Spoilers How literal is LD in your headcanon?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Lower Decks' started by Boris Skrbic, Feb 11, 2021.

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How literal is LD in your headcanon?

  1. Completely, like a lost Doctor Who tape saved with animation

    29 vote(s)
    27.1%
  2. Mostly, though some bits are over the top for fun

    46 vote(s)
    43.0%
  3. Only in general terms, though the building blocks are set

    16 vote(s)
    15.0%
  4. I don’t think about it

    16 vote(s)
    15.0%
  1. Jay Kid of Wonders

    Jay Kid of Wonders Ensign Red Shirt

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    If you want me to be completely honest, either it’s all real, and happened exactly as it appears on screen, (all the shows), or none of it is. Hell in my headcanon pretty much all species are non humanoid, and the universal translator literally sounds like gibberish from the outside.
     
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  2. BigJake

    BigJake Vice Admiral Admiral

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    LD does nothing Trek hasn't done before, that's one of its defining traits... and I guess I just don't really care about continuity in Trek enough to have a significant "headcanon" at this point. It has always been a mongrel, seat-of-the-pants creation, and Lower Decks continues that tradition (emphasized through its tongue-in-cheek simultaneous reverence for and roasting of the slapped-together universe it lives in).

    There was a time when it drove me nuts that Trek production seemed to treat continuity as an enemy instead of a resource; more recently I've come to the realization that embracing the improvised and pieced-together nature of Trek is embracing the soul of Trek, and that every production takes its own particular approach to that. LD's comedic approach is no less valid than any other. I don't have to precisely triangulate which "canon" it's in or to have a "headcanon" for it beyond recognizing that all the pieces of Trek are just aggregate "headcanon" of various production teams grafting their own interpretations onto something that consisted from the beginning of exactly those types of grafts. I voted "Mostly" but I really should have voted "Completely."

    (There are sci-fi universes that have continuity and consistent worldbuilding built into them, which is cool and is why I love The Expanse. But I'm over expecting Trek ever to achieve that or even aspire to it. Its DNA is just different, and is likely to stay that way.)
     
  3. Charles Phipps

    Charles Phipps Commodore Commodore

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    I feel like it is mostly 90% literal but there's occasionally a joke that isn't in my view of what would happen.

    I also choose to believe that someone has spiked the raktajino in the replicator and that's why everyone acts like hyperactive hamsters. Probably Captain Freeman to increase efficiency.
     
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  4. KennyBoo

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    It's as real as any........all make believe :-)
     
  5. Oddish

    Oddish Rear Admiral Commodore

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    I think that it is careful not to do anything unexpected with any established characters. Tom Paris is a lieutenant, the rank you would expect him to be. Will Riker is captain of the Titan, and his wife is next to him on the bridge. If we saw or heard about Janeway, she'd likely be an admiral.
     
  6. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    But he is now a full Lieutenant, meaning he's gotten promoted since Voyager ended, where he was a Lt JG.
     
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  7. Charles Phipps

    Charles Phipps Commodore Commodore

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    Harry is either an Ensign or Vice Admiral now.
     
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  8. Oddish

    Oddish Rear Admiral Commodore

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    If he was on Lower Decks, probably true. Either he shoots up once he's out from under Janeway's boot, or his career is beyond salvage due to seven years as an ensign.

    Three years have passed since Tom was reinstated to JG, so LT is about right for him. Harry has done LTJG level work for 7 years, so realistically, either LT or LCDR is most likely. Voyager's new first officer, maybe?
     
  9. Charles Phipps

    Charles Phipps Commodore Commodore

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    I choose to believe Mariner loves Ensign Kim and thinks being an ensign was a choice for him.

    :)
     
  10. Ghouleddie74

    Ghouleddie74 Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    The Pakled taking a photo of his foot and then temporarily blinding himself with the flash from another photo is canon, it happened and it is now a great moment in Star Trek history.
     
  11. Sisko_is_my_captain

    Sisko_is_my_captain Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I think the whole show is an animated comedy holonovel by Tom Paris. Paris' appearance was just a cameo (a la Stan Lee).
     
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  12. WarpTenLizard

    WarpTenLizard Captain Captain

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    I imagine that we're watching the toony exaggerations of a "real" Federation starship's misadventures. Like, "Lower Decks" is to the "real" adventures of the U.S.S. Cerritos as "The Voyager Coronary" is to the "real" Voyager of "Trek" canon.
     
  13. The Return of Zombie Cheerleader

    The Return of Zombie Cheerleader Moar Nu Trek Pleeze Premium Member

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    I know Voyager sickens some people, but I didn't think it was linked to heart disease.
     
  14. Oddish

    Oddish Rear Admiral Commodore

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    I think there are ships like the Cerritos, though. Given the number of messes (i.e. massive and unexpected transformations in the way assorted societies live) left in his wake, like a hyperactive Corgi with a massive intestinal upset, someone had to walk along behind him with the scooper.
     
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  15. Ghouleddie74

    Ghouleddie74 Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    You clearly don't remember "Fair Haven(VOY)."
     
  16. Oddish

    Oddish Rear Admiral Commodore

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    I kind of liked that one. Especially when Janeway deleted the wife.
     
  17. Sylvie

    Sylvie Goddess of Mischief Moderator

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    It's as real as every other Trek series. It gave us justice for Tasha Yar and that should be canon.
     
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  18. Super Grover

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    Even though it's because Denise Crosby wanted to leave.
     
  19. Sylvie

    Sylvie Goddess of Mischief Moderator

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    I can't blame her for that, they weren't giving her any material to work with and based on the statements of several actresses on the Berman era Treks, it was a pretty hostile work environment.
     
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  20. Bork359

    Bork359 Lieutenant Newbie

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    Is that cat doctor's species actually cannon? We're all cool with furries in Star Trek now?