Warning! The following contains spoilers from the Star Trek: Lower Decks episode “Me, Excretus”. Read at your own risk!
Paramount + animated comedy Star Trek: Lower Bridges Often walks the line of absurdity with its episodes, so it was only a matter of time before one gag or another caused controversy. And yes, I guess an orgy sequence will be the one that does that, with some of the franchise’s fans being up on both sides of the argumentation piece after the last episode delivered the hottest scene in the game. series to date.
In “Me, Excreus”, senior and junior officers temporarily switched roles in holographic simulations. Mariner failed her first two attempts, then deliberately failed her last attempt while inside a simulated version of the Cerritos in which a giant orgy takes place in the mess. The scene wasn’t as sexually graphic as this setup looks, but fans got to see members of Starfleet’s command in compromising positions, which sparked outrage from fans like the one below:
Sorry but I still have enough respect for myself NOT to watch #StarTrekLowerDecks (not even for research), so can someone tell me what’s the background behind these images? Is it artistically justifiable? Or did @MikeMcMahanTM just pop out his button and turn Trek into a cartoon porn? pic.twitter.com/q4dIisUK17October 2, 2021
This tweet and many others from equally offended viewers spoke of the classic New Trek vs old Trek debate, for which there are fans on either side of the discussion. Many took the last episode as the last proof that Star Trek the franchise has lost its way, and it shows how it only served the franchise. (Although, to be honest, there really isn’t any other Trek shows quite like Lower decks.) Beyond claims that this series is not true to Star Trek, some opponents found other ways of describing things, most of which were not flattering. Although the person below may not even realize Star Trek: Lower Bridges‘Mike McMahan was a former member of the Rick and morty creative team.
They turned Star Trek into a Rick and Morty shed. 🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/M3SEll6JwGOctober 3, 2021
For each review Star Trek: Lower Bridges received for the tastic image seen above, however, he apparently also gained just as much support. Faced with the complaints, many fans mobilized to support the series and its humor mark, which is so rarely seen in the franchise. Others also pointed out that this was not the first time the franchise adopted nudity or had risky storylines of a sexual nature.
Has Star Trek become? Naked people? In MY star trek? All over the ship? Barely censored ?? # StarTrekLowerDecks pic.twitter.com/kuXgsCMcCcOctober 2, 2021
Star Trek fans are no strangers to fandom fights, so we all know the drill. Some fans point out something in a new series it’s not Trek, “ and other fans return with evidence of the source of the complaint in a previous series. In the end, time will tell what kind of legacy Lower decks and the other Paramount + Trek shows will have, but there’s no denying that this cheeky-parting moment won’t be remembered by every fan for quite a while.
Future Trekkies will be like. These are the four most iconic scenes in Star Trek. pic.twitter.com/mrOLINVsc8October 2, 2021
I don’t know if it will help or hurt the cast to bring the Star Trek: Lower Bridges live-action cast, corn if Jack Quaid ever appears as BoimlerI’m sure many will ask if he’s going to recreate this pose. He’s already agreed to appear in Boimler’s costume, and he’s been on The boys for three seasons now, so that would be the next logical step.
Star Trek: Lower Bridges airs new episodes on Paramount + Thursdays. To know more Star Trek, read what James McAvoy had to say about the role of Jean-Luc Picard recently and how he thinks this window may be closing.