Star Trek: Lower Decks gets renewed for season 5

Paramount+ orders a fifth season of Star Trek: Lower Decks

Star Trek: Lower Decks characters Sam Rutherford, Brad Boimler, Beckett Mariner, and D'Vana Tendi

It’s been five months since Star Trek: Lower Decks completed its third-season run, and if you’re one of those Trekkies who already miss the show, we’ve got some really great news for you!

Is Star Trek: Lower Decks cancelled?

No, Star Trek: Lower Decks is not cancelled. As a matter of fact, it was just announced on Tuesday, March 28th, that the sci-fi animated series had been renewed for a 10-episode fifth season.

Paramount+ announced Star Trek: Lower Decks’ season 5 pick-up on the same day it was revealed that its sister show, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, has been renewed for a 10-episode third season.

Star Trek: Lower Decks season 4 release date

Star Trek: Lower Decks’ season 5 renewal comes over a year after Paramount+ ordered a 10-episode season 4 of the animated series in January 2022. An exact release date for season 4 has yet to be announced, but it is confirmed to premiere late this summer.

Star Trek: Lower Decks season 5 release date

Since season 4 of Star Trek: Lower Decks hasn’t even premiered yet, it’s no surprise that season 5 of the animated series doesn’t have a release date yet. More details about the show’s season 5 are expected to be announced after the fourth season completed its 10-episode run.

How many seasons of Star Trek: Lower Decks are there?

There are currently three seasons of Star Trek: Lower Decks, but as previously mentioned, seasons 4 and 5 of the animated series have already been ordered.

What is Star Trek: Lower Decks?

Created by Emmy Award winner Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty, Solar Opposites), Star Trek: Lower Decks is the ninth Star Trek series and the franchise’s first animated series since the 1970s series Star Trek: The Animated Series. In terms of tone, this is the franchise’s first-ever comedic series.

Set in the late 24th century in the Star Trek universe — in which Earth is part of the multi-species United Federation of Planets and the Federation’s military and exploration division, Starfleet, operates a fleet of starships that travel the galaxy establishing contact with alien races, Star Trek: Lower Decks revolves around the events that happen on one of Starfleet’s least important starships, the USS Cerritos.

Unlike other Star Trek series, whose main characters are typically starship captains or other senior officers, Star Trek: Lower Decks focuses on the missions and adventures of the “Lower Deckers”, a.k.a. the support crew with menial jobs, while the captain and other senior staff appear as supporting characters.

Star Trek: Lower Decks centers on Ensigns Beckett Mariner, Brad Boimler, Rutherford, D’Vana Tendi, and Sam Rutherford, who must keep up with their duties and their social lives on the USS Cerritos, often while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies. The ship’s bridge crew includes Captain Carol Freeman, Commander Jack Ransom, Lieutenant Shaxs, and Doctor T’Ana.

Star Trek: Lower Decks’ cast and characters

Star Trek: Lower Decks characters D'Vana Tendi, Sam Rutherford, Beckett Mariner and Brad Boimler
Star Trek: Lower Decks characters D’Vana Tendi, Sam Rutherford, Beckett Mariner, and Brad Boimler

Here are the main characters of Star Trek: Lower Decks, along with the actors who voice them:

Ensign Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome): A rebellious and experienced officer who has been demoted several times due to her insubordination. She is the daughter of a high-ranking Starfleet officer and has extensive knowledge of Starfleet protocols and procedures.

Ensign Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid): A by-the-book officer who is dedicated to advancing his career in Starfleet. He is often overly cautious and seeks approval from his superiors.

Ensign D’Vana Tendi (Noël Wells): A medical officer who is enthusiastic and eager to learn about new species and technologies. She is optimistic and empathetic towards her patients and colleagues.

Ensign Sam Rutherford (Eugene Cordero): A cyborg officer who has a prosthetic implant that enhances his abilities. He struggles with memory loss due to the implant’s malfunction and seeks to regain his lost memories.

Captain Carol Freeman (Dawnn Lewis): The captain of the USS Cerritos. She takes her role seriously and strives to uphold Starfleet’s ideals, but can be overbearing and micromanaging towards her crew.

Commander Jack Ransom (Jerry O’Connell): The first officer of the USS Cerritos. A charismatic and confident officer, he has a tendency to take risky actions and make decisions without consulting others, but his instincts usually turn out to be correct.

Lieutenant Shaxs (Fred Tatasciore): The Bajoran chief of security on the USS Cerritos. He is a tough and aggressive officer who takes his duty to protect the ship and crew very seriously. He has a strong faith in the Prophets of Bajor and sometimes incorporates Bajoran rituals into his duties.

Doctor T’Ana (Gillian Vigman): The chief medical officer of the USS Cerritos, who is a no-nonsense Caitian with a blunt bedside manner. She has a low tolerance for incompetence and often clashes with her medical staff. Despite her gruff exterior, she cares deeply for her patients and will go to great lengths to save them.

What will happen in Star Trek: Lower Decks season 4?

In Star Trek: Lower Decks season 4, an unknown force is destroying starships and threatening galactic peace. Luckily, the crew of the USS Cerritos isn’t important enough for stuff like that! Instead, Ensigns Mariner, Boimler, Tendi, Rutherford, and Provisional Ensign T’Lyn (Gabrielle Ruiz) are keeping up with their Starfleet duties, avoiding malevolent computers, and getting stuck in a couple caves — all while encountering new and classic aliens along the way.

Is Star Trek: Lower Decks worth the watch?

Critics have generally been positive about Star Trek: Lower Decks. Holding an 89% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the show has been praised for its unique take on the Star Trek universe and for its surprisingly deep and thoughtful exploration of the themes that define the franchise. The series has also been commended for its interesting blend of comedy, adventure, and drama, along with its strong character development, and engaging storylines that are sure to please both fans of the franchise and newcomers alike.

Where to watch Star Trek: Lower Decks

The first three seasons of Star Trek: Lower Decks are available to stream on Paramount+.

Haven’t seen Star Trek: Lower Decks yet? You can check out the first-ever trailer for the series below:

Star Trek: Lower Decks | Season 1 Official Trailer | Paramount+


Sources:, Rotten Tomatoes
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