Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020): S01E03 – Temporal Edict


Star Trek: Lower Decks is an American adult animated television series created by Mike McMahan for the streaming service CBS All Access.

It is the ninth series in the Star Trek franchise, and was launched in 2020 as part of executive producer Alex Kurtzman’s expansion of the franchise.

Lower Decks is the first animated series created for All Access, and the first animated Star Trek series since the 1973-1974 series Star Trek: The Animated Series.


The Cerritos is en route to Cardassia Prime for peace negotiations when it is re-assigned to instead deliver “diplomatic trinkets” to Gelrak V. This angers Freeman, who believes the Cerritos is not respected by Starfleet. Meanwhile, the ensigns teach Tendi about “buffer time”, a long-standing tradition in which the lower decks crew take time to relax between jobs. Boimler accidentally reveals this to Freeman, who institutes a time deadline for all tasks. The ship descends into chaos as the crew attempts to complete their work on time, and when the away team arrives on Gelrak V they accidentally bring the wrong gift due to the panic. In anger, the people of Gelrak V attack the Cerritos. The crew is unable to respond until Boimler reminds Freeman that they need to be able to complete work in their own time. She halts the time deadlines and the crew are able to focus on repelling the attackers. Freeman later institutes a new mandate named “The Boimler Effect” that encourages crew members to take shortcuts, not blindly follow the rules, and build in “buffer time” whenever they deem fit.

Star Trek: Lower Decks Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Bob Suarez.
  • Writer(s): Dave Ihlenfeld and David Wright.
  • Release Date: 20 August 2020.
  • Running Time: 25 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: PG.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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