Yesterday saw the series premiere of the new animated comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks. Not only was “Second Contact” loaded with jokes, but it also packed in a lot of fun Star Trek references. Today we take a closer look to hunt down the easter eggs and highlight some of the new details revealed in the episode that weren’t covered in our review. Obviously… SPOILERS.
Two different members of the crew of the USS Cerritos were seen wearing a VISOR, the corrective medical device for blindness worn by Geordi La Forge throughout Star Trek: The Next Generation.
There was a deep cut Star Trek reference that has been staring at us since the opening scene was released at Comic-Con@Home. In the closet where Boimler was recording his “captain’s log,” look closely to see Nomad (or perhaps “a Nomad”) propped up against the wall. The Nomad space-probe-turned-mass-sterilizing-machine was the titular antagonist in the Star Trek episode “The Changeling.” It helps to see him if you turn up the brightness; he’s tipped a bit on his side, stowed behind what looks to be transporter pattern enhancers.
In the opening scene, Mariner shows off all the contraband she picked up during shore leave, including some Romulan Whiskey, which is the alcoholic cousin to Star Trek’s famed Romulan Ale—and according to Boimler, also against regulations.
Bat’leth and Klingons
It’s not Star Trek unless there are some Klingons around, and we know there will be some coming on Lower Decks. In “Second Contact,” Mariner makes a number of references to the warrior race and their penchant for honor, including declaring Boimler her cha’DIch, and name-dropping Worf. She also picked up a bat’leth during her shore leave, which didn’t go well for Boimler.
Her box of contraband also included a Glavin, the spiked glove hand weapon used by the Ligonians in the TNG episode “Code of Honor,” but the less said about that episode, the better.
Cetacean Ops and a squash court
We learned a bit about the USS Cerritos itself in “Second Contact.” The California Class ship has the registry number NCC-75567, and one of the many “ops” sections of the ship is Cetacean Ops, just like one referenced but never seen on the USS Enterprise-D. According to some background information, the Enterprise’s Cetacean Ops is where dolphin and whale crew members worked. After “Second Contact” aired, executive producer Mike McMahan was a guest on The Ready Room with Wil Wheaton and indicated we may finally see this area of the ship in season two. During the episode, it was also mentioned that the USS Cerritos has a squash court on deck 9.
Shuttles named for parks
The most prominent shuttle used during “Second Contact” was the Yosemite, but others seen in the shuttle bay were named Joshua Tree, Redwood, and Death Valley. These are all national parks in the state of California, which is fitting since the USS Cerritos is a California-class ship.
The vehicle complement of the USS Cerritos also includes Argo buggies, like the one introduced in Star Trek: Nemesis.
Captain Freeman’s ready room had a shelf of collectibles that looked to be homages to items kept by some of Star Trek’s famous captains, including a service cap like Pike’s, a baseball like Sisko’s, and more.
Freeman also has a tattered flag for the state of California, yet another reference to the state where most of Star Trek has been produced. It could be a relic of World War III.
A familiar bar
The ship also contains a bar, which is one of the few places Mariner likes above the lower decks of the ship. The bar wasn’t given a name but it had a number of elements like those seen in Ten Forward on the USS Enterprise-D, including the wait staff’s uniforms, and glassware.
“Second Contact” saw much of the crew taken over by a “rage virus,” turning them into zombies spewing a black substance. This gave one of the Vulcans in the crew a familiar look, reminiscent of Mirror Spock.
A walk on the hull
Rutherford’s date with Ensign Barnes involved them taking a stroll across the hull of the ship, wearing space suits first seen used in Star Trek: First Contact.
TNG era, down to the typeface
The show is set one year after the TNG film Star Trek Nemesis, which checks out based on the episode’s stardate of 57436.2. Another way Lower Decks drives home the TNG feel is by using the same typeface as ’90s Star Trek and a post-opening credits episode title.
TOS, by the numbers
Even though the show evokes Star Trek: The Next Generation, there were a number of references to Star Trek: The Original Series. In addition to Nomad and Mirror Spock, the number 79 was mentioned twice (the date of Boimler’s commission and Tendi transferred from Starbase 79). We think this is a reference to the 79 episodes of TOS.
The crew of the USS Cerritos included a number of alien races, both well-known and obscure. Before the episode aired we knew the main characters included a Catian (Dr. T’Ana), a Bajoran (Shaxs), and an Orion (Tendi). During “Second Contact” we also saw a number of Andorian and Vulcan crewmembers, which is common as they are also founding members of the Federation. We also saw a Benzite (pictured above), a Bolian, a Trill, a bar waiter who looked Klingon, and another crew member who could be half-Klingon (like B’Elanna Torres).
There were some obscure races as well, including a Napean. (See below, pushing a crate next to Rutherford.)
There were at least a couple of new aliens, or at least ones we haven’t figured out yet, but the bartender could be related to Jaylah.
What did we miss?
Did you catch anything else? Let us know in the comments below.
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New episodes of Star Trek: Lower Decks premiere on Thursdays on CBS All Access in the U.S. and on CTV Sci-Fi Channel in Canada, where it’s also available to stream on Crave. It has not yet been announced where and when Lower Decks will be available outside of the USA and Canada.
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