This week saw the launch of the series Star Trek: Downstairs. To date, we have provided TrekMovie with a treatment summary and evaluation as well as analysis of all the easter eggs and references. The episode “Second Contact” is also the subject of both our podcasts with groups from All Access Star Trek and Shuttle Pod discussing it.
But there’s even more to it than that, especially with the preview of part one Downstairs aired at the end of the episode (and posted yesterday on the official website). There’s a lot going on with “This Season On Star Trek: Downstairs”, With quick cuts and events showing up out of order. We framed and organized the surroundings into several categories to reveal secrets. Sure… SPOILERS.
Edosians, and Jellies, and Borg, Oh My!
There are some familiar looking aliens appearing in the commercial. One appears to be Edosian in silhouette, and we can also see one of his three legs. Not much is known about this race, so if they live as long as the Vulcan, it̵7;s possible this Edosian could be the Arex, from Star Trek: The Animated Series. The two shots of this scene also show Boimler out of phase – and for some reason, with a dog.
There is also a brief shot of the Jellyfish-like spaceship life-form possibly the species the USS Enterprise-D encountered during the launch of the TNG series “Encounter at Farpoint.”
There is a brief section on some Borges, seen in Rutherford’s cybernetics.
General Klingon with eye patch
We also get our first good look at a Klingon. Boimler announced that he was sending General K’Rin (guess writing) to a planet called Talgana IV (guess again). This Klingon has a fastened eyepatch just like General Chang’s Star Trek VI. During the premiere of the series, Mariner mentioned how she stole some contraband off her shores from a Klingon with a pinned eye patch, so this could be Klingon herself.
Big trouble in Little Qo’noS
There are a few shots from a distant mission with Boimler (in uniform) and Mariner, some of which we saw in the previous trailer, showing them visiting a land of “Little Qo’noS” on one planet. Most likely this was related to taking General Klingon to Talgana IV. It seems the mission will get worse at some point, when their space shuttle leaves without them, dropping a box with the Klingon emblem along the way.
We can see a pair of Boimler (still in uniform) and Mariner running down the street, probably chasing the shuttle. In addition, the locals on this planet don’t wear a lot of clothes.
There was an encounter in an alien market where Klingon weapons were sold, and Boimler was given a hug that looked like Klingon by an angry alien.
… And more than that running
Are Rutherford and Tendi sprinting through an unfamiliar market, wearing poncho to mingle?
Horn of truth
There are several photos of four people downstairs of us taking place in an alien courtroom, similar to one of the Star Trek VI.
However, this court is not with the Klingons, but a new race of aliens. Though they also seem to prefer a nice screw-on top.
The actors were told that they “could only tell the truth” through a special horn, which Rutherford used to let the aliens know that he was “Happy here!”
Danger on crystal planet
The relatively few clips in the commercial appear to be a standard second communication mission led by Commander Ransom on a planet with large crystals.
But things didn’t seem to go as planned as the aliens shouted “Scum Starfleet!” and began to throw spears, injuring a Bolian crew. They may not like their gift.
Mariner also shows off some of his fighting skills here.
The attack of growth
We saw an infection spread through the ship’s tractor beams.
This development transformed parts of the ship and had explosive properties for Tendi and another crew member.
Parts of the ship were also flooded and Tendi had to swim.
Walking in space is easy
We saw a walk in space in the first episode “Second Contact” and the preview for season one showed that much more will happen. Rutherford explained to Tendi how easy it was to walk in space, just “floats and magnets, floats and magnets,” which didn’t really calm her nerves. Note all debris floating outside the window.
We also saw their pair float and suck magnets through the debris field, including a large medical box with signs similar to those seen in the wardrobe where Boimler was doing “the diary of Captain “in” Second Contact “.
We also see a few shots of Mariner walking in his own space among a number of different spacecraft. This could be another set since we don’t see the same debris field.
Fight with bugs
There are a few shots on the bridge in red alert as the crew is confronted with a terrifying bug-like alien.
One can see both Captain Freeman and Commander Ransom holding a star chart with Federal / Roman borders and Neutral Zone.
In the midst of this crisis, we find that Boimler and Mariner are maneuvers on the bridge, and Boimler does not impress anyone by gently suggesting “maneuver 88”.
Captain Freeman: Sulu fans, moon destroyer
We also got another shot on the bridge at another time. Here, we see Shaxs frustrated for not being allowed to fire on another ship’s vertical core, calling instead Captain Freeman, “Sulu-alpha evasion pattern.”
The captain is also seen next to a screen showing “Destroy the Moon” and talks about how “doing the impossible is what we do.”
Aggressively Signing life
As the host, there were even moments with Mariner, including one when she walked out of Freeman’s ready-made room and threw Vulcan-style, gangsta-style greetings.
We see Mariner having some more trouble, including being brought to the top of a turbine shaft she was working on and being lowered into a giant eel barrel.
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New episode of Star Trek: Downstairs launches every Thursday on CBS All Access in the US and on the CTV sci-fi Channel in Canada, where it is also available for streaming on Crave. It has yet to be announced where and when Downstairs will be available outside the US and Canada.
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