Easter Eggs are to Decrease Decks what gritty struggle is to Deep House 9: just about the entire level. So when the crew of the USS Cerritos is tasked with transporting Janeway’s previous ship to Earth, you know there’s going to be a mountain of references.
Star Trek Voyager may be probably the most unloved of the three golden-era Star Trek collection, however it was nonetheless sensible in its personal method. The present introduced plenty of one of the best Star Trek characters to the display, and featured among the strangest incidents from proper throughout the Star Trek timeline.
Naturally, then, the primary Decrease Decks episode of season 4 is a blast, taking us on a literal journey by way of Voyager’s historical past of journey because the ship is become an exhibit. It’s packed to the brim with Easter Eggs for Star Trek followers to get pleasure from, however there are quite a lot of deep cuts which require some additional rationalization. Right here’s each single Easter Egg within the Decrease Decks Voyager episode, unpacked.
The Impartial Zone
Because the mission kicks off and the USS Cerritos departs to start some mysterious task, Mariner and Freeman each share their hopes that it’ll don’t have anything to do with the Romulan Impartial Zone. Nothing good ever occurs there.
That, after all, was what the crew of the USS Enterprise-D found, particularly in earlier episodes and seasons of the present. A complete plotline was dedicated to suspicions that the Romulans have been gearing up for struggle, explored within the likes of The Impartial Zone, The Enemy, and The Defector.
The perfect theme tune
It’s not the Impartial Zone, although: the task is to move a repaired USS Voyager again to Earth, now that it’s been fitted with an inside exhibition. The ship appears to be like gorgeous in animation, and as dry dock lights up, the core Voyager theme performs. Tingles.
The one with the whales
Then we hit the credit: every season, a brand new ship has been becoming a member of in with the USS Cerritos’ battle in opposition to the Borg as seen within the credit. This season, we have now the Star Trek IV area probe becoming a member of in – annoying sound results and all.
A brief tour
After the credit, the opening pans across the inside of the ship. We get a have a look at Seven’s Borg regeneration alcove, the bridge, and the Voyager mess corridor with Neelix’s kitchen. All are full with mannequins of the Voyager senior workers, together with Janeway, Tuvok, Harry Kim, Tom Paris, Neelix, and Seven.
House micro organism
We get a point out of the ‘Neelix cheese’ that nearly destroyed the ship. Sure, this was an actual plotline. It’s a reference to the season 1 Voyager episode Studying Curve, by which Neelix brings aboard an alien cheese with micro organism cultures that go on to contaminate the ship whereas he makes an attempt to make a crew member macaroni cheese. Oh Voyager, we actually liked you.
As Spock might inform you, alien flowers might be harmful. Whereas Tendi and T’Lyn are transporting to the Cerritos, a leaf from an orchid discreetly blows away and lands on the transporter pad. Billups and T’Ana beam with the leaf, and, like with Tuvix, it creates a hybrid. Tuvix isn’t actually an Easter Egg as a result of going over that plot level is the entire level of the episode, however right here we’re nonetheless.
Behind a panel on the bridge is a dormant macrovirus from the episode Macrocosm by which Janeway and the EMH battled in opposition to a flying swarm of alien viruses that had assaulted Voyager. It’s woke up, and flees into the ship.
These Previous Scientists
Mariner mentions: ‘that Pike factor we aren’t supposed to speak about,’ referring to the Decrease Decks crossover with SNW, AKA: one of the best episode of Unusual New Worlds season 2.
The Janeway lizard
As Boimler chases down the macrovirus, we see the reveals that line the corridors. These embrace mechanical recreations of the Tom Paris and Captain Janeway salamanders from the notorious episode Threshold. One more Voyager traditional.
The Holodeck is unintentionally triggered and set on-line, reactivating Dr Chaotica, from Tom Paris’ Holodeck adventures the place he’d be Captain Proton, and Michael Sullivan, Janeway’s short-term holographic love curiosity. However, they’re now geared up with cellular emitters.
It additionally prompts a holographic model of The Clown: the villain from the season 2 episode The Thaw performed by Higher Name Saul’s Michael McKean. “These are like VOY’s deepest cuts!” cries Boimler. Yep.
Freeman and Shaxs talk about Janeway’s strategy to ‘fixing’ the Tuvix conundrum (she killed him so convey again Tuvok and Neelix) and Shaxs says, “Janeway didn’t fiddle.” No she didn’t: her willingness to compromise her morals (making a pact with the borg) was a part of her character arc.
The Astrometrics lab
Ransom, Rutherford, and Kayshon are trapped in Seven of 9’s Astrometrics lab. Do not forget that? Seven of 9 was obsessive about science, and her improvement of the Astrometrics lab received Voyager residence faster. Talking of which, she ought to have joined Daystrom Institute, not been shoehorned into Starfleet as a captain… anyway.
The Golden Gate Bridge
Voyager is taken again to earth and saved as an exhibit subsequent to the Golden Gate bridge, which can be the situation of Starfleet Academy. A great studying place for cadets, and a well-recognized sight from the TOS films.
Unfortunate Ensign Kim
It must be an Easter Egg that it’s the Voyager episode by which overdue ensigns get promoted, proper? Someplace, Ensign Kim is weeping.
“They’re serving eyes, or hearts, or one thing,” says an ill-fated Klingon within the last scene. The perfect look we’ve gotten at Klingon meals might be the TNG episode A Matter of Honor by which Riker joins a Klingon ship in an trade program. He has to eat some actually gross stuff, hearts and eyes and the remaining, and does so with gusto. Good previous Riker.
Whew! That was fairly intense. These have been all of the Easter Eggs within the debut Decrease Decks episode of season 1. It was an actual deal with to be again aboard the ship, even with the absence of any Voyager forged members. Now Decrease Decks has been to Deep House 9 and Voyager: may they stumble throughout Geordi as he fixes the Enterprise-D? In all probability not. However, in the event that they do, we’ll be there to unpack all of the Easter Eggs.
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