Star Trek: Lower Decks is the first animated Star Trek series since Star Trek: The Animated Series, and the franchise's first comedy. These qualities only grow throughout Season 2, making Star Trek: Lower Decks a significant addition to the Trekuniverse.
Ensign Mariner (Tawny Newsome) is still upset by Bill Riker's (Jonathan Frakes) appointment to the more luxurious USS Titan. Tendi (Noel Wells) admits she has no interest in her friend, and Rutherford vows she will never forget her.
Jet Manhaver (Marcus Henderson) is assigned to Boimlers former bunk and shift duties during a dangerous mission. During a dangerous mission, Mariner and Jet realize that asking Tendi and Rutherford for their opinions is what saves them. However, Boimler's clone is not able to return to the Cerritos. He is effectively shifted out of the group due to his anger.
When Dr. TAna (Gillian Vigman) sends Tendi on a quest to collect a family heirloom, and Mariner joins them, they realize they know nothing about each other. At the end of the mission, Tom Paris (Robert Duncan) of Voyager fame makes a cameo appearance. He continues to question whether or not Shaxs (Fred Tatasciore) is finally alive.
The Cerritos is tangled with a Ferengi poaching expedition that threatens a Mugatos population. Mariner and Boimler come to an end by revealing how she was hurt by Boimler's promotion to the Titan. Tendi and Rutherford go to a bar where it turns out Kirk and Spock once drank.
The Pakleds are the primary antagonist in the season 6, which takes place on the same day as the anomaly consolidation day. However, Boimler realizes that there is a difference between pretending to be leaders and actually leading. They reveal that they did not intend to negotiate peace, that Rumdar is a spy, and that they intend to attack earth using materials from Karzill IV, where they killed Boimler while serving on the Titan.
Mariner and Boimler are trapped on a deserted planet while transporting an evil, sentient computer, putting their friendship to the test as the computer pits them against each other. Billups paid a visit to the Cerritos, telling him his mother was dead, and the Hysperians tell him she has renounced his claim to the throne, so he must now resign from Starfleet and perform the Royal Copulation (as members of the royal house
Shari yn Yem (Lennon Parham) joins the Cerritos to perform holopod training in which the bridge crew and the lower deckers take turns evading the Borg. Yem decides to stay in the drills so she can see how adept the crew is. The following danger horrifies Yem, and he is soon freed from the holopod.
The Pakleds return for 'Wej Duj,' arguably the finest episode of the season. On the Cheta, lower decker Maah (Jon Curry) agrees with Dorgs desire to destroy the Kingon Empire through the Pakleds. However, the Cerritos and ShVhal have to resort to their own actions.
Freeman is offered a promotion in the final episode, which puts the crew on edge. However, a plasma wave hits the Cerritos and sends it adrift in the Laaperian homeworld. Rutherford suggests removing the ship's outer hull, which engineering corroborates would work. When the Starfleet officers beam onto the ship, she informs them that they're actually there to arrest her for the destruction of Pakled Planet.
After this cliffhanger, Season 3 will likely pick up. What used to be a strictly episodic series now has signs of a multi-season story arc involving an intergalactic conflict, not only with the Pakleds, but also with the Klingons. Since the Kingons are a classic Star Trek antagonist, it would be interesting to see them reprise their role in a more deadly role again.