In Review: Star Trek Lower Decks – Strange Energies (S.2 Ep.1)

'Strange Energies' sees the return of Lower Decks. First Officer Jack Ransom (Jerry O'Connell) is suddenly transformed . . .
Lower Decks

Synopsis: ‘Strange Energies’ sees the return of Lower Decks. First Officer Jack Ransom (Jerry O’Connell) is suddenly transformed . . .

 

Story

Now we know what to expect, it’s easier to watch Lower Decks on its own terms. For example, ‘Strange Energies’ draws on the traditional ‘plot-device” element of Star Trek. Furthermore, it takes things to a silly extreme. And, that’s exactly what the show is meant to do. When you throw in a ton of clever Easter eggs, and even a fun B plot then you have a formula that works really well.

Voices and Characterization

Once more, Tawny Newsome provides a great character in Beckett Mariner. Newsome delivers lines with plenty of energy and fun, which means the pace of the episode marries the tone. Jerry O’Connell brings his trademark sense of comedy to the proceedings.

Animation

Again, you’ll either enjoy the animation, or you won’t . . . Whilst it’s not for everyone, the possibilities are almost limitless, and that helps to make for creative plots. The use of a ‘God-like’ being as the physical manifestation of an ego was a good idea, delivered well.

Overall

A strong start to season two, in ‘Strange Energies’. Consequently, SciFiPulse is impressed. Once more, it was great to see Trek royalty Jonathan Frakes as the legendary Captain Riker who is now in charge of The U.S. S Titan, where Boimler (Jack Quaid) is serving.

 

At some point during the run of Season Two of Star Trek: Lower Decks, May The Verse Be With You will run a thematic special . . .

 

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In Review: Star Trek Lower Decks - Strange Energies (S.2 Ep.1)
  • Story
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  • Voices and Characterisation
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  • Animation
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  • Incidental Music
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