Earlier this season on Star Trek: Lower Decks, while Mariner was having her biggest fears turned against her, we learned that she was dating fellow ensign Jennifer Sh’reyan. In “Hear All, Trust Nothing,” the couple take another step in their relationship. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang go onboard a fan favorite space station to help negotiations with the Karemma of the Gamma Quadrant.
Recently, we’ve seen Mariner taken out of her comfort zone and it has really done well for her development. She shows a side of her that isn’t reckless and spontaneous. Whether it’s Ransom, or in this case Jennifer, she has more self-control than you would expect.
The eggshells she walks on and the lengths she goes to not alienate her partner’s friends demonstrates how invested she is with Jen and their romance. Mariner puts up with a lot because it’s totally not her scene but she is a good sport. It’s kind of cute in a way as well. In a nice but predictable twist, all Jennifer wanted was for her girlfriend to be herself giving the Lower Decks lead an opportunity to live up to her reputation. From our first time seeing them in this manner, they make a good couple and have potential for interesting storylines in the future.
Star Trek fans probably are more excited to revisit Deep Space Nine. From the very beginning, the reenactment of the show’s opening sequence complete with the accompanying soundtrack and horns will draw you in and build the nostalgia. In addition, Armin Shimerman and Nana Visitor reprise their roles of Quark and Kira Nerys respectively.
Lower Decks also gives us a glimpse at the reconstruction following the Dominion War with tensions still high. The negotiations are the first steps towards healing. At least the space station seems to be thriving, Quark himself has become a successful entrepreneur with franchises across the galaxy. It was nice to see these old faces and go around the station that it makes me wish for more, especially for a more serious drama. Obviously, this was for comedic hijinks. Maybe it’s setting the stage for something later since the architects of the current Star Trek Universe mentioned during San Diego Comic-Con they would be mining Deep Space Nine for new content.
One of the more intriguing aspects of the episode is Tendi’s struggle with identity. When she comes across another Orion, she is reminded of the fact that she’s forged her own path and doesn’t want to live the stereotypical life of her people. Maybe in doing so, she is losing part of her culture, but she is embracing everything that she experiences through Starfleet. She’s not too out of touch though, and can draw upon what her family taught her. She’s pretty bad ass and could give Mariner competition for most hardcore ensign if she wasn’t too busy pursuing science and medicine.
“Hear All, Trust Nothing” has a good mix of nostalgia with the Deep Space Nine narrative along with showing different sides to Mariner and Tendi.
New episodes of Star Trek: Lower Decks are released Thursdays on Paramount+.
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