Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020): S01E08 – Veritas


Introduction

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.

Outline

Mariner, Boimler, Tendi and Rutherford are thrown into what appears to be an alien prison with no explanation, before being brought before an apparent alien court-room with the senior crew members suspended in a beam of light. An alien named Clar demands they testify about the actions of the senior crew, which leads to several flashbacks. Mariner relates a story about a mishandled standoff with the insectoid Clickets, who demand the return of a map and are aggravated by Mariner (having been called to the bridge unaware of the situation) misunderstanding Freeman’s orders. Clar doubts Mariner’s testimony, and questions Rutherford, who recalls being assigned to a secret, high-stakes mission stealing a Romulan Bird of Prey from a Vulcan museum, although he has large gaps in his memory due to his cybernetic implant. Tendi testifies about being mistaken for an experienced tactical operative by Ransom, and brought on a covert mission on board the Bird of Prey to Romulus, where they steal a ‘package’. Clar doubts everything he has heard, claiming that Starfleet officers should know everything that is occurring on board their ship. Boimler assures him that Starfleet crew members make mistakes all the time, from antics with Q to boarding the wrong vessel, but that it is part of the job and their nature as explorers, and accuses Clar of holding a drumhead trial. A confused Clar clarifies this is actually a party, celebrating the Cerritos senior crew who rescued him from Romulus, and he was seeking an account of their success. With the misunderstanding rectified, on the Cerritos Captain Freeman admits she appreciates them standing up for Starfleet ideals, and promises to be more transparent in future. As they depart, the four blow off another encounter with Q.

Star Trek: Lower Decks Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Kim Arndt.
  • Writer(s): Garrick Bernard.
  • Release Date: 24 September 2020.
  • Running Time: 25 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: PG.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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