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:
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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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Taurik was originally named Sorik, but it was changed to reflect on the new practice of Vulcan male names starting with a T, like Tuvok. Had the show continued, the production staff would have considered making Taurik a recurring character. Alexander Enberg later played another Vulcan, Vorik in Star Trek: Voyager (1995). Whether or not they're twin brothers is never specified. See more »


When Ensign Sito sits in the Ops position after the battle simulation, a wooden wedge can be seen bracing the base of the seat. See more »


Ben: How about some blackjack?
Sam Lavelle: Uh, I've gotta get some sleep, so I can be sharp tomorrow.
Ben: Why? So you can get promoted, have more responsibility and have to get to sleep even earlier?
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The First Duty (1992) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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From the lower decks.
3 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:167 - "Lower Decks" (Stardate: 47566.7) - this is the 15th episode of the 7th and last season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

This episode focuses on the crewmembers of the "lower decks" of the Enterprise - those who aren't the upper ranks. Specifically, they focus on Nurse Ogawa (played again by Patti Yasutake and who finally gets a promotion to Lieutenant), Sam Lavelle, Sito Jaxa (again played by Shannon Fill from the 5th season episode "The First Duty"), and Taurik. And it turns out that Sam and Sito are up for the same job! An intriguing episode because we get to see how others on the Enterprise handle themselves - especially those struggling to get ahead with their careers and what is necessary to do so.

Trivia note: again, Riker and Troi work together on the crew evaluation reports (the last time they did so was 3 months ago). We also find out that the Ten Forward waiters are civilians not Starfleet. The 4 young crewmembers are seen playing poker, at the same time as the senior officers. And, Ambassador Spock is also mentioned.

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