Star Trek: Lower Decks I, Excretus Brings The Borg (Kind Of)
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With I, Excretus The Borg Isn’t The Biggest Threat On Star Trek: Lower Decks

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BY October 4, 2021

The latest episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks is called “I, Excretus,” which is a direct reference to Locutus of the Borg. The classic episode of The Next Generation was a big part of Star Trek: Picard season 1. But just because Jean-Luc is still traumatized by it, that doesn’t mean that the rest of us can’t have some laughs at the expense of the Borg.

The other thing “I, Excretus” does is show how the crew on Star Trek: Lower Decks is becoming a live-action series-class team. Yet, this is still the Trek comedy show, so the threats they have to face are not exactly life-threatening. In fact, the main and most pressing conflict is over the Starfleet careers of all the parties involved. On the heels of Boimler finally saving Mariner, the affable bumbler and badass saves the entire USS Cerritos crew.

Spoilers to follow.

‘I, Excretus’ Is Boimler’s Borg Name on Star Trek: Lower Decks

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It’s training day on the USS Cerritos, and there is a fun new alien running the drills. The crew files into holodeck-style pods and has to overcome deadly scenarios. If they score too low, the crew risks being reassigned, demoted, or even the whole ship ended up decommissioned. One thing that Star Trek: Lower Decks does that the live-action series haven’t is showing people in Starfleet who are just hateable jagoffs. The alien, who can split her body into three discrete parts, is rigging the game against the Cerritos crew in order to justify her job. Thus, the crew has to convince the alien to un-rig the tests.

While everyone else on the ship failed their tests, Boimler aced his over and over again. In fact, he kept redoing the test to get a 100% score. Now, the game may have been rigged incorrectly. But, if not, that means that Boimler was able to single-handedly survive the Borg over and over again. He only ended up being assimilated when his fellow crew encouraged him to stall for time. Thus, I, Excretus of Borg was born on Star Trek: Lower Decks.

This episode continues to show the crew growing and gaining new insights into each other. This is risky on a cartoon comedy, because it changes dynamics. Boimler is no longer a bumbling-knucklehead, but rather a clearly capable officer of Starfleet. The show will have to balance that against the bottomless put of comedy is that is incompetence. Still, it’s another excellent episode of Lower Decks in an incredible season is so far.

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Star Trek: Lower Decks debuts new episodes on Thursdays on Paramount+.

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What do you think of Lower Decks this year? Share your thoughts about this episode or the season so far in the comments below

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

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