You Can’t Handle The Veritas – “Star Trek: Lower Decks” Review

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“Veritas” takes its moments to let all of the characters shine. “Lower Decks” has been a little hit and miss with that aspect this season, but the episodes work best when you get a little bit from everyone. All of this takes place in a “courtroom” that is sure to evoke “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” or at least some other courtroom episode from the myriad of “Star Trek” series.

The Crew That Goes To Trial Together

It seems that Klarr, voiced by Kurtwood Smith, wants our Lower Decks mates to speak the truth about their senior officers’ involvement with a particular event. Through this, we learn that Boimler, Mariner, Tendi, and Rutherford also participated in one form or another. On the one hand, it’s hard to believe a Federation starship crew can consistently perform so poorly. I guess that’s what keeps us coming back for more on the other. It’s nice to see the ship’s crew performing together, though.

Speak Your Veritas

The most significant inconsistency this season has shown is its character development. That can plague any show during the first season, so I’ve tried not to put too much weight too it. Still, it can be frustrating when we see threads of development, and then we see characters revert to out of the box behaviors. We saw it last week with Boimler. This week, we get almost the opposite with him and his speech about how he and the Cerritos crew are just human. While the antics of the Cerritos crew might be over the top sometimes, it’s a friendly reminder that Starfleet can’t all be the crew of the Enterprise.

How Much Homage Is Too Much Homage?

Star Trek: Lower Decks” seems capable of delivering more than just an homage to “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” I know I’ve been spoiled by “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Star Trek: Picard” and now want clearly defined arcs for my characters. “Lower Decks” may never deliver that level of storytelling, but a consistent growth would be preferable. Or is that too much to expect from a cartoon? I at least hope not. And no, I’m didn’t forget about the return of John de Lancie as Q. The “Star Trek” nerd in me squeed when I realized it was him voicing the character. As a person who doesn’t really like gimmicks, though, the appearance just felt forced. Or maybe I would have preferred an episode centering on him. I need some more of that “Q bullshit.”

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