Warning: SPOILER for Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 2, episode 9 – “weJ Duj (three ships)”.
The infamous Captain Kirk opening scene in Star Trek V: The Last Frontier is parodied by Star Trek: Lower Decks with Ensign D’Vana Tendi and Dr. T’Ana potentially finishing the only mission Kirk ever did. On Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 2, Episode 9, “weJ Duj (Three Ships)”, the Lower Deckers aboard the USS Cerritos are paired with a “bridge friend“To rest and have fun during a long-haul warp flight. Tendi and T’Ana decide to recreate Kirk’s vacation in Yosemite that went wrong in Star trek 5.
The one directed by William Shatner Star trek v ranks as the least loved of the movies starring the cast of Star Trek: The Original Series and scenes like Kirk in Yosemite National Park are part of the reason. After a prologue features Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill), Spock’s (Leonard Nimoy) half-brother, the action centers on Kirk climbing El Capitan in Yosemite. The Captain’s ascent is interrupted by Spock, who wears a pair of floating boots that allow him to fly. Kirk is so distracted by Spock that he loses his balance and ends up plummeting off the mountain. Of course, Spock saves his best friend. Kirk and Spock later join Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley) around the campfire later that night to sing “Row Row Row Your Boat” before being summoned back aboard the spaceship Enterprise.
On Star Trek: Lower Decks, Ensign Tendi (Noël Wells) and Dr. T’Ana (Gillian Vigman) climb El Capitan together in a holodeck simulation of Yosemite National Park and are interrupted by Ensign Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid), who wears floating boots as Spock and himself “Go climb a rock“hoodie Kirk wears aboard the bridge of the Enterprise in Star trek v. On Lower coversBoimler’s flying shoe fails and he plummets hundreds of feet, though tree branches save Bradward’s life. Meanwhile, it is implied that the Orion Ensign and Starfleet medic Caitian finished their ascent because they were not far from the top of El Capitan and were not particularly concerned about Boimer, as they assumed the security protocols of the holodeck were activated. If Tendi and T’Ana made it to the top of El Capitan, then they finished the climb that Kirk never did.
Star trek v He never made it clear if Kirk made it to the top of El Capitan. At the end of Star trek v, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy returned to Yosemite to resume their leave on land, but the film ends with the Enterprise trio singing “Row Row Row Your Boat” once again around the campfire. Kirk may not have climbed that giant boulder again, especially since Bones was furious that Kirk nearly died the first time he tried. Not that Kirk always follows his doctor’s advice, but the captain of the Enterprise could have been content to just enjoy camping in Mainland with his best friends instead of risking his life ascending to El Capitan once again.
Despite Star trek vless than stellar reputation among Trekkers, William Shatner The final frontier continues to have an indelible influence on Star Trek and there’s a reason why Lower covers he loves to refer to it. Star trek v It has its flaws, but at the center of the film is the reaffirmation of the friendship between Kirk, Spock, and Bones. Sybok tests the Enterprise trio’s bond, but they came out of their encounter with “God” as steadfast as ever.
Similary, Star Trek: Lower Decks is a testament to the friendship of Cerritos junior officers Ensign Beckett Mariner (Tawney Newsome), Boimler, Tendi, and Sam Rutherford (Eugene Cordero). The strange aspects of Star Trek V: The Last Frontier are natural forages for Star Trek: Lower Decks‘, which celebrates all that is strange but wonderful about being in Starfleet. Star Trek: Lower Decks He also reveres Kirk and Spock, and the Captain of the Enterprise could have fun having his climb The Captain is now being imitated by others in Starfleet, even if they manage to finish the climb that Kirk did not make.
Star Trek: Lower Decks airs Thursdays on Paramount +.