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The USS Cerritos is tasked with making "second contact" with the Galardonians. During a stopover at Douglas Station, new crew members board the ship. Among them is Ensign Tendi, an Orion science officer, who is impressed about her new assignment. Ensign Brad Boimler, a timid but ambitious young officer, is officially assigned to show her round, but they are joined by Ensign Mariner, who is notorious for her problems with authority. On the Galardonian homeworld, Commander Ransom is bitten by an insect but does not deem that important. As the cybernetically enhanced Ensign Rutherford has a date with crewmate Ensign Barnes in the ship's lounge, Ransom begins to attack and bite other crew members, infecting them with what will be identified as the "rage virus".

Rutherford and Barnes stay calm and escape unscathed. In the meantime, Mariner supplies a Galardonian farm with what looks like weapons to Boimler, who was ordered by Captain Carol Freeman to report Mariner's breaches of conduct. But it turns out to be just farming equipment. A giant spider escapes from the stable and attacks the two, but the animal turns out herbivore and just sucks moisture out of Boimler's body, engulfing him in slime. When the two beam up to the ship, Doctor T'Ana finds that the slime cures the rage virus, and distributes an antidote through the ship's environmental systems. Boimler reports that Mariner did not breach regulations. It turns out that Mariner is actually Captain Freeman's daughter but no one on the ship is aware of that.

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  1. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 3:57 pm: How is Mariner not in the brig for her outrageous behavior? Repeated periods of confinement have little to no effect on her behaviour, as her father points out during the terse vid-link conversation between her parents.
  2. They sleep in a hallway??? There may not be sufficient space on board for dedicated crew quarters.
  3. Why don't those spacesuits have some kind of propulsion device with them? This probably makes them easier to store and safer to use.
  4. Why the heck is Mariner still in Starfleet? She seems like the type to resign her commission and join up with freelancers, selling her services to the highest bidder. Starfleet does not have a monopoly on starships. M Crane (Mcrane) on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 5:13 am: Nepotism? Her mother is the captain and her dad's an Admiral. Besides, Ro Laren lead a team that got people killed when she disobeyed orders, and she still got to be in Starfleet, and even got posted to the flagship. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 1:58 pm: More likely her dad given the conversation at the end of the first episode. I get the feeling her mom is more than willing to get rid of her. But my question was more from Mariner's POV. She hates all the rules and regulations of Starfleet so why stay? I think she would be happier going freelance. Francois Lacombe (Franc0is) on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 2:08 pm: Maybe she just likes to drive her mom crazy. SeniramUK (talk) 11:21, August 29, 2020 (UTC) Or she prefers the relative safety of serving on a STARFLEET ship!.

Lower Decks - Season 1
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