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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The return of Shannon Fill as Sito Jaxa who first appeared as one of Wesley Crusher's Squadron Teammates at the academy in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The First Duty (1992). 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 »


[in a poker round]
Counselor Deanna Troi: It seems to me that you and Lavelle are a lot alike.
Commander William T. Riker: What? We're not at all alike!
Doctor Beverly Crusher: You're bluffing.
[in another poker round]
Sam Lavelle: You think so?
Ben: Yes. And I'm not gonna let you get away with it.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Thine Own Self (1994) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Excellent...and episode with heart
5 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Several newer members of the crew are up for promotion and you see the ways these various personalities respond to the pressure of vying for the same promotion (by the way, the Vulcan was a bit of a suck up if you ask me). At the same time, a Cardassian defector arrives on the ship. How will these two plots intersect?

This episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is rather unique and I liked it. In many ways it's a bit more soap opera-like than some, as it is more about personalities than a big plot. One reviewer described it aptly as like "Upstairs/Downstairs". Exactly what happens to these eager young crew members is something you'll need to see for yourself--and the ending is a bit touching.

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