Following the season two premiere of Star Trek: Lower Decks, Paramount+ released a new preview of season 2. The following analysis is based on other official releases and commentary from the cast and crew, along with some educated speculation and contains potential spoilers.
This week… Kayshon, when he was a puppet
Episode two is titled “Kayshon, His Eyes Open,” which introduces the Tamarian security officer Kayshon. In the episode two clip, we can see Kayshon going on an away mission with Mariner, Rutherford, Tendi, and Jett.
The season two preview shows the same group, except with Kayshon transformed (for some unknown reason) into a puppet.
The same group can also be seen breaking out of a menagerie that includes bones from an Excalbian in its native form and a skeletal Abraham Lincoln, who appeared in the TOS episode “The Savage Curtain.”
We see Jett and Mariner argue over their escape, with Mariner declaring, “You don’t get to cut off my badass plan.”
Also this week… Riker sends Boimler to the mines
The new season preview also shows Captain Riker on the USS Titan telling his crew, “We will embed an away team disguised as miners,” about what looks like a mine controlled by the Pakleds. Based on previously released images for episode two, this Boimler storyline is also from “Kayshon, His Eyes Open.”
One of the local miners clearly doesn’t buy Boimler as a miner, saying, “Dude, you’re clearly Starfleet,” to which Brad responds, “No, I am a miner with a heart of gold.”
We will have more Paris
Moving on to the rest of the season, it looks like we are going to get more Tom Paris than just what we saw in the Comic-Con@Home trailer, which showed Robert Duncan McNeill reprising his Star Trek: Voyager role of Tom Paris in the form of a talking commemorative plate. The season two preview reveals that the real Tom Paris will be visiting the USS Cerritos.
Tom visits the bridge and asks, “Mind if I give it a whirl?” before sitting down at the helm, to which Captain Freeman quips, “Of course, just don’t send us to the Delta Quadrant.”
Enterprising young men
We are also going to see some iconic Star Trek locations and moments. This includes an older (and buffer) Boimler in command of the USS Enterprise-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation. He goes full hero mode with, “I’m grateful to have a ship and a crew I trust with my life,” and “How about we go in and kick some ass!”
And Rutherford looks to be visiting the refit original USS Enterprise wearing a classic Engineering suit, facing a crisis with the warp engines like Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. A crewman warns him, “You cannot go in there, the radiation.” Unfortunately, Rutherford forgot to get gloves like Spock and burns his hands on the door: “Ow, hot!”
The Cerritos and crew are going to face off with some familiar vessels and challenges—including the Pakleds, who are the new recurring bad guys for the show.
But wait, there’s more! A Klingon Bird of Prey…
and a Borg cube, which blows up.
Journey to the black hole
The Cerritos arrives at a black hole.
Mariner and a Boimler can be seen getting a bit too close to it in a shuttle. In voiceover, Boimler says, “There’s no guarantee we will get out of this,” and Mariner replies, “Brace for impact!”
Creatures, great and small
The crew will also be dealing with some sci-fi creatures in season two. This includes Boimler and Rutherford facing off with a broken-horned Mugato.
And then there’s whatever this thing is.
At some point, Tendi will be trying to hold on while riding an unhappy pig-person… and failing.
Also in store for Tendi this season, getting transformed into a giant scorpion-thing and chasing Mariner and Rutherford around the ship.
More sci-fi action
There are more random moments of action in the season two trailer, which include the three of our four ensigns on the bridge when the captain calls for a red alert.
Possibly from the same episode, Boimler, Ransom, and some others try to navigate the Cerritos while the ship is at red alert and falling apart… all while dressed for a Risa vacation.
Mariner and Tendi stare into a wooden crate with a mystery object inside.
Possibly from the same episode, we see Tendi—not wearing her standard uniform—throwing over a table while facing off with a crowd of Orions and then escaping with Mariner via shuttle.
Rutherford gives Tendi a boost.
Rutherford is going to face off with some medieval knight guys.
And sometimes friends just need a good hug.
Finally, we see more of the Mariner and Boimler buggy chase scene first revealed in earlier promos, which seems to start in a warehouse area and end up in a lake.
We also learn what is inside Boimler’s Data collectibles when he says, “I barfed up bubble bath.”
Watch the previews
Clip from “Kayshon, His Eyes Open”
At the end of the Ready Room aftershow for the season premiere is a clip from episode two. It starts at 23:25.
The “this season on Star Trek: Lower Decks” preview is available at startrek.com.
New episodes of Star Trek: Lower Decks stream Thursdays in the USA on Paramount+ and CTV Sci-Fi in Canada, and on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video in international territories around the world. In Latin America, Lower Decks debuts (both seasons 1 and 2) in September.
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