Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 15

Lower Decks (5 Feb. 1994)

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A mission of the Enterprise as seen through some junior officers who are up for promotions, as questions of duty and honor arise among some of them, such as a Bajoran whom Worf has designated to be promoted to operations.



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Episode cast overview:
Sam Lavelle
Shannon Fill ...
Alexander Enberg ...
Don Reilly ...


Sam Lavelle, who is up for promotion after tests he takes with fellow ensigns, fears Riker has it in for him. Sito Jaxa is told by Picard she shouldn't even have been admitted to the course after her cowardly conduct as Starfleet Academy cadet. Worf takes care of the close combat training. While the trainee officers wrestle with their hopes and honor, the Enterprise has to shift focus to a real operation. This involves a covert mission with a Cardassian, for which a cadet is selected after some doubts have been lifted by hidden psychological tests. Written by KGF Vissers

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The staff were delighted with the results of this episode. They thought: "How does the Enterprise look to those little junior officers who don't get to go into the observation lounge and who don't know what's going on? It was just a really fresh, original idea, and it turned out to be one of the best episodes of the season." See more »


In the junior officer's poker game, the bartender from ten forward, Ben bluffs Ensign Lavelle with a king, jack, ten, and an eight showing. Lavelle has two sevens and two sixes. Regardless of what Ben's fifth card is, Lavelle beats him with two pair. (Ben cannot get a straight flush as both a queen and a nine are missing.) See more »


[Riker and Troi are discussing crew evaluations]
Commander William T. Riker: Why don't we just give everybody a promotion and call it a night - 'Commander'?
Counselor Deanna Troi: Fine with me, 'Captain'.
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References Upstairs, Downstairs (1971) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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13 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As it is with so many television series, we have a cast of a few characters that dominate. I remember watching MASH and thinking how, with all the medical staff they had, did everything happen to Hawkeye and his small contingent; why did they always have the commander's ear. Here the producers allow us into the fraternity behind the scenes. The young officers on the way up. One in particular, a young woman who was part of the careless activity that got Wesley almost drummed out of the academy, sees all her work nearly stifled by her past. This is her story of ascendancy and her story of risk. After Picard tells her she has no future, she comes to a conclusion to ditch the past and take the gifts she has accumulated and move forward. She goes on a mission of tremendous risk to become what she hopes to become. A sensitive episode.

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