One of the fun things about “Lower Decks” is just how jam-packed with jokes and references. Every single episode is forcing fans to think about new ideas in the world of “Star Trek.” Like Klingon acid punk as a music genre. Is there any small bit you wished that you’d gotten to take further or you want to return to in the future?
Well, luckily we’re writing season 4 right now. You guys are about to see it. So you’ll see that, yeah. There’s a lot of stuff that I want to build on. And Klingon acid punk … there’s this thing about “Star Trek” that’s so palatable and so broad. There’s a reason it works, that so many audiences, whether you’re a man or a woman, or a kid or an adult, or anything, whatever your background is. It speaks to so many people. It’s about respect. And it’s about truth and respecting people of different backgrounds, but it’s also, “Look, we’re going to a planet and it’s very monocultural. Here’s where the Klingons live. They’re all like that.” Right?
But now we’ve got 700 episodes. We’ve met Worf. We’ve met B’Elanna. It’s different. And so as they build out those monocultures into something that’s more textured, that’s what I like to do about it. I like to be like, “Okay. Let’s take Exocomp. We saw them in one episode. What if we started to build them out? Like, where could they have gone? What are more textures of them?” And actually, you’ll see some of that in season 3. And even if we’re writing season 4, there are some major “Star Trek” planets where I’m like, “Let’s go there. We’ve never been there. Let’s check this out. Let’s see what it’s like.” Getting to do that but still telling stories about likable, fun, respectful, science-driven Starfleet officers, kind of like you get to write real “Star Trek” while having fun and telling a story while you’re doing it. It’s just a blast.