Star Trek: Lower Decks S3, E6 – “Hear All, Trust Nothing”

Lower Decks offers up another solid episode with “Hear All, Trust Nothing.” It was a loving return to DS9 that captured some of the charm and a lot of the details of the beloved series. “Hear All, Trust Nothing” continues a trend started last week of humor, compelling story, and significant character development while also creating probably the most joy-filled, nerdy, fan service episode of the series. The three-prong story doesn’t feel overstuffed in any way. If the remaining four episodes are as good, Season Three could end stronger than it began. Continue reading Star Trek: Lower Decks S3, E6 – “Hear All, Trust Nothing”

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Star Trek: Lower Decks S3, E5 – “Reflections”

“Reflections” is the best episode of Season Three so far. Over two and a half seasons Lower Decks has kept us intrigued with two internal mysteries simmering just below the surface. Periodically allowing one or the other to heat up with an offhand reference, or as the main plot of an episode. Last week, we got a quick reminder of Shaxs unexplained resurrection. This week, we received a major advancement in the mystery behind Rutherford’s cybernetic implant. This was some of the best writing of the series to date. Continue reading Star Trek: Lower Decks S3, E5 – “Reflections”

Star Trek: Lower Decks S3, E4 – “Room for Growth”

Episode Four is filled with more one liners than plot details, but that’s okay because it’s hilarious. The episode gives us two tracks to follow. While Mariner, Boimler, and Tendi clash with their arch-rivals, Delta Shift, Captain Freeman leads the Cerritos engineers on mandatory relaxation leave. Continue reading Star Trek: Lower Decks S3, E4 – “Room for Growth”

Star Trek: Lower Decks S3, E1 – “Grounded”

“Grounded,” Star Trek: Lower Deck’s Season Three opener, picked up the cliffhanger from last season: Captain Freeman’s impending trial for the destruction of Pakled Planet. With the Cerritos impounded in dry dock, the crew stuck on Earth, scattered and confused. The senior officers refuse to talk to the press, and the lower deckers feel helpless, especially Freeman’s daughter.
But, instead of focusing on the progress of that trial, we follow the efforts of Beckett Mariner as she sets out on yet another rogue mission to prove her mother’s innocence. Continue reading Star Trek: Lower Decks S3, E1 – “Grounded”

Star Trek: Prodigy S1, E7 – “First Con-tact”

With “First Con-tact,” the producers of Star Trek: Prodigy have given us a very obvious clue to the plot of this episode in its title. Dal runs into an old friend (?) just when the crew of the Protostar are debating to go on their first, first contact mission. Thanks to some hidden intentions things don’t go exactly as plan. Will Dal and the others break Starfleet’s prime directive? Continue reading Star Trek: Prodigy S1, E7 – “First Con-tact”