Recap/Review: ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Soars In The Strange “A Mathematically Perfect Redemption”

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“A Mathematically Perfect Redemption”

Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 3, Episode 7 – Debuted Thursday, October 6, 2022
Written by Ann Kim
Directed by Jason Zurek

A very different—yet still hilarious—episode of Lower Decks explores a classic setup with some major twists, led by a surprising returning character.

WARNING: Spoilers below!

 

Yes, it’s Peanut Hamper!

RECAP

“What about the needs of the me?”

Things pick up in this very different kind of episode following the battle with the Pakleds from way back at the end of season 1, showing us events from the perspective of Peanut Hamper. The wayward exocomp ensign has no regrets over not sacrificing herself, although she feels left out when the USS Titan shows up to save the day and warps off with the Cerritos in tow. Adrift in the battle debris field, Hamper deals with loneliness by building a (non-operational) exocomp “friend for life” named Sophia along with an escape ship out of random parts. When Drookmani scavengers disrupt things, Sophia is instantly sacrificed to give Peanut time to fire up the surprisingly (but briefly) operational Junkerprise to warp away to anywhere and crash-land on an unknown alien planet. She’s awakened in a primitive treehouse by a friendly bird person named Kaltorus of the Areore, who sees Hamper’s arrival as a predestined gift from his ancestors.

The AWOL robot isn’t happy to find herself in a world of straw-based technology but knows a distress call would lead to a Federation penal colony, so she begrudgingly gets introduced to this strange new world where everything flies. As leader, Kaltlorus makes some headway fighting the local’s prejudices against the metal space box, who impresses the adorable little bird kids with replicated candy, but through it all Hamper maintains her hardened shell, complete with caustic sarcasm for this “backwater planet with no culture” that has never been “first contacted.” Then, she meets her match with the handsome young Rawda, who questions whether a machine can even be alive… some deep thoughts for a bird guy. As the dutiful son of Kaltorus, the young man reluctantly takes on the role of Hamper’s guide to the ways of Areolus (yes, that is what the planet is called).

Where no exocomp wanted to go before

“But our pieces are so different”

Rawda shows her the simple life of the Areore, from milking flying goats to avoiding the dangers of sky snakes. When Kaltorus is struck down by one of those snakes, Peanut Hamper wows the birds with a bit of Starfleet tech, administering antivenom to save his life. Telling them they can move beyond “straw and parasite water,” Hamper finds herself as the sort of local healer (complete with a cute little medical bag) and a bit of celebrity status. Rowda remains skeptical, but when she uses her magic light to successfully hatch all the eggs in the incubation hut, his shell begins to crack too. Together, the pair flies around Areolus and she starts to see the beauty of this sky paradise. This growing closeness even brings Rawda to song… well it’s more of a screeching, but it’s the thought that counts. Unexpected romance blossoms as the beings from two very different worlds bond over of daddy issues and Peanut Hamper starts to see the possibility of a life with Rawda.

Things get weird(er) as the pair explores the logistics of getting their very different and complicated pieces to fit together. Falling in love with this “beautiful, glorious machine,” Rawda feels betrayed by the teachings of his people and reveals this planet has a big secret: Below the tree village is a fleet of hidden starships left behind by the ancestors who eschewed their technology to return to a low-tech paradise after “endless wars with alien species.” Hamper is shocked at the discovery, and also sorts out that she actually hasn’t violated the Prime Directive. Showing a surprising level of self-awareness and even remorse, Hamper admits to past selfishness and transgressions, indicating Rawda has given her a whole new appreciation for organic life. Maybe Starfleet can’t forgive, but she can forgive herself. The seasons pass and Hamper acclimates to this wooden life, along with a new beak attachment just in time for her wedding to Rawda. OMG. The glorious day is disrupted by those Drookmani scavengers showing up and threatening to destroy the village in order to salvage the hidden technology of their ancestors that lies beneath. But the wayward exocomp has a plan.

Nice beak

“They are my flock, I must return to them”

The Cerritos finally comes into the picture as a distress call from Peanut Hamper surprises the bridge crew and they set a course to Areolus, arriving to find the Drookmani slicing up the village. Peanut Hamper jumps into action, reactualizing as a Starfleet ensign complete with a shiny new badge and espousing the “needs of the many, baby.” The Cerritos gang sees her heroically commandeer a Drookmani shuttle, dramatically ram and board the main Drookmani ship, overload its engines, and miraculously escape from the resulting explosion… humblebragging “Pretty good for a space box.” Captain Freeman leads an away team to do a proper first contact with the Areore and Rawda steps up to defend his new bride against arrest, but that’s already a non-issue as Freeman is impressed by this “brave robot” and has no plans to lock her up. Peanut is moved and ready to return to her Starfleet flock, but as she and her bird mate argue over if he should fly away with her, the Drookmani return in one of the ancient Areore ships, firing on the village and the Cerritos. The alien scavengers are pissed over running into all this resistance after being invited to do an easy salvage. Wait, what was that about being invited?

The Drookmani had gotten a message from a certain “prissy little robot” and brought the receipts with a recording of Hamper telling them not to worry about resistance because “Everyone here is a tree-kissing farmer.” The façade drops and Hamper reveals it was all part of her plan to get back into Starfleet by looking like a hero, telling her stricken new groom she was never going to live the rest of her long robot life on “a frickin’ bird planet.” But wait, Tendi sees that Hamper has yet another chance to redeem herself by sneaking onto the Drookmanied Areore ship! But of course, the exocomp bails as that conflicts with her whole not caring about organic life thing. It looks dire as the village and the Cerritos get pounded by the ancient but powerful ship… but wait, an even bigger Areore ship rises to join the fight—it’s Rawda “for the flock!” This bad boy bird takes down the Drookmani and saves the day, proving his worthiness to lead his people into a new era of balance with technology. Peanut returns to try to weasel back into his good graces but he kicks her off the planet, and when Freeman wants nothing to do with her either, the exocomp goes full evil and tries to contact a new ally, claiming “The Borg would love me.” Yeah, everyone has had enough of this little robot, so with her transmitter easily disabled, she soon finds herself in a new home: Starfleet’s Self-Aware Megalomaniacal Computer Storage. Finally at home with non-organics, she is happy to meet a fellow (familiar) evil computer who is impressed with her mathematically perfect name… cue the maniacal laughter.

Captain Freeman is getting too old for this s–t

ANALYSIS

Flying high

“A Mathematically Perfect Redemption” was touted as “bananas” and it certainly went to some weird places and experimented with the core structure of what makes a Lower Decks episode. In that way, this week’s outing is akin to last season’s “wej Duj,” which ended up being our favorite Star Trek episode of 2021, also garnering a rare Hugo nomination. This episode might not meet those same heights, but it was still finely crafted, and it’s good to see the Lower Decks team continue to try something different and break out of their own patterns. Giving the focus to a one-off guest character who is designed to be a bit annoying was risky and in the end resulted in an episode that is less balanced as “wej Duj.” What makes the episode really work is that it’s simply very funny, with crisp writing delivered perfectly by the returning Kether Donohue as Peanut Hamper, who carries it with a strong assist from Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) as her straight man… or straight bird, if you will. While the humor got a bit raunchy at times, it never stepped over the line like “Mugato, Gumato.”

While the episode is unusual for Lower Decks due to the main characters being mostly absent, the core story is familiar, centered around a civilized person getting taken in by primitives. In addition to hearkening back to episodes like the original Star Trek’s “The Paradise Syndrome” (the word “paradise” is mentioned three times), it is a classic story of “going native” seen in films ranging from Dune to Dances With Wolves to Avatar. Instead of a redemption story, with a nice Star Trek message of learning through diversity for Peanut Hamper, Lower Decks subverts expectations by committing to the bit that she is a cold, calculating (and delightfully wisecracking), narcissist. And that may be for the best, since it avoids falling into the civilized savior trope, instead allowing Rawda to be the real hero. And him stopping the Drookmani from strip-mining his paradise did have a good on-brand Trek environmental theme, although it would have been fun to see how this bird guy fit into Starfleet life if Hamper’s turnaround had been genuine. There was also a missed opportunity to have some fun with the conflict between Peanut Hamper and Rawda’s girlfriend, which was dropped shortly after being set up.

It was love at first peck

Flying solo

This wasn’t Peanut Hamper’s redemption story, it was her origin story as a new Star Trek villain. By design, this episode breaks the mold and so there is little (actually zero) character development for our lower deckers, which has been the hallmark of season 3. With only ten episodes each season, doing one of these kinds of episodes comes at the high cost of following up on “Bold” Boimler, Mariner’s Starfleet issues, and the like. However, this allowed the episode to properly explore a new alien culture with the Areore, something rare not only for this series but for all new Star Trek.

Even though the Cerritos crew showed up in the third act, the main action was still left to the guest stars, with some great additional efforts from J.G. Hertzler as the Drookmani Captain and of course Jeffrey Combs as AGIMUS. And after last week’s indulgence in DS9 references and legacy cameos, having legacy Star Trek guest stars return in roles originated on Lower Decks shows how this episode drew mostly on the show’s own canon, with very few of the usual Trek lore callbacks… and without any loss in the level of humor. In fact, this episode was funnier, showing how Lower Decks doesn’t need the Easter eggs to make their comedy omelets.

Remember me?

Final thoughts

Lower Decks goes from strength to strength with the second half of this improving season — mixing it up in terms of tone, style and format. That trend promises to continue next week with a sequel to “Crisis Point.”

Some things can’t be unseen

MORE BITS

Laugh lines

  • Those bipedal bastards would just lock me up for going AWOL. They’re so uptight about being betrayed.
  • Call it android intuition but I am getting the sense that everyone here hates me.
  • I say we cut her open and release the tiny witch that runs it.
  • If everything here flies then why call it a sky snake? Wouldn’t that just be a snake?
  • Oh yes, my fecal matter is back to being oily and white.
  • Oh, I long for the touch of your nozzle.
  • Areo… Areol… It’s a pre-warp civilization.
  • Smell you later. Oh, yeah, and I mean that literally, ’cause y’all s–t everywhere.
  • You are like the poor man’s Aurelians.
  • I am AGIMUS, and I think you and I could do awful things together.

Thanks for the anti-venom, but what about that big hole in my side?

Random stuff

  • The episode title refers to how Peanut Hamper originally chose her own name because it was the “mathematically perfect name.”
  • This is the first Lower Decks episode to use a “previously on…” intro (from the season 1 finale “No Small Parts”).
  • This is also the first Lower Decks episode to change the intro title sequence and theme music.
  • Amongst the floating debris from the battle with the Pakleds was Rutherford’s old eyepiece.
  • J.G. Hertzler returns to his LDS role as the Drookmani captain, introduced in “Terminal Provocations.”
  • Jeffrey Combs returns to voice AGIMUS, introduced in “Where Pleasant Fountains Lie” and last seen being stored in the Self Aware Megalomaniacal Computer Storage at the Daystrom Institute.
  • The Areore were reminiscent of the Bird People from Rick and Morty, Mike McMahan’s previous series.
  • Peanut Hamper says she has “android intuition,” but androids are robots with a human appearance, so maybe she has human envy?
  • Peanut Hamper’s original plan to get away from her father was to go to Freecloud and become a Dabo girl.
  • Peanut Hamper’s “friend” Sophia was a nod to Wilson from Cast Away.
  • Peanut Hamper estimated her junk ship could achieve Warp Factor .02 or .03, which would not be nearly fast enough to get to another star system.
  • While Dr. Migleemo appears in the episode, he has no dialogue.

Who needs Easter eggs when you have Areore eggs

More to come

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I liked that they experimented with the format of the show but I just ended up missing the core cast. If it was a more interesting character than Peanut Hamper, it might have worked better. Hell, I’d watch a whole episode of just Jeffrey Combs’ Agimus talking about his evil plans.

I have a feeling that final scene was a setup for the next time we see the entire horde of evil computers — perhaps in season four or five!

Maybe they can team up with Badgey.

Badgey has to be there.

We went to strange new worlds in strange new ways this week.

I laughed when I saw peanut hamper initially. Then I found myself just waiting for the Cerritos to show up.

I enjoyed the ep. Wacky indeed. Funny. And a good story. Just really don’t care about the peanut hamper character alone.

I hate to say I wasn’t 100% sold on this episode. I liked Peanut Hamper in her first appearance, but this one just made me hate her. I actually thought she was genuinely seeking redemption (see the title) then we found out she was responsible for the Drookmani showing up.

In many ways this episode felt like a parody of Avatar though with the story. The aliens appear primitive, turns out an advanced resource is below their village. At least the Cerritos crew won’t get nailed for a Prime Directive violation.

Finally another ep as good as the earlier eps this season in which we get more creative and thoughtful Trek versus the Simpsons-level comedy and annoying middle school-lever banter with the forced canon connection hijinks.

if LDS had more eps like the first, second and seventh eps of this season I could really come to enjoy this series.

In fact, I think this is now my favorite episode of the entire series! We’ll done, Mike M.

One of the most boring episodes of anything ever. I stopped watching halfway through.

Nope most boring belongs to the Orville’s last episode. I stopped watching within the first five minutes of that dull season finale *yawn*

Orville has had its moments good/bad/boring. I’ve played the full season but didn’t get pulled into every episode. I think I fell asleep during one of them. I do think the last episode would be a fitting end to the series. If it’s not renewed, I don’t think I’ll miss it even though I enjoyed a fair amount of it. I’m not sure I’d rewatch it anytime soon. I’m more upset CBS didn’t renew Magnum PI.

Never understood the interest in The Orville. A knockoff Trek at best. Not really good scifi even. But to each their own.

Ok I should have waited and not watched this episode at 12:00am PST because I had to try so hard to muffle my belly laughter so as to not wake up my poor sleeping family. At the end of the episode I was like what in the Star Trek fever dream did I just watched!!! And I’ve had some actual Star Trek fever dreams in my life. This was one of the funniest 30 mins I’ve experienced all year. Thank you Lower Decks. We can all use more laughter these days I think. Also, I don’t know if the writers were high when they wrote this episode but the next time I watch it I plan to be (cannabis only btw).

Highly recommend this approach. :)

Rawda’s girlfriend was looking lovingly at him at the end, for what it’s worth.

I wonder if the wheelchair thing at the end was a nod to Pike in the 2009 movie.

I have to give Lower Decks a *tremendous* amount of credit for taking this big a swing. This is a really unconventional story, and while I didn’t love the ending (PH being a terrible person all along), we saw a fascinating new society, incredibly animated, and foreshadowing of some kind of showdown with all the evil computers.

A few things to note:
LD is now mature enough to really build on itself and revisit and grow all the wonderful things it’s added to Trek canon. That’s wonderful.

Holy hell the animation is gorgeous.

Yes, they really made this a strange new world in a way that only Prodigy has come close. I guess that’s the advantage of being animated.
I also noticed that the space shots looked especially gorgeous this episode.

I knew this one would be controversial, but it’s easily the funniest episode of the show to date, I got some belly laughs out of this one. Absolutely loved it!

For me this was the first poor LD episode, and it wasn’t just poor it was astronomically awful. It also felt like it was aimed at young children too.
Me and the others watching this episode with me looked at each other as if this episode was a joke.
I’m still bewildered how this episode existed.

Wasn’t there a mating scene between a bird alien and a robot? It was stupid and unnecessary and not child oriented. I only gave it several more minutes before giving up on the episode, I had wasted enough of my time. What a shame, the DS9 episode was very well done and then followed up with the worst of the worst.

While I found the mating scene odd, Lower Decks is not aimed at kids. It’s an adult animated comedy.

No, Lower Decks is obviously aimed at kids. All their jokes are something only 8-10 year olds would laugh at. If my kid was 8 I would have no problem whatsoever if he watched this show. He’s 19 now and has zero interest in it.

Interesting to see this one was divisive. Not watched yet, but had to take a peek at reactions when I read that it was a one-off departure kind of story. I often love when shows take big swings and do that – Steven Moffat did them frequently by the end of his tenure at Doctor Who, two of Mythic Quest’s best episodes are their ones set in different times without the main cast. Heck, Lower Decks is inspired by TNG’s own successful diversion in season 7. But sometimes a show is too up its own behind to pull it off successfully – Ted Lasso’s “Beard After Hours” bored me to tears.

Looking forward to finding out for myself!

This episode was terribly, terribly awful. I’m talking “Code of Honor”/”Move Along Home”/”Profit and Lace”/”Threshold” bad: infantile sex jokes, a potty-mouthed Exocomp and a one-note joke character from Season 1… I just didn’t care enough about Peanut Hamper in the first place to desire an entire episode about a mutinous jerk continuing to be a mutinous jerk.

And no amount of grass could make this episode any more likeable in my book.

I can’t agree with you more. If there is a follow up with any of these characters, I will entirely skip it.

CBS-Paramount produces the ‘Trek franchise now. So, someone at ST: Lower Decks has a wickedly funny sense of humor. CBS itself becomes the punch line to another in-joke from those who literally drew this episode. How so?

When, at the end, Peanut Hamper converses with Jeffrey Comb’s own evil computer, other Starfleet’s Self-Aware Megalomaniacal Computer Storage units come alive with various logos — including the CBS Television LOGO !!!

OMG, that turned the entire story into a long-running joke with that logo’s appearance as the punch line. It’s as if the story is daring us to “Wait For It” …. and then, there it is.

LOL

Not only is the series funny as heck, they take a stab at their own production house. Wow, I like these guys. Beam us up …. and hurry with more episodes!

Wow. I’ve liked every episode of Lower Decks so far and loved the overwhelming majority. I assumed there would be one I disliked eventually, but not one that I felt was truly awful. Easily the worst in the series, and maybe the worst in the franchise. In fact, I don’t even think its close.

This one was without doubt the worst episode of the series so far. It’s only the second one I truly disliked. The first one being the episode in season one where Badgey was first introduced. This one put me off worse than that one.

Reading the comments here and other places, it is definitely a very divisive episode. Even my favorite YouTube Trek shows didn’t seem to like it much either. I thought it started off great and I liked the flashback, then the first teaser with Peanut Hamper and changing the opening was really cool. I think the last time a show changed it’s opening for a single episode was all the way back to fourth season of Enterprise with In a Mirror, Darkly. So it started off great.

But it started to fall apart fast the second they got to the planet. I did like it and yes it was definitely a strange new world. Another reason why I like Lower Decks, it actually believes in exploring and has run into a lot of unique cultures. But I was confused for a long time because I thought it was the same species from TAS. I missed the joke Peanut Hamper made because I didn’t remember their names lol. Anyway, it was definitely interesting to see this advanced Starfleet AI live with a primitive culture and learns to adapt but as we know, that wasn’t quite the case.

I think the biggest issue for me is that Peanut Hamper was just too unlikable. She would show signs that she was turning into a good person but in the end she was just too selfish an it rubbed me the wrong way. I did laugh a lot in the episode and definitely the things she would say. I laughed hard when she said she wanted to originally be a Dabo girl on Freecloud. This character is just insane and fits in with the LDS vibe, but there is probably still going too far with it. And I usually love how quirky this show is, but I think this episode was just too weird, even for me, the guy who loves weird quirky Star Trek.

And I didn’t hate everything. I did love seeing the Drookmani back and the twist at the end with AGIMUS. What’s becoming interesting about LDS is that they are now building their own mythology and set of characters and species like all the classic shows did. Everything in this episode dealt with new species or characters that originated with this show. All of that is a big positive. I love seeing callbacks like what we got with DS9 the previous episode but it’s nice to see the show rely on its own world building more and more.

But ultimately this episode just didn’t do it for me and even left a bad taste in my mouth. But it’s only the second episode of the season I felt let down by so that’s still a great record overall. I wish Picard had that record lol. But it’s crazy to have one of the best and then worst episodes of the show back-to-back of each other. Maybe the DS9 episode was just TOO good!

I almost didn’t make it to the end. Worst episode of the entire series. I hate, h-a-t-e peanut hamper. I don’t understand why they even would make an episode on this weird piece of selfish junk. Rude, disgusting, vulgar. This just hit all of my buttons in all the wrong ways.

I really liked Peanut Hamper in the first season but I think it was a bad idea to double down on her selfishness the way they did it here. I actually understood why she didn’t want to stop the Pakleds in the first season because as she said she could’ve died. That is asking a lot for someone. We’re used to every Starfleet officer doing selfless acts and always thinking of the ship and crew before themselves. It was actually a nice twist that one of them had their limits lol; especially for a crew she just met. I couldn’t completely fault her, but it was the way she did it that made her look cold and unlikable.

But this episode she lived with these people and went so far as to fall in love with one of them. So we definitely saw her in a different light but then was willing to have their culture be destroyed so she can get off the planet was up there in the evil department even she wasn’t purposely trying to hurt them.

Creative as hell, something really different! The parts that people seem to hate or find cringy were put in deliberately. I think the franchise has room for an episode like this every once in a while… risk is our business, etc…

Very interesting attempt to do something different. It’s also a bold decision to subvert expectations and deny Peanut Hamper a redemption arc. It’s not very Star Trek in that regard, but it’s also unpredictable and different, so I can’t get too mad. And we did get a story about a leader coming out of his shell. I didn’t love it, but it’s not a failure the way some are painting it.

Could have done without the sex scenes though.

This was better than the DS9 episode which I found mediocre. It’s going to be divisive for sure, a selfish and narcissist starfleet officer is definitely unique and controversial. I’m glad they took a huge swing with it.

I liked the episode even if it felt a little too Avatar-y for my taste in the first half. Basically not having the main cast in it didn’t bother me at all. It’s fun to experiment with the format a little. But it does hit different with with those ridiculously short seasons.

The only thing I didn’t quite like was the twist. This “nothing matters and everyone’s an asshole”-Attitude is more at home in the Rick & Morty writers room. Star Trek shouldn’t be this nihilistic. It’s weird since the writers in this show are usually the only ones at paramount who get Star Treks Core Messaging Right without it feeling like lip service.

I didn’t like the final twist either but the “Avatar-y” feel was exactly what I did like about the episode. I want to have many, many Avatar-like episodes and movies, especially in future live-action. Avatar is the “blue print” for any good Trek product…

I don’t know about that but man do I have good news for you on the „many Avatar Projects“ front 😂

Yeah, I know, Avatar itself is going to be back big time. But that’s not the point. Back in 2010, after Avatar had been released, I was so much hoping for the next Trek film to jump the bandwagon and go fully strange new worlds… Instead they made a horribly awful remake of TWOK :-(

I just wish that since they decided to spend most of an episode on a non-central character, they would have chosen one who could have added more to the show, like Shaxs, T’Ana, or Ransom, to give them a little more depth and not just there to be foils for the four main characters.

A missed opportunity, I think.

Okay, this was a rather mediocre effort but I wonder: Could the Areore actually be the descendents of the Xindi Avians? That would be exciting…

That’s what I was wondering as well.

Alright episode at trying new things. Peanut Hamper is an annoying character to me personally and plus I never gave a crap about the exocomps. Not one of my favorite episodes of TNG.

Weakest episode of the season. I applaud LDS trying something different, but this was a misfire. Who in the production team decided Peanut Hamper was interesting enough to carry almost an entire episode?

Didn’t like it. Checked to see if it was almost over a couple of times. What I didn’t like (besides the unlikeable PH) is that it felt like a parody of a parody. The aliens too were too much of a stretch for me and, unlike with the regular cast of characters, the humor felt forced.

Of course you could argue some other Trek species are a stretch as well, but these birds specifically didn’t feel like you could run into them in another live-action Trek show. All the animals on that planet were basically earth-based animals… with wings.

Curious choice to put this one after last week’s triumph of an episode. Such a contrast. Looking forward to next week’s finale!

Yeah, I did not like this one at all. That’s just me. This is the worst episode of the season for me.

I’m still looking forward to the next one…

I really enjoyed this episode, maybe one of the greatest episodes trek ever. Made me feel like I was a kid again watching TOS back in the 60s.

Are these the Great Birds of the Galaxy? Did they really not mention that connection?

The show has already made a “great bird of the galaxy” joke in a previous episode. I think it was back in season 1.

Boimler’s statue in the future was of him holding a great bird of the galaxy.

Did NOT like this episode. Mainly because it focused on Peanut Hamper, a badly written character that I now hate even more. And not in a fun, good way where you “love to hate” the character. What trash, sadly! 😕

I stopped watching after 10 minutes and came to check on here to see if I’m alone in finding this unbearably, unwatchably awful. Genuinely don’t know if I can stomach the whining sound of Peanut Hamper for the remainder of the episode. And last week was sooo good….

I don’t know… Peanut Hamper reminded me a great deal of Mariner.

Generally I think there are no really bad LSD episodes. No episode comes close to the TNG lows…

However I agree that this episode was not that much entertaining. I was never fooled by the penaut hamper redemption talks, the reveal was No suprise. Was not also the funniest episode.

On the other hand I like that the writers try to do new things and Not lean back on formula episodes.

The last few episodes I have tried to find something positive to say. This one… Can’t find one. One thing that was odd was they did a “previously on” and I didn’t remember any of it. Made me think the “previously on” itself was the joke. Was it? It might be. But I don’t really remember any events of any episodes. Nothing on this show is memorable.

The main takeaway is that the Exocomp was supposed to be funny I guess but it just came across as irritating. Really a mechanical version of Mariner.

Anyway… That’s about it. 7 episodes this season. Each seemed to be worse than the one that came before it.