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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2020 8:42 p.m. PST

… Trek Namesake So Great

"Star Trek: Lower Decks is, in a lot of ways, not really like "Lower Decks," the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode it is named for. But in between bouts of Trek-y silliness that have made the show so endearing so far, its fourth episode finally brings itself closer to its predecessor by delving into the series' most interesting relationship.

"Moist Vessel," unlike past episodes, really has three intersecting plots, two of which are the now-expected riffs on Star Trek classics. There's the "serious" plot-of-the-week that saw the Cerritos assist the U.S.S. Merced in investigating a stranded, alien colony vessel filled with terraforming goop that Starfleet is very interested in. The sillier sub-plot to this is still very much in line with Star Trek pastiche, as Tendi finds herself accidentally messing up a fellow crewmember's spiritual ascension, a hodgepodge of commentaries on the textual and metatextual relationship Trek has had with religions among Starfleet crews and the beings they encounter. But the most fascinating part of the episode is the real heart underneath these two: the relationship between Beckett Mariner and her mother Carol Freeman, the Cerritos' captain…."
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Brian Smaller29 Aug 2020 12:06 a.m. PST

It is still garbage Armand.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2020 1:08 a.m. PST

I'm not sure how good this could be.

Who wants to see a crewman, or crewwoman sorting through the the garbage to rescue recyclable materials, ckean toilets and vacuum the deck carpeting, refill the replicators with food paste and liquids, or watch another crew member lube the fresnel hatch seals to ensure they don't freeze up at a critical moment?

Now, if there was real drama accompanying that, like lashings for poor performance, or space keel hauling, that might be a little different. I suspect only the Klingons do stuff like that to their crews, when they mess up performing their overly mundane and boring tasks as well, on a long mission.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2020 11:03 a.m. PST

"Ghuy'! this scrubbing is no work for Klingon warriors. It makes me want to volunteer to be keel-hauled in the atmosphere of a gas giant. At least I'll get to be outside!"

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2020 11:19 a.m. PST



Brother Jim29 Aug 2020 6:11 p.m. PST

I've enjoyed all 4 episodes so far.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2020 2:23 p.m. PST

Don't mind me and my negativity.

I'm just bitter that people want me to pay to view stuff, on top of my already having to pay thru the nose to view stuff with my monthly cable bill, which is ALREADY shockingly high.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2020 10:26 a.m. PST

I don't recall ever seeing a single decent Star Trek episode from the very beginning of the very first series.
But, maybe that's me. grin

The H Man Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2020 1:37 a.m. PST

Vacuum carpet?? The ent has self cleaning carpets, according to Riker. Sort garbage?? I thought most stuff went back into replicators, or similar. Food paste?? Replicators!

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