Trekathon 906: In the Cradle of Vexilon (LD)

The Vedxilon’s in the cradle and the silver spoon… Spoilers.

A better episode, but still short of Lower Decks at its best. There’s more to the story, and some opportunity for characters to change and develop. But the jokes felt a bit sparse, and two of the three plots fell a little flat.

Interesting spin on the ‘new lieutenant’ story. It fits Boimler’s character well, and also resonates with the real world experience of people getting a promotion that they might not be quite ready for. The only sour spot in that part of the plot was the way T’Lynn was really just there as a kind of narrator, without any real involvement in the plot herself.

The other Lt. JG story wasn’t quite as strong, with them being the victim of hazing after a fresh promotion. It just felt like there were no consequences or lessons learnt from the entire experience. And beyond Lancelot the ferret not many great jokes. It is nice to see Tendi’s other side come out a bit though.

Finally, the Captain tries to fix the computer. I’m not even clear on if there was even a lesson to be learnt here – she turns out to be basically right about not needing an engineer, as all Billlips does is remind her of safe mode. For a planet-ending apocalypse there didn’t seem to be much in the way of stakes.

Quick Hits:

  • Oooh, a halo ring!

  • Feels like a very TOS setup to the episode – super intelligent computer, idyllic paradise, etc.

  • Ransom the art critic is something I would love to see more of.

  • The anomaly room is just a 2 minute run of references. Even to ‘Move Along Home’.

  • Very Twin Peaks vibe from the dream/cosmic koala sequence.

  • Bit disappointed we didn’t get more out of the ring world setting.

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