With the fourth season of Star Trek: Lower Decks a week away from debuting, it’s the perfect opportunity for Trek fans old and new to catch up — and Paramount+ has just made that much easier, with the complete third season being (temporarily) added to YouTube for anyone to watch, whether they have a Paramount+ subscription or not.
We’ve already outlined the reasons why everyone should surrender to the animated series — set in the period between Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Picard, and following the junior-level crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos — but the best argument for loving Lower Decks is, unsurprisingly, Lower Decks itself.
Paramount+ has seemingly come to the same conclusion, making the full third season of the show available for free — all ten episodes, from ”Grounded” to ”The Stars at Night” — until September 30. That’s more than enough time to speed through the chance to see everything from the unraveling of a plot to frame the captain through a return to Deep Space Nine (complete with some very familiar voice actors).
Really, the show’s ideal for both hardcore Star Trek fans and people who’ve always liked the idea of Trek but found the reality just a little… silly, as well. Basically, anyone who’s open to a good time that takes place in space and has some guest stars you might recognize every now and then. Don’t believe me? There’s now a very easy way to try it out for yourself and prove me wrong. All it’ll take is 25 minutes of your time. (The average runtime of an episode… but don’t be surprised if you watch more than one.)
Need more convincing? Here’s the trailer for the season:
Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 3 is on YouTube until September 30. Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 4 starts streaming on Paramount+ September 7.
Really, when it comes to this show, resistance is futile.