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Star Trek expands its universe by venturing into animation

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Despite the crisis in the entertainment world, the Star Trek universe continues to expand.

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This time he does it by venturing into the world of animation with two series: Star Trek: Prodigy, for Nickelodeon, and Star Trek: Lower Decks, for CBS All Access.

The announcement occurred yesterday during the virtual panel of the saga in the first edition of Comic-Con @ Home.

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The executive producers behind these spin-offs, Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kayden, met with the casts of both animations, as well as Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard.

"We listened to the fans and we really wanted to tell everyone about these plans at the last issue of Comic-Con. People were speculating and asking questions, and we couldn't say anything," said Kurtzman.

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"In addition to Lower Decks, we are developing a new children's show on Nickelodeon, which the talented brothers Kevin and Dan Hageman are developing and producing. We are very excited that the children can get into Star Trek!" Added Kayden.

And while Prodigy didn't go into great detail, for Lower Decks they previewed the first episode of the animated series, which will premiere on August 6 on CBS All Access, and will focus on a group of second-tier officers, who aspire to become in their idols in command.

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The story, from executive producer Mike McMahan, takes place in 2380, just after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, but long before the events of Star Trek: Picard.
They also released a preview of the end of the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, while the cast gathered for a virtual read of episode 2/14: "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part.2".

Featuring never-before-seen original content, such as original storyboards and visual effects renders, this gathering was a delight to the 24,454 people who went online.

Led by Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp and Ethan Peck, among others, the cast agreed that what they most enjoy about this story are the messages of acceptance and unity.

"Star Trek has always been an aspiration for our society and our country, and it has been our job to help not only imagine that future, but build it," said Wilson Cruz.
"I think going into the third season, we have an opportunity to have this conversation about the world we want to create and how each of us has that responsibility to create it together."

The meeting ended with the participation of Sir Patrick Stewart, who joined the broadcast of Star Trek: Picard to talk about the reception he has had this first season, which brings back his iconic character Jean-Luc Picard, who he played as first time in 1987 on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

"We didn't bring him back, in fact he never left, and at first it was very challenging, although perhaps it is appropriate for the times we are living in right now as well.
"I think I was excited to see how the world in this universe changed in all this time," said Stewart.

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"I made the best decision (when I returned) and it was because of the people I met at the first meetings, the production team and the script, who not only wanted to revive 'Next Generation', but also to illustrate the years that have passed."
Patrick Stewart, actor

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