Jack Quaid comments on the crossover between Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Lower Decks

Jack Quaid comments on the crossover between Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Lower Decks

Jack Quaid comments on the crossover between Star Trek

The second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is awaited with particular curiosity by trekkie, who in addition to wanting to find out how the story of the crew commanded by Christopher Pike will evolve, are curious about an announcement made at the recent San Diego Comic-Con: the crossover between Star Trek Strange New Worlds and Lower Decks. The animated series available on Prime Video recently reached its third season, but the news that the two productions could share an adventure has piqued the interest of fans of the franchise.

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Jack Quaid reveals new details on the crossover between Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Lower Decks

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds was born as a spin-off of Star Trek: Discovery, a nature that allows the writers to tell the years immediately preceding James Tiberius Kirk's inauguration as commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Reconnecting with historical installments of the original series, such as Mutiny, the new Star Trek series has shown that it can best show the original spirit of Roddenberry's Star Trek.

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To spark interest again for the crossover between Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Lower Decks is Jack Quaid, who in addition to interpreting one of the protagonists of The Boys is also the voice actor of Boimler, one of the protagonists of the animated series of Star Trek. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Quaid responded to how he might react to having to play his Boimler in live action:

I think it would be better to specify exactly how everything will happen, because I'm seeing a lot of different speculation about. We have already shot it, and everything revolves around the live action version of my character and that of Tawny Newsome. I don't know if I can give some texture details, but yes, I'll have purple hair, and we'll have uniforms. We will go aboard the Enterprise, which is truly exciting, and interact with this spectacular cast and fantastic crew. And it was a real challenge to play those characters in live action. How to do? Did you do too much? Too little? How do you remain credible to the rumor? How do you show his physicality? | ); } Helping Quaid in this challenge was the cast of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, who supported the actor in bringing his character from the animated dimension to live action, a challenge that also required finding an acting that could reproduce Boimler's physicality so that it was believable even live:

I have a feeling that Ethan Peck and I now have a kind of bromance. It's great, we got along right away. Tawny never thought she would be physically on a Starfleet spaceship, she kept touching all the buttons and equipment, breaking everything. To be able to see all of this through her eyes was amazing. We're great friends in real life, so doing all of this together was amazing. We will be the animated elements of all of this, but not like in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? with animated characters mixed with real actors. You will see how it all turns out, it's really cool.

Jack Quaid on Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Crossover With Strange New Worlds

Between The Boys and Star Trek: Lower Decks, Jack Quaid already has two successful franchises under his belt. However, Quaid’s success as an actor has also given him the rare opportunity to portray his animated character, Brad Boimler, in live-action. As part of the upcoming season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Quaid and his Lower Decks co-star, Tawny Newsome, will reprise their respective roles as Boimler and Beckett Mariner for a special episode. And in a new interview with Variety, Quaid shed some light on Lower Decks‘ crossover with the live-action side of Star Trek.

“We’re coming aboard the Enterprise,” said Quaid. “I won’t get into the plot details of how exactly that happens. But we got to be on the physical set [and] we got to actually be in the bridge and the transporter bay and the hallways. We got to go all over the ship and interact with that amazing cast. There are some animated elements to the episode, but it’s not like a Roger Rabbit where, like, there’s an animated Boimler following Pike down a hallway. It’s not like that.”

“That was such an interesting challenge as an actor to take something that I usually just do with my voice but then inhabit every bit of him,” continued Quaid. “I studied the way the animators and artists rendered Boimler and his movements and certain little gestures he would do. I tried to bring as much of that into the episode as possible, but trying to do things [that] were a little too big, a little too animated in a live-action setting, but still keep it within the Boimler range of movement.

Quaid reiterated that Boimler will retain his signature purple hair in live-action. He also indicated that both Mariner and Boimler admire the original crew of the Enterprise.

“I really liked them merging this older era of Trek with us from the future quite a lot,” related Quaid. “You’ll see how that all works out on the Strange New World episode. But it’s cool because from Boimler and Mariner’s perspective, they know about Captain Pike and Spock and Uhura. They think that they’re all awesome. So it was a fun way for them to meet their heroes, in a way. I’m just excited I get to actually talk about it because I had to keep it secret for so long. That crew over there on Strange New Worlds is awesome. Ethan Peck and I had an epic bromance — I just want to say that right now.

Additionally, Quaid confirmed that Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Jonathan Frakes directed the crossover episode.

“[Frakes is] just a legend, and he just absolutely nailed it,” said Quaid. “He directs so much Star Trek, and just to have Riker telling you what to do — if Riker is saying that you’re on the right path, you probably are. So that was just a dream come true.”

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2 will premiere in 2023 on Paramount+. Meanwhile, Star Trek: Lower Decks season 2 is now streaming.

Are you looking forward to Lower Decks‘ crossover with Strange New Worlds? Let us know in the comment section below!

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