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Lower Decks season 2: A brief retrospective

A brief look over the most recent season of Lower Decks

By Chris Wilkinson Sun 14 Nov, 2021 12:50 PM
Over the last few years we’ve been seeing a lot of new Star Trek shows, with many more on the immediate horizon. Each of these shows is exploring a different part of the final frontier, from the 23rd/32nd century in Star Trek Discovery to the late 24th century in Star Trek Picard.

As we all know, Lower Decks takes place closest to the TNG era shows that we got, and we had quite a few nods to this in the first season. Season 2 has kept up that string of nods with appearances of the Titan, Tom Paris and one of the first lower deckers who disappeared after spilling hot chocolate on captain Picard.

At the beginning of the season the “heroes” of the show are still split up after the events at the end of the first season, and it doesn’t have a clear way to bring them back together. However, after seeing Boimlers time on the Titan, it’s obvious he’d love to get back to the Cerritos.

We also get to see what may be the first Tamarian in Starfleet as well, which with their unique language, definitely made for an interesting change.

The show also makes great use of the trope of senior officers always being able to survive what to most, should be an impossible scenario, which I know personally, delivered a few good laughs at how this was implemented within the show.

As the season progressed, each episode felt like it was both something completely new but had a very, comforting feel for a Trek show. It didn’t feel like it was outside of the box too far, which considering what else we’ve got at the moment, is a very good pace.

We do also get a unique episode where we get to see lower deckers on other factions ships, such as the Vulcans and Klingons. This provides a bit more of an insight into the cultures and how they’re going about their business at this period of time. We’re also treated to plenty more Pakled led hilarity.

One of the best moments for me as a viewer, was the introduction of a starship, the USS Archimedes, an Obena class starship, which looks like the perfect kitbash of an Excelsior class starship and a Sovereign class, this is no Yeagar class for sure.

For people who enjoyed shows like The Next Generation and Voyager, I’d definitely say to give Lower Decks a chance, especially this recent season as there’s a lot in there for both old and new fans. It just takes looking past its animated nature, and strong comedy vibes.

WRITTEN BY Chris Wilkinson
EDITED BY Three of Seven
IMAGES SOURCED FROM The Trek Collective and Tech Radar 247
7 Comments
Sun 14 Nov, 2021 2:24 PM
Season two really came together and was fun to watch. I’m looking forward to the next season, and more Easter eggs and show references. The references in particular really grounded the show with the continuity of Trek.
Sun 14 Nov, 2021 2:47 PM
It is for sure the best new Trek Show.
Sun 14 Nov, 2021 4:13 PM
It is for sure the best new Trek Show.
Hopefully Strange New Worlds will be good as well but with the caste I have little doubt it will be Big Grin
Sun 14 Nov, 2021 6:44 PM
I like the series. Something to laugh with, something different, quite enjoyable Wink
Mon 15 Nov, 2021 3:31 PM
I binge watched all two seasons yesterday. I walked into the first episode with a healthy dose of skepticism as I’m sadly not much a fan of most of the new Start Trek series and movies, however I found myself by the end of it laughing and going on to the subsequent episodes looking for all of the Easter eggs spread throughout.
Mon 15 Nov, 2021 11:35 PM
Best piece of star trek literature since 2005!
Sat 20 Nov, 2021 4:19 PM
I binge watched all two seasons yesterday. I walked into the first episode with a healthy dose of skepticism as I’m sadly not much a fan of most of the new Start Trek series and movies, however I found myself by the end of it laughing and going on to the subsequent episodes looking for all of the Easter eggs spread throughout.
Without a doubt the best part for me was the Borg Cube at the end of “Wej Duj”.The unexpectedness of it made me laugh the hardest, but overall a fantastic season.