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Star Trek Just Called Back to the Original TNG Lower Decks


In its season four finale, Star Trek: Lower Decks connects to the Next Generation episode that inspired the series, and one of its main characters.

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This post contains spoilers for the Star Trek: Lower Decks season 4 finale

As we all know, “Lower Decks” is about a quartet of ensigns in the shadow of big important Starfleet ships like the USS Enterprise-D. Despite their unenviable position, the four officers remained committed to their mission, even to the point that one of them sacrificed their lives.

What? No, I’m not talking about Beckett Mariner, Brad Boimler, Sam Rutherford, or D’Vana Tendi. No, I’m talking about the original “Lower Decks” crew: Sam Lavelle, Sito Jaxa, Alyssa Ogawa, and Taruk.

One of the standout episodes of the uneven seventh season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Lower Decks” followed Nurse Ogawa, a longtime background character working with Dr. Crusher, to focus on her and her oft-ignored friends. That episode ended with the death of Bajoran Ensign Sito Jaxa (Shannon Fill), redeeming her participation in a dangerous maneuver at Starfleet Academy that resulted in the death of a fellow cadet.

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