There are plenty of sci-fi tropes on the market ripe for reimagining, and Star Trek: Decrease Decks Season 4 Episode 3 does a stable job of defying our expectations on three fronts because the present continues to mine canon for schtick.
From the titular benevolent world-managing AI to Boimler’s first mission command to Beta Shift’s first ceremony of passage as lieutenants (junior grade), we bear witness to a number of moments of close to catastrophe. And that single fatality.
Essentially the most thrilling improvement is the introduction of the Anomaly Storage Room, a literal treasure trove of potential catastrophes. I am uncertain why the Cerritos is not dumping all that at Starbase One each likelihood it will get.
Very similar to when one strikes home and discovers seventeen measuring tapes in numerous packing containers when unpacking, the absurdity of Star Trek knick-knacks is rarely extra obvious than when random McGuffins from a cross-section of franchise collection are thrown collectively.
Through the use of the Betazoid present field (from Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology Season 1 Episode 11) as a torture component to the already torturous expertise of the Wadi Chula recreation (from Star Trek: Deep Area 9 Season 1 Episode 10), the Beta Shifters embed a deus ex machina inside a machina ex deus. Flippin’ good.
It is fascinating that Tendi is the primary individual to cotton onto the actual fact they’re being hazed.
With Mariner’s jaded perspective on the hierarchy of Starfleet, we would count on her to be the primary to inform Dirks to shove his isolinear scans up his personal chip junction.
Rutherford: What’s hazing?
Mariner: It’s a prank dressed up as team-building that no person actually likes.
Rutherford: Nicely, that doesn’t sound very Starfleet.
However possibly since her lightbulb second with Ransom on Star Trek: Decrease Decks Season 4 Episode 2, Mariner’s tapped into her extra optimistic inside ensign.
She’s much less an insubordination supernova and extra a heat, fuzzy nebula of self-discipline.
One other signal that she’s grown as a personality is the actual fact she did not insinuate herself into Boimler’s first mission as commander.
The previous Mariner would’ve undoubtedly insisted on overseeing child chook Boimler’s first flight, helicoptering in on the first signal of indecision from our darling vineyard-raised Archer-wannabee.
This Mariner is able to let him fly. And/or crash.
Tendi: I’m wondering how Boimler’s doing down there on his mission.
Mariner: Oh, he’s both doing nice or tremendous overthinking it and getting sweaty.
Because it seems, T’Lyn is fairly good at letting him carve his path whereas able to course correcting when wants should.
Sustaining her place as my favourite Decrease Decks character ever, T’Lyn proves you might be an analytical stick-in-the-mud and an honest group participant.
And whereas she offers little consolation in her tactless statements of reality, when she offers empirical knowledge to assist the validity of Boimler’s promotion, you already know she believes it.
However principally, her trademark bluntness is a refreshing acceptance that some conditions simply aren’t value getting emotionally invested in.
T’Lyn: Statistically, ensigns serving beneath lately promoted commanders usually tend to expertise demise and/or dismemberment.
T’Lyn: Sure, and/or dismemberment.
Boimler’s encounter with the Divine Koala continues the custom of representing or referencing the galactic deity a minimum of as soon as per season.
Since Lt. O’Connor first glimpsed it throughout his ascension on Star Trek: Decrease Decks Season 1 Episode 4, each Boimler and Steve Stevens have claimed to have seen a koala in near-death (or truly lifeless) occasions.
And keen-eyed followers could have seen one of many myriad of intelligent modifications to the opening credit on the now-infamous crossover, Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds Season 2 Episode 7, was the koala within the backside left of the title display screen.
Boimler’s final — but transient — sacrifice to finish the (altered) mission whereas defending his group is exactly what Starfleet commanders are anticipated to do.
On the uncommon event, deaths are silly and meaningless, — *cough*TashaYar*cough* — however usually, a lack of life is somber and heroic.
Boimler: Did we full the mission?
T’Lyn: Sure. You have been the one fatality.
Boimler: [coughs] Yup, feels prefer it.
Nicely, one out of two ain’t unhealthy. In any case, Decrease Decks is a comedy, and as Shaxs metaphorically recounts on Star Trek: Decrease Decks Season 2 Episode 2, demise for core crew characters does not fly in the long term. Their plot armor is impregnable.
One assumes Boimler misses the meetup within the closing scene as a result of he is in sick bay, recovering from demise, nevertheless it’s enjoyable to think about how he’d bemoan lacking out on the hazing/not-hazing/actually-was-hazing journey.
In fact, he would not have died — and doubtless would not have had the chance to be a correct commander — if Freeman hadn’t almost triggered a world regenesis.
The concept a complete world might be topic to the facet impact FUBAR of a system improve is concurrently ridiculous and chillingly horrific.
It’s simply embarrassing. I’ve been wonderful for millenia, however now I can’t even management my monsoon seasons.
Additionally, there are occasions that I query Freeman and Ransom’s legitimacy as commanders.
For Freeman to nonchalantly give Vexilon a tune-up based mostly on her minor in archaic know-how within the Academy — and for Ransom to be so distracted by his artwork critique to let her — is exactly why they’re each on the Cerritos and the Cerritos will at all times be a second contact ship.
Huh. I feel I simply discovered why the Cerritos has an Anomaly Storage Room.
Residing within the age of ChatGPT, I wish to imagine that at some point, an AI may create a utopian setting with out subjugating its natural residents.
Freeman: I see the issue. Your working system’s old-fashioned.
Vexilon: That may clarify it. There was that weekend when my creators developed into fifth dimensional power beings and left me alone.
In fact, Vexilon is the creation of an alien race that developed past the necessity for bodily setting.
Nonetheless, Star Trek has at all times been aspirational. Whereas the people Mariner and Ransom left behind within the menagerie are wonderful examples of how we traditionally mess issues up, there’s at all times the likelihood that Vexilon’s creators have been people that developed, time-traveled again to create the AI, after which ascended to their subsequent kinds.
It is a attain, I am going to admit. What are your ideas, Fanatics?
Given your druthers, would you somewhat have been on Corosonia, staving off world-ending rebirth, or up on the Cerritos, outwitting an immersive puzzle recreation?
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