In the TNG episode “Lower Decks,” we see what life is like for junior officers on the Enterprise, the relationships they have with each other and their commanding officers, and understand what it’s like to be left in the dark during a dangerous mission. The crew takes a look at this fan-favorite episode and discusses these relationship and mentoring styles, Sito Jaxa’s impact on Trek fandom, and Lavelle’s terrible small talk.
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Hosts: Sue, Andi, Grace, Jarrah
Transcription: Rebecca – @carolinalady
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Notes and References:
- Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: “Lower Decks” at Tor.com
- “Lower Decks” at Memory Alpha
As always, excellent show! One thought I had while listening today was about Neelix when you were discussing that women are expected to be nurturing and tend to other’s feelings. To me yet another reason why I absolutely love Voyager, the morale officer is male and the person in charge of organizing birthdays and decorating and taking care of others. At the same time, maybe that personality trait that would challenge society’s old boring expectations, is the reason Neelix was not so popular with some.