Utilizing the blogging power of WordPress, Lower Decks is run by a group of regular men and women who just happen to share a love for the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. We enjoy watching many of the same television shows and movies and reading many of the same novels and comic books. Lower Decks is where we come together to discuss these movies, television shows, novels and comics.
The name Lower Decks comes from an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (specifically, the fifteenth episode of the show’s seventh season, or the 166th episode overall, originally shown in syndication beginning February 4th, 1994). It was an episode that told the story of several members of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, young men and women who didn’t serve on the bridge or go on away missions, but nevertheless had an important role to fulfill.
We see Lower Decks as a website that may not have break the latest news or interview the hottest actors or even have any exclusive content at all. Rather, it is a website where regular fans write about and review their favorite television shows or comic books and discuss how the latest news impacts them. In other words, we don’t make or break the news, we just react to it.
The story of Lower Decks begins in another century…
In 1997, Tim Hansen launched a website dedicated to Star Trek, a website that the following year would become Section31.com. It was this website that offered glimpses of cut footage from Star Trek feature films (most notably Star Trek: Generations), as well as previews of Star Trek video games, early information about episodes of Star Trek: Voyager and some of the first glimpses of Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: Nemesis. On August 28th, 2002, Tim announced he was shutting down Section31.com.
Several staff members of Section31.com got together and launched Lowerdecks.com on September 4th, 2002. (The Section31.com domain name was later auctioned off and in January of 2003 a new website — also about Star Trek — went online). Lowerdecks.com continued to cater exclusively to Star Trek while ThePulsar.com, begun June 1st, 2003, focused on science-fiction and fantasy in general. The two sites were later merged.
With the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise in February of 2005, interest in Star Trek was nearing historic lows. By October 2007, Lowerdecks.com had been online for over five years (while the original Section31.com had started a full decade earlier) and it was decided that the staff would take a well-needed break while ideas for rejuvenating the site were considered. On September 1st, 2008, just in time for the start of the 2008-2009 television season in the United States, the new Lower Decks launched.