All Access Star Trek Goes On A Girls Trip With ‘Lower Decks’

All Access Star Trek podcast episode 54 -

[Lower Decks review starts at  26:36]

Tony and Laurie talk about their expectations for the upcoming Star Trek Day panels on September 8, then cover the latest news: Discovery has finished filming after almost a year, John de Lancie has wrapped on Picard but’s still chatting about it from his sailboat, and Gene Roddenberry’s 100th birthday celebrations included a possible biopic and the beaming of one of his inspirational quotes into deep space. They also talk about the relaunch of Star Trek Magazine as Star Trek Explorer. Then they dig into the main topic: their review of the Star Trek: Lower Decks episode “We’ll Always Have Tom Paris.”

Links to news topics discussed in the pod:

Star Trek Day 2021 To Feature Live Panels With Cast And Creatives From All 5 Paramount+ Shows

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Finally Wraps Production On Season 4

John de Lancie On ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Season 2 Connection To Classic ‘Next Generation’ Episode

NASA Celebrates Gene Roddenberry On His 100th Birthday, Beams Quote Into Deep Space

Gene Roddenberry Biopic In The Works

Robert Picardo sings the theme to Star Trek: The Original Series—with lyrics

Official Star Trek Magazine Relaunching As ‘Star Trek Explorer’ This Fall

Additional mentions:

‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Previews Reveal More Antics And Iconic Connections In Season 2

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

Star Trek Logs on Instagram

‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Season 1 Blu-ray Coming Soon To Europe, Australia, And Japan


Tony: Star Trek: The Next Generation “Picorder”

Laurie: Kayshon finger puppet tutorial on Twitter by Chandra Crane

Let us know what you think of the episode in the comments, and please post your suggestions for topics we should cover in the future as well as guests you’d like us to have on.

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I really loved this episode. My favorite storyline was Boimler. The pov of him crawling in the Jeffries tube made me laugh. And falling on the bridge and the plate hitting him in the head really made me feel bad for him.

I also loved Tom Paris hitting him and saying “this is how we kick butt in the delta quadrant.”

I loved the point you made about Mariner not being comfortable disguising herself as an Orion. I forget sometimes that star trek reflects the modern age.

My second favorite episode. Second to Veritas.


I didn’t love the hitting scene as much as I loved Boimler thinking a black eye was way cooler than a signed plate. And yes, I thought Tony made SUCH a good point about Mariner disguising herself; I hadn’t even thought of it that way when I watched.

Great podcast as always.

I have to say I was kinda disappointed when they brought Shax back (although great choice by the writers not going into details on how he was brought back. Cosmic Koala is my top theory). He had such a good impactful death, right up there with Dr Culter, it seemed like a disservice to the character.

I wonder if his resurrection was to help grow Rutherford’s character in the long term? Given we’ve seen Rutherford in a 2280s era ships engineering, probably the Enterprise’s, its possible he is purposely re-enacting trek famous death scenes to try reconcile his changed view on mortality. Or more likely I’m reading into it too much and it was all a bit of fun.

Ooh, I like that Rutherford theory. He might be investigating various back-from-the-dead events in Star Trek’s past!

Yes, I would like it to be a longer running thing: Rutherford exploring the meaning of it all. Otherwise it does feel a little cheap. It was one of the most heroic Star Trek deaths ever!

At first, I thought it was going to be really trippy reverse “Remember Me” where no one believes that Shazs died, and that it was all going to end up being a mental thing for Rutherford (like “Frame of Mind”), but they didn’t go there. That would have been a cool way to deal with the death/sacrifice angle.

Great podcast and thanks again for all the news updates. Really looking forward to seeing some footage from SNW.

I’m always a bit late in listening and love the content. Again, the audio levels are vastly off, so that it is really hard to listen to the pod.

Laurie is incredibly silent while Tony is very loud in comparison. I really don’t know how to listen to it without adjusting the volume constantly. Otherwise I’m between not understanding Laurie and Tony waking up the whole family.
I hope this could be better in the future.