Lower Decks Season 4 Ep 4 is the fourth chapter of the fourth season of an American adult animated science fiction television series created by Mike McMahan for the streaming service CBS All Access (later rebranded as Paramount+). It is the ninth Star Trek series and debuted in 2020 as part of executive producer Alex Kurtzman’s expanded Star Trek Universe. The franchise’s first animated series since Star Trek: The Animated Series concluded in 1974 and also its first comedy, Lower Decks follows the low-ranking support crew of the starship Cerritos in the 24th century.
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Entitled “Something Borrowed, Something Green”, Lower Decks Season 4 Ep 4 was set almost entirely on Orion as D’Vana Tendi – with Mariner and T’Lyn – returns home to attend her sister’s wedding. When she arrives, she discovers that her sister D’Erika has been kidnapped by a former suitor and her family tasks D’Vana to rescue her. The episode reveals that D’Vana is more of typical Orion than believed, as D’Vana tried her best to downplay her Orion nature as much as possible. Ultimately, D’Vana finds out that D’Erika had faked her own abduction as a form of acting out before her wedding and the two sisters resolve their differences amicably after a brief sword-fight.
An entertaining chapter that focuses for once on D’Vana’s Orion personalities, with the stoic Vulcan T’Lyn counterpointing Mariner’s wildness well. Definitely a solid addition to the cast of characters. Throughout the episode, it was made clear that D’Vana’s nerdy tendencies and interest made her unsuitable for the pirate’s life and Starfleet was the prefect organisation for her to be her true self. An engaging character study as well. Recommended!
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