Here's a quote from the Showrunner which I think is relevant to the thread title https://trekmovie.com/2021/05/13/in...ek-easter-eggs-and-coordinating-with-prodigy/ "The way I’m handling Riker is the stories we’re telling on the Titan are a part of Riker’s history. They might be a little bit of an exaggerated version of it through our show..." In the medium of the cartoon, the events are 'real', but are exaggerated. He specifically talking about Riker, but it probably applies to the entire show. I imagine if any of the Lower Deck characters ever appeared in live action (I personally think it's unlikely but still), they wouldn't act 1:1 to how they do in Lower Decks. They'd probably be a bit more serious, unless the live action production was also a comedy.