Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020): S01E04 – Moist Vessel


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 joins a joint mission with the USS Merced to tow a disabled generation ship. The ship carries terraforming material that converts inert matter to organic matter. On board the ship, Mariner is given the most disliked jobs in an effort by Captain Freeman and Commander Ransom to force her to transfer to another ship, but she finds a way to make these tasks enjoyable. Changing gears, Freeman makes Mariner a Lieutenant and senior officer in an effort to bore her into transferring. During the mission, the terraforming material is accidentally pulled to the ships by the tractor beams, crippling the Merced and partially terraforming the Cerritos. Mariner works with Freeman to escape the terraforming taking over the ship and use the environmental controls to return the ship to its previous state, as well as rescue the crew of the Merced. Meanwhile, Tendi attends Lieutenant O’Connor’s spiritual ascension ceremony, but prevents the ascension via clumsiness leading to tension between the two. During the disaster, she reconciles with O’Connor, who nearly sacrifices himself to save Tendi’s life. This act finally causes him to spontaneously ascend to a higher plane, with what appears to be painful results, and he disappears before he can reveal the secret of life. After the disaster, Mariner is demoted back to Ensign for making fun of an Admiral’s uncommon pronunciation of the word ‘sensor’.

Star Trek: Lower Decks Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Barry J. Kelly.
  • Writer(s): Ann Kim.
  • Release Date: 27 August 2020.
  • Running Time: 25 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: PG.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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