In Review: Star Trek Lower Decks – Envoys (Episode 2)

"Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome), Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid) take the limelight again"

 

Synopsis:  This week, aboard the U.S.S. Cerritos  Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome), Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid) take the limelight again, as they attempt to escort a Klingon diplomat. Meanwhile there’s more awkwardness between D’Vana Tendi (Noel Wells) and Sam Rutherford (Eugene Cordero), as their romance continues its slow crawl.

 

Story

Strong story and tight writing. The format of using the two sets of characters and switching between them really works. Mariner and Boimler take centre stage again, this time with Boimler being given the task of escorting a Klingon diplomat to an important meeting. of course, Mariner hijacks the mission and joins him. Their dynamic is explored in more detail and the character of Boimler gets some development, too. There’s a fun surprise at the end which is quite endearing and let’s you see that Mariner does care for Boimler.

Tendi and Rutherford’s story  (mostly Rutherford) is the subplot, which sees Rutherford also get some development to his character. There’s something genuine and cute to their relationship. An innocence that they both possess and plenty of bumbling awkwardness. Also, there’s more fun with Rutherford’s eye-piece, as we see what it’s capable of, and how it can help him.

 

Voices

The voice acting was good and again we see that there are many talented actors helping to make the characters have lives of their own. Not easy to take the lead and steal the show in an animated feature, but again (Tawny Newsome) just about manages to do just that. Boimler (Jack Quaid) provides a good understudy to Mariner, and chemistry (of the comedy duo sort, not romance) between the two is there. The actors seem to know the characters they aren’t voicing well, and this helps to make the interactions plausible.

 

Animation

The Ferengi could maybe have been drawn with more detail, but that’s maybe due to the style of the show’s animation. There was nothing that looked challenging to do, and that was a shame. It seems a little as if the animation was picked to maybe draw a range of ages towards the show. cartoon enough for younger viewers, but relatable to Rick and Morty for older ones watching.

Overall

Solid writing kept things moving, and the two plots did what they needed to and got where they had to. There was nothing that stood out though. This isn’t a great show by any stretch of the imagination. It’s not terrible, though. What’s difficult to try and understand is why the style of animation was chosen. It doesn’t add much to the show and hasn’t helped to establish it as fresh or edgy. It would have been nice to get a show that made the most of the advances made since Star Trek: The Animated Series. Something that pushed the boundaries much further.

The characters being developed were good, and this episode helped them to make more of an impression. The biggest problem is that the show just isn’t funny enough. That should be the major feature, and sadly it’s not. It will be interesting to see how things pan out, but here at Sci-fi Pulse we’re hardly counting the days until episode three.

7.7
Star Trek: Lower Decks in Review -Episode 2
  • Story
    8.1
  • Voices
    8.3
  • Animation
    7.1
  • Overall
    7.4
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