Tom Paris Of Voyager Fame Comes To Star Trek: Lower Decks
If I am being honest, my favorite Star Trek show is Star Trek: Voyager. Sure, I love them all to varying degrees (even Enterprise), but Captain Janeway’s journey home from the Delta Quadrant holds a special place in my heart. So, I was as excited as Jack Quaid’s Ensign Boimler to find out that Tom Paris, as voiced by Robert Duncan McNeill, was a guest on this week’s episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks. It seems, after the Voyager returned home, Lt. Paris went around giving motivational talks to Starfleet crews. Still, while his cameo is more substantial than Q’s last year, it’s still just a cameo. The rest of this episode continues to play around with the format and keeping the core characters apart.
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Since returning from the Titan in the last episode, Boimler and his group of friends seem to be giving each other a wide berth. Meanwhile, Mariner and Tendi (Tawny Newsome and Noël Wells, respectively) go on the first mission with “just the girls,” and it goes as well as any Star Trek: Lower Decks mission does. Finally, we see that Fred Tatasciore’s Shaxs actually survived the events of the season 1 finale of Star Trek: Lower Decks. Ensign Cordero, voiced by Sam Rutherford, is shocked, especially since Shaxs died saving him.
This episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks has a lot going on in it, beyond just a Tom Paris cameo. It feels like a controlled chaos, however. The storytellers continue to try to keep the audience off-balance rather than jumping right back to the first-season episode formula. (And that’s not a critique, animated series usually have a same-y quality to their episodes because of the grueling nature of the medium.) And it’s making the show better than ever.
Star Trek: Lower Decks releases new episodes Thursdays on Paramount+.
What do you think? Do you enjoy seeing legacy character cameos like Tom Paris on Star Trek: Lower Decks? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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