STAR TREK – LOWER DECKS SEASON TWO SERIES REVIEW
I get that a lot of the new Trek shows don’t really appeal to some of the fans of the older shows as they have a VERY different feel, aren’t episodic, and can be a little overly…edgy. But the one show that ANYONE who digs on TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager, or Enterprise really, REALLY should be watching right now is “Lower Decks”. Yes, I know it’s animated. Yes, I know it’s a 30 minute comedy series. But it was MADE for the fans of the original stuff. AND (somehow) it’s canon, taking place five years after the end of the Dominion War (“Deep Space Nine”). References abound to all the other shows and films and these not bridge crew characters, who often go unappreciated but a LOT of the time end up saving the ship, are wonderful. Season two continues the storylines from the first season, evolves its characters, adds a Tamarian to the crew (“Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra” if that sentence reminds you of the TNG episode), and in general ups the comedy and animation quality. To put it short, we kinda loved it. Listen to Chris, Harmoni, Elliot, and Marco go over some of the highest points and try to convince you that this alone is worth getting Paramount Plus for.
CREATED BY: Mike McMahan and Barry J. Kelly
STARRING: Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, Eugene Cordero, Dawnn Lewis, Jerry O’Connell, Fred Tatasciore, Gillian Vigman, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Lapkus, Jessica McKenna, Ben Rodgers, Rich Fulcher, Marcus Henderson, Carl Tart, Paul F. Tompkins, Paul Scheer, Jonathan Frakes, Robert Duncan McNeill, Jeffrey Combs, Alice Krige, Lycia Naff
Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas in 1992 where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this community of critics. While Brian eventually followed his heart to a new family, Chris continues on with a cast of colorful folks from all over the country (and a few others). You can also check out Chris in his videocast, along with Martin Thomas and Danni Danger, that One Of Us does with our friends at Bell of Lost Souls: Crossover Event. He also regularly guests on the video game website Rage Select. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Harmoni Anderson (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Unstabletop Gaming)
Harmoni is a mermaid-haired, millennial, rum drinking, Section 31, Slytherin (who’s divorced J.K. Rowling) preschool/nursery teacher and multi genre geek who also loves all things film, tv, fashion, makeup, and an embarrassingly huge BTS stan. Like really embarrassing. As in, mention them and then sit back and watch the insanity. Harmoni likes being able to game and talk movies/TV with people that aren’t 3 feet tall or all that demanding of her. Plus she can curse at us and not get fired….so bonus!
Ryan Aleck Hill (Screener Squad, Video and Audio editor)
Ryan is a Washington D.C. based filmmaker & video editor who loves watching and talking about movies more than just about anything. He currently works at a creative agency as a director of photography/video editor, and does freelance video editing for Anthony Fantano/TheNeedleDrop. He also has a YouTube channel (Downhill Media) where he works on a weirdo art explainer series called “Artsplained” with his partner Michelle. He was a part of the Spill.com community way back in the day, where he was cursed with an obsession for movies. In an effort to break the curse, he shows up on the Screener Squad podcast every once in a while and edits for One Of Us. Chris Cox claims that this is the only way it can be broken. You can follow him on Twitter but you’ll probably regret it.
Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)
By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.
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