“Crisis Point” Examines Mariner By Way Of The “Star Trek” Movies

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Every episode of “Star Trek: Lower Decks” is filled with easter eggs, but “Crisis Point” takes that to a new level. The subject for nostalgia this week is the “Star Trek” movies. None of the entries pass by either. We see nods from “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” through J.J. Abrams Kelvin universe (Hello, lens flare. It’s been a minute since we’ve seen you.) The backdrop works admirably for the main story of the week, and one I know I’ve been waiting for: Why is Mariner the way she is.

Crisis Point: Mariner

A little therapy never hurt anyone, but sometimes you have to go about it in your own way, especially one as rebellious as Mariner. She reprograms Boimler’s holodeck simulation of the crew (more on that later) to become an epic movie. Interestingly though, she casts herself as the villain, which leads to some self-discovery as to why she acts the way she does. The discovery, though, isn’t as much as you might have hoped.

To Starfleet Or Not Starfleet

Mariner’s misbehavior comes down to a dislike of Starfleet protocol. Not that it comes as a surprise, but it raises some questions. Mariner comes to realize that she’s only on the Cerritos as the last stop in Starfleet. If her mother, Captain Freeman, decides to transfer her, then she can kiss Starfleet goodbye. Given her dislike of Starfleet protocol, why does she want to stay? That would seem to be the bigger question of this character, and one that remains decidedly unanswered. Maybe the season finale will address that question.

Crisis Point: Boimler?

For as much growth as we’ve seen in Mariner, we’ve seen the opposite in Boimler. What’s worse is this is the second incident where his character’s forward movement from last week disappears in the following episode. Granted, not many people have random outbursts of assertiveness and tap into that well permanently. Still, his descent into nervous ensign, creating holodeck simulations from the crew’s private logs, is the wrong direction. At least his accidental discovery that Mariner is Freeman’s daughter reopens a forgotten thread from this season. I wonder if they’ll follow up on the idea that Freeman asked him to report everything about her behavior. He has to have kept a log somewhere. After all, he’s out to impress.