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Star Trek Lower Decks season 2 26 October 2021

2021 science fiction comedy, 10 episodes. The Cerritos continues to do all of Starfleet's trivial and boring jobs (and they continue to be surprisingly dangerous).

Again, this works better watched as a batch than one week at a time; the right state of mind for enjoying it isn't quite one that I normally occupy, and it takes a few minutes each session to get into it.

Things are slightly better than in season 1; in particular there's less punching down, and more comedy of misunderstanding. The characters mostly stay true to themselves rather than doing what the comedy needs them to do. It's still nothing revolutionary, but it holds together; and the writers and continuity consultant are clearly having fun. On the one hand, naturally with the entire Star Trek toybox to play with there must be a temptation to re-use stuff that's already been in the series; on the other, they are at least still trying to be inventive, building new "Trek-style" incidents rather than just rerunning standard plots.

There's even something of an ongoing plot thread this time, though quite a minor one; and rather than being resolved in the final episode, it's used to construct a season-ending cliffhanger. There's also plenty of other setup for season 3.

It's definitely junk-food, but television is a good format for junk-food and it works pretty well.

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