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Lower Decks 

A mission of the Enterprise is seen through the eyes of some junior officers who are up for promotions, as questions of duty and honor arise among some of them, such as a Bajoran whom Worf has designated to be promoted to operations.


Gabrielle Beaumont


Gene Roddenberry (created by), René Echevarria (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Dan Gauthier ... Sam Lavelle
Shannon Fill ... Sito Jaxa
Alexander Enberg ... Taurik
Bruce Beatty ... Ben
Patti Yasutake ... Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Don Reilly Don Reilly ... Joret Dal


Sam Lavelle, who is up for promotion after tests he takes with fellow ensigns, fears Riker has it in for him. Sito Jaxa is told by Picard she shouldn't even have been admitted to the course after her cowardly conduct as Starfleet Academy cadet. Worf takes care of the close combat training. While the trainee officers wrestle with their hopes and honor, the Enterprise has to shift focus to a real operation. This involves a covert mission with a Cardassian, for which a cadet is selected after some doubts have been lifted by hidden psychological tests. Written by KGF Vissers

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English | Klingon

Release Date:

5 February 1994 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nils Diaz was named for the American nuclear engineer of the same name, who is René Echevarria's godfather and a propulsion-system researcher. See more »


After the ensign is ordered to return to the original heading (about six minutes in), the ensign replies, "Aye, aye, sir!" Riker then admonishes him with "One 'aye' will be sufficient, ensign." This is incorrect. "Aye, sir" is used when agreeing with or replying to a senior officer. "Aye, aye, sir!" is used when acknowledging an order. See more »


Sito Jaxa: [responding to an earlier criticism on her from Picard] If you didn't want me on your ship, you should have said so when I was assigned to it. It's not your place to punish me for what I did at the Academy. I've worked hard here. My record is exemplary. If you're going to judge me, judge me for what I am now.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Very well, Ensign, I will. It took courage to come here and face me after what I said to you the other day.
[... ]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: And Ensign - I do know why you ended up on the Enterprise. I asked for you....
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Thine Own Self (1994) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Those noble officers not on the bridge
11 September 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

I'm pretty sure I'd only seen parts of 'Lower Decks' over the years, and seeing it in its entirety was an eye-opener. A creative look at the lower-level officers that populate the Enterprise, it also reframed the main cast (those all-too-familiar faces we see from week to week) as administrative department heads. Yeah, it's kind of a workplace episode. And as each character achieves clarity throughout the story, a fluffy ending is almost guaranteed; that is, until a late-hour plot twist turns that right on its head.

Highly potent stuff.


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