We have already recapped and reviewed “An Embarrassment Of Dooplers” and discussed it on the All Access Star Trek podcast; now we take a deep dive into all the Easter eggs that caught our eyes. 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.
Riker’s chest shirt finds a home
After arriving at Starbase 25, Mariner went to a shop run by an old acquaintance named Malvus, who was a Mizarian, a race first introduced in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Allegiance.” Malvus accused Mariner of abandoning him on Ceti Alpha IV, which he pointed out “is much worse than Ceti Alpha V.” Khan Noonien Singh and his fellow genetic augments were left by James T. Kirk on Ceti Alpha V in the TOS episode “Space Seed.” Khan was found there years later in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Boimler joins in, pointing out Mariner abandoned him on Rubicun III, the planet where Wesley was almost executed for stepping on some flowers in the TNG episode “Justice.”
Malvus’ shop was full of bits of Star Trek history including a 3D chess set, TOS tricorder, tribbles, a Vulcan lirpa, Starfleet phaser rifles, and even the open shirt Riker wore in the TNG episode “Angel One.”
There was a Lore
Malvus sends the ensigns on a mission to deliver some crates of Limited edition Commander Data bubble bath, featuring bottles shaped like Commander Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Boimler asks “You sure this isn’t a Lore?” holding up one of the bottles that has a bit of an evil grin, identifying it as representing Data’s evil brother Lore. Malvus admits some of the bottles “might be Lores.”
Skant as fashion choice
As they prepared to go to Starbase 25 Boimler suggested they wear skants, showing off the longer uniform variants. Mariner replied, “nobody wears those anymore.” This refers to the unisex skirt-style or “skant” uniform variant seen in the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Although we did see Boimler wear the skant in season one episode “Envoys,” but he also wore pants with it.
Quark is branching out
As Mariner and Boimler tour Starbase 25 they spot a sign for Quark’s bar, with Mariner saying “Oh, they have a Quark’s now.” Originally Quark’s Bar had a single location on station Deep Space 9, but we have now seen Quark’s in multiple locations including Starbase 25 and Qualor II on Lower Decks, and Freecloud on Picard.
It also appears that Quark has moved into other ventures, including selling models. After blowing up the warp core from their Quark brand model of the Cerritos, Tendi gives Rutherford a Quark brand model of station Deep Space 9, which used typography from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Rutherford also pointed out how the model came “with an Ezri and a Jadzia!” referring to the two Trill Dax hosts featured on DS9.
The episode wraps up with all of our characters hanging out in an old bar on the station that felt a bit like a future version of the bar from Cheers. We could even see a passed-out Lurian, which was probably supposed to be Morn, the perennial barfly who frequented Quarks on DS9, and who was himself an homage to the Cheers barfly Norm Peterson.
Like the Cheers bar, the walls were decorated with memorabilia, however, on Starbase 25 instead of sports equipment there were models of classic Star Trek elements including the Phoenix from First Contact, the Guardian of Forever from TOS “A City on the Edge of Forever,” and the Planet Killer from TOS “Doomsday Machine.” Also, like the Cheers bar, there were old photos on the wall, in this case featuring many characters and bits of Star Trek history including M’Ress, Arex, the USS Voyager, Talosians, Sisko’s Bajoran light ship, Bzzit Khaht, and many more.
The biggest connection were the names “Kirk + Spock” carved into the bar itself with the bartender revealing that Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock were there in the 2260s, which would put it during the 5-Year Mission of the USS Enterprise as seen in Star Trek: The Original Series.
The old bartender wasn’t the only one fond of Kirk. In addition to the Amelia Earhart memorabilia, station commander Captain Anderson also had a Mesoamerican statue and obelisk decoration seen in Kirk’s quarters on the USS Enterprise.
As for Captain Freeman, she had a different captain in mind. When told her California-class ship crew did not qualify for the “Luna-class and above party,” she tells the bouncer “My crew deals with just as much s#!t as Picard’s or any other,” referring to Captain Jean-Luc Picard, who at this time is in command of the USS Enterprise-E. She also later says, “I deserve more respect. I once escorted the Enterprise out of spacedock dammit!”
Okana as Outrageous DJ
As she is being denied entry by Captain Anderson he turns to say “Okona. How are you?” This enrages the Freeman who points out Okona is not even in Starfleet, adding, “This is outrageous!” She is to Thadiun Okona the rogueish independent freighter captain featured in the TNG episode “The Outrageous Okona.” On Lower Decks, he now has an eyepatch and is working as a DJ. But he is still carrying the guidance system module (which looks a lot like a future boombox) he had repaired by the crew of the USS Enterprise-D.
Shelby and OG Kelpien
When he was briefly in the party, Boimler points out “Captain Shelby and her number one.” This reveals the ambitious Commander Shelby who was gunning for Riker’s spot as the first officer of the USS Enterprise-D in the TNG episode “The Best of Both Worlds” finally got her own command. As for her first officer, this was a very deep cut. The multi-eyed alien was inspired by the original design for Saru from Star Trek: Discovery.
Em, bird people, and fish people
The station itself was full of many familiar Star Trek aliens, many of which have been seen before on Lower Decks including Bolians, Andorians, Tellarites, Vulcans, and more. During the big car chase scene Boimler did point out some “fish people!” referring to a pair of Antedians, featured in the TNG episode “Manhunt.”
One beep for EP
During the chase the ensigns and pursuing cops had to avoid one person moving along in a classic Captain Pike mobility chair. We have actually seen some of these on Lower Decks before (in “Much Ado About Boimler“) but some fans are thinking this particular resident of Starbase 25 was modeled to look like Lower Decks executive producer – and the man heading up the Star Trek Universe on Paramount Plus – Alex Kurtzman.
As for Starbase 25, it was mentioned once in the TAS episode “The Slaver Weapon,” but was not seen until Lower Decks. The design itself closely resembled Starbase Vanguard, from the Star Trek: Vanguard books series. 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 Daedalus-class ships. Mariner also tried to bluff her way into the party claiming she was from the “Voyager-D,” implying there have been four new versions of the USS Voyager since it returned from the Delta Quadrant only 3 years earlier, so she was almost certainly making that up. Starfleet will eventually launch a Voyager-J, which was seen in the 32nd century.
During their chase Boimler and Mariner also literally drive through a Vulcan ship with a design like the 22nd-century D’kr Vulcan cruiser, but smaller. Of course one of the Vulcans on board said “fascinating.”
As for the chase itself, it was a clear homage to the car chases seen in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.
The chase in Lower Decks paid particular homage to The Blues Borthers shopping mall chase. Boimler pointing out the casino, barbershop, and “fine men’s clothing!” were all akin to Jake and Elwood’s banter as they careened through a mall that “just has everything.” The barbershop featured Bolian Barbers, just like the barbershop on the USS Enterprise-D.
Tawny and Mike talk Okana
On Sunday Paramount+ released a video featuring star Tawny Newsome and showrunner Mike McMahan talking about the return of the outrageous Okona.
What did you see?
Spot any new Trek references we missed on Lower Decks? Have a favorite? Sound off in the comments below.
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