TV SERIES Review: Star Trek: Lower Decks S1E2 – Envoys ⭐️½

Season 1
CBS All Access
August 13, 2020

Episode 2 – “Envoys”

Bolmier is excited to be assigned an escort mission for a Klingon General Korin. Mariner decides to join him. Bolmier is frustrated that she seems to know everybody, including the General Korin, and they start drinking. Korin gets drunk with Mariner and then hijacks the shuttle craft, leaving Bolmier and Mariner on the planet. Now, Bolmier and Mariner have to find the Klingon and the shuttle. Meanwhile, aboard the Cerritos, Rutherford has wanderlust for other departments besides engineering.

Will Bolmier and Mariner find the shuttle and the Klingon general? Will they get the general to the event on time? Will Rutherford pick a new department or stay with engineering?

Summary

The first two viewings this episode was pretty uneventful and boring. The third viewing went a little better and I finally got through it. I don’t care much for Mariner’s character so far. She’s too much of a know-it-all and her voice somewhat reminds me of Tiffany Haddish. It’s a whining, grating voice. We get it that she’s experienced, but does Mariner have to constantly remind us how great she is?

Bolmier’s character is too much of a wimp. He needs to grow a pair and go on a mission without Mariner. Rutherford is sort of a homage to Geordie LaForge with the cybernetic implants.

My favorite scene was on the holodeck: Smorgasborg! That generated a smile and made this a 1.5 star rating just for that scene. If only there could be more to recommend here, but the story is just too bland. The mission is meh.

This episode is largely forgettable. A pretty big step down from the first episode, unfortunately. Not recommended.

Episode rating: ⭐️½ 

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