STLDP 007 – Much Ado About Boimler (S1E7)
Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season 1 Episode 7 – Much Ado About Boimler
We’re back with the seventh episode of Lower Decks, titled Much Ado About Boimler. This episode was written by Story Editor M. Willis and directed by Post-Supervising Director Barry J. Kelly, who also directed S1E1 Second Contact and S1E4 Moist Vessel.
Ensign Beckett Mariner – What’s her deal?
The Captain, First Officer, and Chief of Security go on a covert mission, similar to the one Picard, Crusher, and Worf go on in the TNG episode Chain of Command. Edward Jellico isn’t the “sub” captain this time. Instead, the Cerritos gets Captain Amina Ramsey, a classmate of Mariner’s. She wants Mariner as her first officer during this mission, which Beckett accepts. Unfortunately, Mariner is bungling at every turn. Ramsey figures out that Mariner is taking a dive, an old boxing term given when a fighter intentionally loses, which is to say that she is intentionally performing badly.
We still don’t know what Mariner’s deal is. We know she has been demoted and doesn’t want command, but we don’t know why, other than she finds it boring. However, in times of crisis, she excels. I hope we learn the story behind her actions will finally get explained, and that she will finally figure things out once and for all.
Speaking of Boimler – You hardly notice it!
OK, that’s not true. Boimler plays a big part in the B plot this week. He undergoes a transporter malfunction that causes him to hum at a high pitch and glow. This sends him to The Farm via a Division 14 ship, the USS Osler. We meet a creepy Edosian officer that we never get a name for, voiced by Fred Tatasciore, who normally voices Shax, but Shax didn’t have any lines this week. Joining him are Tendi, who also created an unusual dog that needed to go to The Farm as well. I didn’t know it at the time, but kudos to Nolan North, who plays the role of the command ensign who is experiencing accelerated growth on one side, and reverse aging on the other. We meet a character in a Pike chair, two characters mixed up in a transporter accident, and Anthony, who may be the offspring from the Janeway and Paris’ jump to Warp 10.
A really good episode!
I don’t know if this was the best episode of the season, but it was certainly the best in a while. It didn’t go so heavy on the references this time, which we both appreciated. Instead, they were more subtle.
00:00:00 STLDP 007 – Much Ado About Boimler
00:01:04 Feedback for Previous Episodes
00:02:13 About Much Ado About Boimler
00:27:58 Not Good Enoughs
00:31:04 Listener Feedback
00:54:33 Spot the References
00:59:33 Other Notes
01:07:57 Shipwide Announcements
01:13:50 Wrap Up
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