with Tawny’s character, just seeing where she’s been. Because she’s had this kind of history. I feel like this is more your question? Yes, we do get into it a little bit more.”
Newsome: “Yeah, Boimler has kind of worn his past on his sleeve a bit… I know everyone wants to know about Mariner. I’ve seen all the theories… Was Mariner a child on the Enterprise? Is Mariner a time traveler? Is Mariner in some secret ops? There are all these things… Why has Mariner been to all these places and worked with all these people? How old is she? Is she 1,000? Is she 25 like the rest of them? And the answer is: I’m not gonna tell you, and some of it’s because I don’t know and some of it’s because we reveal a little bit in the season. So it’ll be delightful when you find out. But you’re just in it for the long haul with her. She’s not going to tell you all her sh*t upfront. She’s just not–the show or the character. So you just got to keep watching.”
Mariner is known by fans of the show for her status on the U.S.S. Cerritos and for being the daughter of Captain Freeman. In the first season, she really wanted to keep the father/daughter connection with Freeman a secret from others. While the captain wants her to transfer to another ship, she refuses. He gives her increasingly difficult jobs to discourage her from staying aboard Cerritos. By the end of the first season, Boimler tells everybody onboard that she’s the daughter of the captain.
The second season of Star Trek: Lower Decks looks like it will be building up some more of the characters from the first season. By exploring a bit more of Mariner’s backstory, audiences will be able to learn more about her motivations and how she ended up where she is. However, Newsome admitted that there will still be plenty of questions about the character that will still go unanswered after season 2. Perhaps the third season that has already been announced will dive even deeper into her history to provide audiences with more of her past adventures.
Source: Trek Movie
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