Beneath Deck With Decrease Decks: Go Climb a Rock!

Beneath Deck With Decrease Decks: Go Climb a Rock!

The most recent episode of Star Trek: Decrease Decks sees Captain Freeman providing her crew some well-deserved downtime whereas the Cerritos makes a long-haul transit on its approach towards a routine planetary survey. With twelve hours to kill and no urgent duties, relaxation and recreation is the order of the day!

Whereas every of the opposite Decrease Deckers succeeds to find methods to spend time with a “bridge buddy,” a member of the ship’s bridge crew, Ensign Boimler units his sights on cozying as much as one in every of these senior officers. He’s trying to forge some kind of bond and make impression that shall be remembered when the time comes for the command workers to suggest ensigns for promotion.

Now bear in mind: That is Boimler, which implies issues begin off like a complete prepare wreck earlier than they get higher.

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After a few false begins with Lieutenants Kayshon and Shaxs, Boimler makes an attempt to hitch Dr. T’Ana and Ensign Tendi on the holodeck. There, the pair is immersed in a simulation of climbing El Capitan, the imposing mountain at Yosemite Nationwide Park on Earth that may be a favourite problem for rock climbers. As a substitute of constructing his personal climb, Boimler opts for a pair of anti-gravity boots to make his ascent.

If this sounds in any respect acquainted to you, that’s since you’ve seen or at the very least heard a few comparable scene from Star Trek V: The Ultimate Frontier. Within the movie, it’s Captain Spock rocking the rocket boots whereas Captain Kirk is climbing the mountain the old style approach. You understand, “As a result of it’s there,” and all that.

In one other nod to Star Trek V, Boimler can be carrying a white sweatshirt emblazoned with the caption, “Go Climb A Rock.” Climbing fanatics doubtless know the slogan predates Star Trek’s utilization, because it’s a trademark of the Nationwide Park Service and has lengthy emblazoned shirts promoting the Yosemite Mountaineering College and Information Service.

That stated, it’s fully doable the phrase is cursed in relation to Star Trek characters.

In Star Trek V, whereas trying to climb El Capitan with out ropes or different security tools, Captain Kirk slips and falls from the mountain, plunging towards what would’ve been sure demise if not for Mr. Spock and his arguably very distracting rocket boots. A century later, and within the most interesting Boimler-esque custom, the ensign’s personal anti-grav boots give out, leaving him to plummet from the mountain solely to be saved by the holodeck’s security options (and a reasonably huge tree). Whereas we see Boimler carrying his “Go Climb A Rock” shirt throughout his mishap, we really don’t know for positive whether or not Kirk was carrying his on the time. What do you suppose? Sure or no on the shirt? I’m betting on, “Sure,” as a result of I’ve by no means began a wacky “unexplained” concept a few mysterious curse earlier than and I actually really feel like I’m overdue for one thing like this.

In the meantime, security tip for all of the climbers on the market: Be one with the rock…but additionally simply be actually cautious when climbing it.

Dayton Ward (he/him) is a New York Occasions bestselling writer or co-author of quite a few novels and brief tales together with a complete bunch of stuff set within the Star Trek universe, and infrequently collaborating with buddy and co-writer Kevin Dilmore. As he’s nonetheless a giant ol’ geek at coronary heart, Dayton is understood to wax nostalgic about all method of Star Trek subjects over on his personal weblog, The Fog of Ward.

Star Trek: Decrease Decks streams solely in the US on Paramount+ and in Canada, on Amazon Prime Video in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Japan, India and extra and in Canada, airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.

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