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 »


Geordi asks Taurik to fire a 4-second phaser burst at a shuttle, when he actually fires it is just a split-second shot. See more »


Sito Jaxa: Sir... is there really such a thing as a gik'tal challenge?
Lieutenant Worf: No, there is not. But perhaps next time you are judged unfairly, it will not take so many bruises for you to protest.
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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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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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