Lower Decks Season 4 Ep 9-10 is the two-part finale 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 “The Inner Flight” and “Old Friends, New Planets” respectively Lower Decks Season 4 Ep 9-10 has Captain Freeman assigning the lower deckers on a safe mission to protect Mariner while the Cerritos searches for the whereabouts of Nic Lucarno. However, despite their best efforts, Mariner ends up held up as the hoped-for ally of the disgraced Lucarno, now a megalomaniacal armed with a rebel fleet and destructively planet-reforming Genesis device.
This Star Trek does an excellent job with nostalgic fan-service by aligning it with the plot and characterisation of the stories. Plot-wise, we get the return of Locarno last seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation (ST: TNG) as a rogue cadet in the Academy. Character-wise, we have Mariner inserted as a first-year cadet during the time that the entire ST: TNG incident was set. We are given motivation for Mariner’s recklessness – upset about Sito’s death (seen in ST: TNG), she vows to remain an ensign as tribute to her fallen comrade. It’s taken awhile but we are beginning to appreciate that Mariner is more than just a Star Trek “Mary Sue”.
Lower Decks Season 4 Ep 9-10 is a brilliant wrap-up of an excellent season – we are definitely looking forward to Season 5. Highly recommended for Trekkers!
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