On Monday Paramount+ released a brief clip to promote how the second season of Star Trek: Lower Decks was debuting in one month. They followed that up on social media with the question “It’s only 15 seconds but there’s A LOT going on. What did you notice?” Challenge accepted. In no particular order, here are the clues and Easter eggs we have been able to identify.
Boimler and Mariner are back together
The scene released showed Becket Mariner and Bradward “Brad” Boimler in a car chase inside a space station. While their reunion is expected, it is the first we have seen of the pair together from season two. Season one ended with Boimler leaving the USS Cerritos for the USS Titan under the command of Captain William Riker. The teaser released in April showed Boimler still on the Titan, with Jonathan Frakes returning as Riker.
Boimler is an ensign… again
Along with his assignment to the Titan, Bradward was also promoted to the rank of Lieutenant J.G. However the clip released shows Mariner and Boimler in Starfleet dress uniforms, with both holding the rank of ensign. The core of the show focuses on the four “lower decks” ensigns (Mariner, Boimler, Tendi, and Rutherford) and it appears season two will reset that dynamic. Season one also saw Mariner promoted and then demoted again to ensign, so perhaps this will become an ongoing gag. What isn’t known is why Brad was demoted and (presumably) reassigned to the Cerritos.
Commander Data collectibles
Brad Boimler is known to be a bit of a fanboy for Starfleet elite. And it looks like he picked up some collectible statues featuring Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Commander Data, who was martyred during the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, or shortly before the setting of Lower Decks. Unfortunately for Brad, the figures are seen flying away from the vehicle he and Mariner are driving through the station while being chased.
The (Un)Lucky Ferengi
The chase scene takes place through a promenade with stores featuring alien signs, with the exception of one, which Boimler and Mariner crash their buggy vehicle through. That store is ironically called the “The Lucky Ferengi,” a nod to Star Trek’s best-known profit-obsessed merchants, the Ferengi. If you look closely you can see one of Data collectibles tumbling to the ground as Brad and Mariner speed away.
Fish people!… and more aliens
Like many crowd scenes in Lower Decks, there are bound to be some familiar alien species, and some obscure ones too. The crash outside the Lucky Ferengi featured some startled shoppers including a Gorn, first seen in the TOS episode “Arena,” but who have popped into various Trek shows in the decades since, including season one of Lower Decks.
An unnamed blue-skinned alien that first appeared in Lower Decks can also be seen being barely missed by chasing security vehicles. And at the moment right before the crash a couple of other original unnamed Lower Decks species from season one can be spotted from behind walking the promenade.
A deeper cut for aliens happens at the end of the clip as Brad and Mariner approach a tank with an octopus type of creature being tended to by some aquatic aliens. Brad exclaims, “watch out, fish people!” as they crash through the tank. The fish people in question are Antedians, from the TNG episode “Manhunt.”
Ships along the Watchtower
The establishing shot for the clip showed the USS Cerritos docked at a starbase. While not an exact match, it most closely resembled the design of Starbase Vanguard, a Watchtower-class station featured in the Star Trek: Vanguard books series which was built in a region outside Federation space. Other ships docked at the station match or at least closely resemble 22nd-century Andorian battlecruisers, a Maquis raider, two Parliament-class ships, and two Olympic-class (or Daedalus-class) ships.
Thanks to Jörg Hillebrand for his assistance with this article.
Season two will debut on Paramount+ on August 12th in the USA and CTV Sci-Fi in Canada. We are still trying to confirm when season two will premiere outside of North America. Season one debuted on Amazon Prime in January outside of the Americas, and will debut in September on Paramount+ in Latin America.
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