Counting down the days until Star Trek: Lower Decks returns on Paramount Plus? The third season premiere will arrive on August 25, 2022. But in the meanwhile, you can pass the time by completing this week’s duty shifts on the Lower Decks Advent Calendar – Part 3. Now keep it moving, Lower Decks!

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Tuesday

Watch Lower Decks Season 1, Episode 7, “Much Ado About Boimler.”

A monochromatic crystalline entity version of Ensign Bradward Boimler (Jack Quaid) is the center of this Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 3 poster. In the foreground, a small version of the Cerritos faces off against a seemingly antagonistic vessel.

Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 3 promotional poster.

In this episode, Ensign Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome) runs into a friend from her Starfleet Academy days, Amina Ramsey (Toks Olagundoye). The storyline offers a glimpse of another Cali Class ship. Meanwhile, Ensign Bradward Boimler (Jack Quaid) and The Dog (Jennifer Hale) are taken off the Cerritos by Division 14.

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Wednesday

Choose one from this selection of classic Star Trek episodes that introduce types of aliens (or other entities) who return to play roles in Lower Decks:

    1. Star Trek: The Original Series Season 2, Episode 19, “A Private Little War”: this episode introduces the Gumato.
    2. Star Trek: The Animated Series Season 1, Episode 14, “The Slaver Weapon”: the Kzinti are introduced to the Trek universe in this episode by Larry Niven, adapted from his short story “The Soft Weapon.”
    3. Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2, Episode 17, “Samaritan Snare”: the Enterprise-D encounters the Pakleds.
    4. Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 6, Episode 9, “Quality of Life”: meet the exocomps.

Thursday

Watch Lower Decks Season 2, Episode 6, “The Spy Humongous.”

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Captain Carol Freeman (Dawnn Lewis) has been accused of bombing Pakled Planet! Get a look at the location yourself in this second season episode.

Friday

Bones (unvoiced), Chekov (Walter Koenig), Kirk (William Shatner), Sulu (George Takei), and Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) on Futurama. They are standing on Omega III, in front of the Guardian of Forever from the TOS episode "City at the Edge of Forever."

Bones, Chekov, Kirk, Sulu, and Uhura on Futurama.

Watch Futurama Season 4, Episode 12 (on Hulu), “Where No Fan Has Gone Before.”

This episode of the heavily Trek-inspired animated series from Matt Groening and David X. Cohen guest stars most of the cast of TOS! Curious why James Doohan does not appear? An anecdote in the commentary track explains. But note that the episode is Season 4, Episode 11 on the DVD set, physical media devotees!

Saturday

Watch Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

Star Trek: Lower Decks Advent Calendar - Part 3! A monochromatic crystalline entity version of Spock (Leonard Nimoy) is the center of this Star Trek III: The Search for Spock poster. In the foreground, a small version of the refitted Enterprise faces off against an antagonistic Klingon Bird of Prey.

Lower Decks Advent Calendar Part 3: The poster for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

You may have noticed that there are some distinct similarities between the marketing for the third season of Lower Decks and the third Star Trek movie featuring the crew of the original Enterprise under James T. Kirk (William Shatner)! This continues a tradition that was begun with the marketing for seasons one and two of Lower Decks. Speculation over which poster for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home will inspire the fourth season marketing begins in just eleven weeks!

Sunday

Watch Star Trek: First Contact.

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In the trailer for Lower Decks Season 3, our favorite Lower Deckers wear clothes that reflect their “grounded” status on Earth. In one scene, both Ensigns D’Vana Tendi (Noël Wells) and Samathan Rutherford (Eugene Cordero) wear Zefram Cochrane-style hats.

Monday

Star Trek: Lower Decks Advent Calendar - Part 3: Agimus (Jeffery Combs) being carried by Commander Jack Ransom (Jerry O'Connell).

Agimus almost got Ransom to throw him near a computer. Photo: PARAMOUNT+ ©2021 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Watch Lower Decks Season 2, Episode 7, “Where Pleasant Fountains Lie.”

Time for some wet work! In this episode, Boimler and Mariner must bring Agimus (Jeffrey Combs) to the Daystrom Institute.

Plus, Captain Freeman tries alien street food. Now that’s boldly going!

Come back next Tuesday for the final week of Duty Shift assignments in the Star Trek: Lower Decks Advent Calendar – Part 4!

STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS Advent Calendar – Part 1

Avery Kaplan