From that second on, “Disaster Level,” performs out like a biggest hits album from all of the Star Trek movies. From the J.J. Abrams lens flare to the long-lasting opening credit of The Wrath of Khan, to the saucer part crash from Generations, this episode makes it clear that what you’re watching is LOWER DECKS: THE MOVIE, and that you need to be very a lot conscious how totally different — and bombastic — Trek motion pictures are from their TV episode counterparts. It’s not precisely a diss on the idea of Trek motion pictures usually, however as Decrease Decks makes clear, you may get away with issues in Trek motion pictures that you just couldn’t do in a random episode of the present. In different phrases, the Genesis Gadget is superior and all the things, however the colossal energy of that know-how is one thing we simply neglect about as a result of The Wrath is mainly a personality piece, relatively than a chunk of episodic science fiction.
On this manner, “Disaster Level,” makes a second, barely extra delicate level: Trek motion pictures is perhaps extra over-the-top and simplistic than Trek episodes, however the character tales in the most effective Trek motion pictures typically are usually extra memorable than even the most effective episode. For Mariner, that is very true in “Disaster Level,” as a result of, when she’s confronted along with her holographic self (who can also be her true self) we get a deeper layer of her psyche, which simply builds upon the great character work from Episode 7. Mainly, this episode covers the identical philosophical floor: Why is Mariner a slacker? Does she hate Starfleet? Does she hate her mother? The solutions to all of those questions are no, and, it’s difficult. However the important distinction between this episode and Episode 7, is that within the former, she was having a standard dialog about this with a buddy, and in Episode 9, she’s arguing with a holographic duplicate of herself who she is making an attempt to kill. Of the 2 parallel conversations, we’ll in all probability keep in mind this yet one more, and that’s as a result of the hyperbolic conceit of Mariner versus Mariner has as extra of a cinematic affect.