From Two Rikers To Spock Two, ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Easter Eggs In “Kayshon, His Eyes Open”

The second episode for the second season of Star Trek: Lower Decks was steeped in franchise lore. We have already recapped and reviewed the season two debut “Kayshon, His Eyes Open,” and discussed it on the All Access Star Trek podcast. With this episode, there are simply too many Easter Eggs and references to count once you get into all the subtle visual elements, so we aren’t going to be fully comprehensive. But we are going to try to cover all the big ones. In some cases the references are clear, with others it may just be our Trek interpretations; art is in the eye of the beholder.

Obviously… SPOILERS ahead.

LDS 202, full of references

The biggest reference in this episode is exemplified by the title “Kayshon, His Eyes Open.” It introduced the new character Lt. Kayshon (Carl Tart), the new security officer on the USS Cerritos. Kayshon is a Tamarian – the race introduced in the classic Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Darmok” who speak entirely through metaphors. Kayshon is the first Tamarian to join Starfleet and is able to communicate (with some help from the Universal Translator) with the crew, however, at times he falls back into his native metaphor instincts, including some we heard on TNG such as “Darmok and Jalad on the ocean.” Ensign Jet Manhaver also showed some understanding of Tamarian, including referencing the “Beast at Tanagra.”

Time on the D

One of the themes of this episode was exploring the nature and mission of Starfleet. The crew of the USS Titan admired Captain Riker, yet they mocked his seven years on the USS Enterprise-D, noting the five daycare centers (“Rascals“) and string quartets (Sarek“). Brad defending the ship noting how the ship went to different dimensions (“Where No One Has Gone Before“), fought the Borg (“Best of Both Worlds“), and “they insurrected” (Star Trek: Insurrection) [NITPICK: Technically that was the Enterprise-E]. Later when the Titan crew resigns to go out in a blaze of glory the first officer says, “This is what we signed up for, to boldly go” referencing the mission statement of the USS Enterprise (and Star Trek in general). Boimler reminds “boldly going” is about exploration and peaceful diplomacy. He also defends Riker on “the D” including jamming on the trombone (“11001001“), catching love disease (“The Naked Now“), acting in plays (“Frame of Mind“), and meeting his transporter clone Thomas (“Second Chances“). As Riker is saying goodbye to Brad Boimler, he admits “damn I miss that ship” when referring to his time exploring on the Enterprise-D.

Let’s hear it for the Boimlers!

One of the big questions before season two was how would the show get Brad Boimler back on the USS Cerritos from the USS Titan, to rejoin the rest of the main characters. Lower Decks dipped into TNG lore once again for the solution, specifically the aforementioned episode “Second Chances.” As Boimler and the USS Titan away team were trying to escape Pakled-occupied Karzill IV, Brad remembered a solution to beaming through a distortion field from Captain Riker’s past. It worked to save the crew but it also created the same byproduct, a transporter clone duplicate, just like Thomas Riker. And just like the other Riker, the two Boimlers already show differences with the one staying on the Titan retaining the rank of lieutenant and now going by “William” Boimler, and also seeming more gregarious and fitting in with the vibe on the Titan.

Jazzy Riker

Speaking of Captain Riker, the version of him on Lower Decks continues to lean into his more jazzy side. In this episode, he continues to pepper his commands with jazz musical terms including and “That’s a wrap” and “Give me warp in factor of five, six, seven.” His trombone is on display in his ready (above) and after Brad Boimler leaves, he has some Romulan ale with William Boimler, asking the computer to play “Night Bird” a Jazz tune that Riker revealed to have trouble with the solo part (revealed in “Second Chances”). The Titan’s shuttles are also named for famous Jazz musicians including Coltrane, Gillespie, and Monk.

Joining the collection

The main plot for the episode involved the Cerritos assigned to help catalog the inventory of a deceased “Collector” named Kerner Hauze. The notion of a collector was introduced in the TNG episode “The Most Toys,” which introduced a collector named Kivas Fajo who kidnapped Data to add to his collection. Ransom asks if Hauze was the one that tried to collect Data, to which Captain Freeman responds “They all tried to collect Data.” Later, Collector’s Guild chairman Siggi notes how rare “cyborg” Rutherford is and tries to coax him to join his collection, giving him his card adding he has a “top-notch menagerie” which could also be a wink to the TOS episode “The Menagerie” which featured a collection of different aliens being held on Talos IV.

Collecting Trek

Speaking of the Kerner Hauze collection, as noted before, there are simply too many visual gags throughout the galleries to mention. Almost every single object has some reference to Star Trek, like the box of Chateau Picard wine seen in the moment above. So, we are just going to list off some of our favorite highlights from the collection.

Spock Two

The second gallery they entered full of fossils included a giant skeleton hanging from the ceiling in a classic TOS science uniform, which certainly seems to be the bones of Spock Two, a giant clone of Spock from the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode “The Infinite Vulcan.”

Spock Two's skeleton as seen in "Star Trek: Lower Decks" (Photo: CBS/Paramount+)

Spock Two’s skeleton as seen in “Star Trek: Lower Decks” (Photo: CBS/Paramount+)

Beverly’s sex candle

Yes, the candle. You know, the “dinnae light that candle!” candle containing the ghost of Beverly Crusher’s grandmother’s ex-lover who has been haunting her family for generations in the TNG episode “Sub Rosa“? Yes, that candle! It can be seen in the background of the image below.

In the background, you'll see the infamous sex candle!

A Vulcan lirpa

We see it in the background a few times, but we actually get to see a Vulcan lirpa in action when Mariner grabs one to defend herself. We first saw this Vulcan weapon in the TOS episode “Amok Time” (yes, the one with THAT fight music). Other weapons displayed in the collection include an Andorian Ice CutterJem’Hadar Kar’takin, and a Klingon Bat’leth and Mek’leth.

Ensign Mariner wields a Vulcan lirpa weapon first seen in TOS's "Amok Time" (Photo: CBS/Paramount+)

Savage Lincoln

For a while, the ensigns were trapped in a cage in the fossil room with some familiar bones, including the skeleton of Excalbian and the Excalbian Abraham Lincoln from the TOS episode “The Savage Curtain.”

The Kataan probe

Definitely a fan-favorite episode, TNG’s “The Inner Light” featured this probe from the Kataan civilization, which took over Captain Picard’s brain, having him live out an entire life in the span of about 30 minutes. You can’t get a great glimpse of the probe in the collection room, but there’s no question that’s it. The Kataan Probe from TNG’s “The Inner Light” is seen hanging in the background, on the left of the image below.

The Kataan Probe from TNG's "The Inner Light" is seen hanging in the background, on the left of the image (Photo: CBS/Paramount+)

Masaka’s mask

Definitely NOT a fan favorite (but loved by some of us here at TrekMovie!), TNG’s seventh season episode “Masks” featured some hilarious moments between Picard and Data wearing masks as Data channeled the god of a long-dead civilization that was attempting to take over the Enterprise. Masaka is waking!

Masaka's mask is seen on display in the case behind Tendi (Photo: CBS/Paramount+)

So. Many. More. Eggs
There are too many eggs as is sensible for us to mention here, which is why we’ve given you the highlights above. We do love this wide shot of the collection room, so here are just a few of our favorites visible in the below image:

  • The Kurlan Naiskos: a very special piece of pottery given to Picard by Professor Galen in TNG’s “The Chase” and also briefly seen in Star Trek: Generations.
  • A Betazoid gift box: Remember that silver box with a face in it (played by Armin Shimerman!) that was beamed aboard the Enterprise-D to let Dianna Troi know about her upcoming arranged marriage? It’s here!
  • A photon torpedo casing (possibly with Ira Graves inside): In the TNG episode “The Schizoid Man,” Dr. Ira Graves, Data’s self-appointed “grandfather,” is placed in a torpedo casket and beamed into space after his death.
  • A Horta egg: One of the “silicon nodules” discovered to be eggs of the Horta in TOS’s “Devil In The Dark.”
  • A Salt Vampire: One of the M-113 creatures from the TOS episode “The Man Trap.”

Wide shot of the collection room in "Star Trek: Lower Decks" episode "Kayshon, His Eyes Open"

More from the collection

Of course, Kerner Hauze collected more than moments from Star Trek history. There are some other examples from outside of Star Trek, both real and fictional. Here are some highlights.

The (other) Collector

While inspired by Kivas Fajo, the design of the first gallery in particular of his ship was reminiscent of the “The Collector” from the MCU, also known as Taneleer Tivan.

E.T.

In addition to Spock Two, a quick overview of the fossil room also included what appeared to be the skeleton of E.T., the titular alien from the 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Curiosity 

We love a little nod to our friends at NASA. You can tell this is specifically the Mars Curiosity Rover due to the zig-zag pattern on the grousers (wheel treads) and the size of the payload on the rover arm (which is smaller on Curiosity than on Perseverance).

The crew of "Star Trek: Lower Decks" stands in front of the Curiosity Mars rover, part of the collection (Photo: CBS/Paramount+)

What were your favorite references?

As noted, we didn’t bother cataloging it all because there simply was too much, but what were some of your favorite references and Easter eggs? Let us know in the comments below.


New episodes of Star Trek: Lower Decks premiere on Thursdays on Paramount+ in the U.S. and on CTV Sci-Fi Channel in Canada, where it’s also available to stream on Crave. It is available on Amazon Prime Video internationally on Fridays. It will debut in Latin America on Paramount+ in September.

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In Riker’s ready room he has a Civil War hat of his ancestor. The Civil War connection was mentioned in his appearance on STAR TREK: VOYAGER’s “Death Wish”.

Hmm… let’s see what else we can put together

  • the crew-brainwashing gaming device form The Game (TNG)
  • Khans necklace
  • a mirror universe plate
  • a Kadis-Kot game, 7of9 and Neelix are seen playing together (what was it’s name?)
  • the device Daimon Bog used on Picard (The Battle, TNG)
  • the cap Data wears on poker games
  • a Mugato skeleton
  • a Gorn skeleton

Odo’s bucket, the Valiant beacon, the Insurrection gun.

Captain Picard’s Orange Head Model from TNG S7 EP-The Pegasus was also in that collection.
You can see Beckett Mariner put something on it to scan it.

Also, a humpback whale, vintage arcade machine

Yeah, that’s the gaming device. But I knew that head looked familiar :-D

Data’s painting of Spot

Wait, ET! Does that make ET part of the Star Trek Cinematic Universe? Ha, just kidding… But that would be kind of cool, and wouldn’t necessarily violate canon… ;-)

There is an interesting notion about both the movie E.T. and the movie Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and in the latter the group of the little E.T.’s were called the species The Asogians. (That was in the Senate scene with all the galactic representatives in round, little gray, floating platforms.) Well, consider the graphics which appear at the beginning of SW movies: “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away” — that could easily be interpreted, in a sci-fi sort of way, as a long time ago from OUR ERA, or even Star Trek’s era. Couldn’t it? And if so, imagine what might happen if Q was ever inspired to whisk any of the two Franchises together in a time-travel story? We might see Asogians on the Big E, the Cerritos, or any other vessels in the Federation. So in that rather widely interpreted ideal, E.T. could easily be part of the Star Trek universe. If that sounds like too much of a stretch, be careful what we mention here: it could very well end up inspiring any of the writers for any of the new or future ‘Trek shows!

I vaguely recall someone from LucasFilm mentioning that there was also a delegation of Klingons deeeeeep in the background of the Imperial Senate.

Which might help explain the Millennium Falcon coming to Earth’s aid in the Battle of Sector 001.

I mean, if you wanna get technical… *cracks knuckles*

  • In the “Voyager” two-parter “Future’s End”, Henry Starling (Ed Begley Jr.) and Rain Robinson (Sarah Silverman) are on the phone regarding the discovery of Voyager in orbit. Jokingly, Starling asks Rain if she thinks E.T. would like “Chateau Coeur”. So that means in the Star Trek universe, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial does indeed exist as a feature film.
  • In said feature film, various references to Star Wars are made including E.T. momentarily following a kid dressed as Yoda and muttering, “Home! Home!”
  • In Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, a trio of E.T.s appear as part of the Galactic Senate on Coruscant.

So the weird, wild world of American science-fiction is all just one big mess.

Cool… I had forgotten about the “Future’s End” stuff and am not sure I ever know about the Asogians in Star Wars. These connections remind me of the Tommy Westphall universe theory that pretty much every TV show is made up in the little boy from St. Elsewhere’s mind, including Star Trek! https://thetommywestphall.wordpress.com/the-master-list/

Well Star Wars does take place “a long time ago” in a galaxy that’s at least very far away, so I see no reason the two properties can’t coexist, though if the “Asogians” are indeed the E.T. aliens and the E.T. aliens exist in Trek, they sure do get around. Must have transwarp conduits, Iconian gateways, Cythirian portals, galactic wormholes, spatial trajectors, coaxial drives, or quantum slipstream engines.

On second thought, maybe it’s not such a big deal to travel between galaxies!

I thought ‘That’s a wrap!’ was a reference to Frakes’ frequently being the director :D

The model starship in Riker’s ready room is probably the Pegasus, unless he served on more than one Oberth class starship.

and to add the “Spock” skeleton is the more anatomically correct bone structure of the original animated series and not the “big forehead-small chin- even smaller feet” animation style of Lower Decks

I saw Khan’s necklace that has the star trek emblem. It’s one of the first things displayed when they get there.

I really need to make time to watch the original animated series. It’s just so… monotonous. I had really been hoping it would be re-animated by now. Sigh.

I loved seeing the Terran Empire flag on the wall and Khan’s necklace from The Wrath Of Khan! I did not know about the torpedo tube casing. I had an idea for you guys at Trekmovie. Maybe that torpedo casing doesn’t contain Ira Graves?

That torpedo casing might’ve been Spock’s from The Wrath Of Khan? The one he landed on Genesis in? It stands to reason that, if the Collector had Khan’s necklace (even though the Reliant blew up with him on it.), then that could be Spock’s torpedo tube casing from when he landed on Genesis? Just a thought.

I think it would be cool if they did an anthology book on the Collector’s collection and how he got some of the stuff that he did, like Khan’s necklace and the Terran Empire flag, wouldn’t that be great? Live long and prosper, Trekmovie 🖖.

Well, in the original start trek, it was the red shirt that got killed followed by a post full scan by “Bones” McCoy comment “He’s dead, Jim”.
Per this episode, the nod seems to be Lt. Kayshon glowing “red” when changing into puppet mode followed by hovering scanners in the spoc “big bones” moment.
But, given lack of spock/bones dialog, could be a dead issue.