Shockwave wrote: ↑Thu Oct 28, 2021 5:17 pm
Ok, so I gave Lower Decks another try this week. I actually watched the whole series. I think my scathing assessment of it was a little harsh. A little. There's still a lot that I don't like about it.
I've decided to give this series another shot with season 3 premiering this week. And I'd have to agree. I think I was a little overly harsh on it to begin with..... But there is still a lot I don't like about it as well.
For me, the biggest problem is that all of the characters are far too knowledgeable/self referral about the Star Trek universe, almost like they've seen the series from the perspective of the audience. Granted, it's a comedy series so they're we're not supposed to take it very seriously... But it takes me out of the story, and makes the Star Trek universe feel smaller. The premise of this show is supposed to be about the lowest ranked crew members on the ship furthest away from the real action. These shouldn't be characters that know everything and are friends with the top brass of Starfleet. Like with Mariner, she's described as a Starfleet brat, so she's been around the block a couple times. Ok, fine. But she's best friends with everyone everywhere they go? Captain Riker is even such good friends with her he gives her Romulan ale and owes her some big favor? Common, that's just over the top. Or with Boimler, he's an overachiever, so he's apparently memorized every little detail on all sorts of missions. But the stuff he knows goes far beyond what he should know. He and Rutherford mention Section 31 a couple times in an episode where they think Mariner might be a Black Ops agent, something they certainly shouldn't know anything about... So how do they?
I also don't get Mariner's character in-particular. She's been promoted and demoted several times it seems, but she's happy being a lowly ensign because it doesn't come with the rules and responsibilities the higher ranks have... But that doesn't mean she gets to ignore all the rules and responsibilities she'd have as a Starfleet officer regardless of her rank. She acts like a spoiled brat who thinks she knows better than the whole of Starfleet, and for some reason, she gets away with it most of the time. Granted, her assignment to the Cerritos, under her mother's watch, is meant to be a last chance... But they mostly let her get away with whatever she does. I don't understand how she's still in Starfleet.
That was something I liked about the 3rd season premier though... Her father tells her to chill out and trust in the system, and we see she should have listened to him. Although having Tuvok involved in the investigation, once again, makes the universe feel smaller because why would Tuvok be involved in this particular case? Oh, and it was dumb that they had to steal an amusement park ride recreation of the Phoenix to get to the Cerritos. They could have stolen any number of shuttles much more easily.
They do get some things right that I feel the other nuTrek series have been doing wrong... But at the same time this series has a lot of flaws as well.