Star Trek: Lower Decks (2021): S02E05 – An Embarrassment of Dooplers


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

The USS Cerritos heads to Starbase 25, escorting a Doopler emissary. Dooplers are a species that involuntarily duplicate when embarrassed. The crew are strained to make him comfortable, but look forward to enjoying a Starfleet afterparty being held at the starbase. Boimler continues to describe his time on the USS Titan to Mariner’s annoyance, but she hatches a plan for the two of them to sneak into the afterparty using Boimler’s clone’s invitation. Meanwhile, Tendi and Rutherford work on rebuilding a favorite model ship of theirs, but Rutherford is frustrated that he cannot rebuild it with seemingly the same ease as his earlier self. Captain Freeman accidentally embarrasses the Doopler emissary, causing him to uncontrollably duplicate throughout the ship as they arrive at the starbase. At the party, only Boimler is allowed in, causing Mariner to reiterate her feelings that Boimler abandoned her to work on the Titan. He leaves the party to join her at a dive bar on the base and they reconcile. Tendi reveals to Rutherford that the ship model was made to be incomplete by his former self so that the two could continue spending time together, and she reassures him that he is himself. Captain Freeman realises that the Doopler can pull himself together if he is angered and orders the crew to insult him until he coheres. She and the senior officers head to the afterparty, but find themselves shut out and ignored by the other captains. Mariner invites them to the dive bar, where they all discover that Kirk and Spock once drank there, too. The crew celebrates together, with Mariner and Boimler carving their names in the bar alongside Kirk and Spock’s.

Star Trek: Lower Decks Series

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You can find a full index and overview of Series 02 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 09 September 2021.
  • Running Time: 25 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: PG.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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