We’ve known since before Lower Decks debuted that it would have a substantial connection to the entire canon of Star Trek. Ahead of the show’s debut showrunner Mike McMahan told Inverse that a few “legacy actors” would appear on Lower Decks. Thanks to a reveal during Star Trek Day, we know exactly who is returning. Let’s just say, if you like The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, or Voyager, you’re going to be thrilled. Snap your fingers! Lower Decks spoilers ahead.
According to Lower Decks showrunner Mike McMahan, John de Lancie will return as the omnipotent, trickster space god, “Q.”
Starting with the first TNG episode ever — “Encounter at Farpoint,” — and spanning the entirety of that series, one guest spot on DS9, and several episodes of Voyager, “Q” has bothered and messed with Starfleet crews in a variety of ways and in several guises. Famously, “Q” put humanity on trial for all of its crimes in TNG, and continued to observe the species with close interest throughout The Next Generation‘s seven-year television run.
In this brief clip played during the Lower Decks panel at Star Trek Day on September 8, “Q” is back in his ominous judge’s robes, standing on the bridge of the USS Cerritos saying “ta-dah!” We have no idea what role “Q” will play in Lower Decks, but McMahan implies it’s a short cameo.
“I think fans will be able to spot him,” he joked during the panel. Admittedly, the strange outfit is a pretty dead giveaway.