Star Trek: Lower Decks (2021): S02E10 – First First Contact


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 assigned to assist the USS Archimedes under Captain Sonya Gomez (“Q Who,” “Samaritan Snare”) in a first-contact mission. However, a solar flare results in the Archimedes losing power and being pulled into the planet’s gravity well. With only 20 hours in which to work, Freeman must galvanise the crew into making modifications to the Cerritos that will allow her to close with the Archimedes and stabilise her with a tractor beam. Compounding the problem is the fact that Freeman has been offered a promotion, which will take her off the Cerritos while everyone else stays behind; Mariner, overhearing and with her fear of abandonment rearing its ugly head, spreads the word to the senior staff, who begin to bicker with Freeman. Tendi learns that she is being removed from Sickbay staff and begins to fret. Finally, Rutherford begins having trouble with his cybernetic implant, which is running out of storage space: he admits to Billups that he makes triple redundant backups of his memories of Tendi, unwilling to lose their friendship again. The day culminates when Boimler, in Cetacean Ops, flips the switch on the final modification, allowing the Cerritos saves the Archimedes. Tendi learns that she is being promoted to the Sciences division, as Dr. T’Ana feels her potential is wasted in Sickbay. Rutherford, deleting his redundant memories, receives a flashback which suggests his cybernetic implant was installed against his wishes. Lastly, Freeman is arrested for detonating a Veruvian bomb on Pakled Planet; the crew, gathered to wish her well in her promotion, must instead witness her being taken away manacled.

To Be Continued…

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: 14 October 2021.
  • Running Time: 25 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: PG.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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