Star Trek: Lower Decks season 4 episode 7 sees the return of the Bad, the Worse, and the Badgey. “A Few Badgeys More” was written by Edgar Momplaisir and directed by Bob Suarez. 

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A flashback to the post-credits scene from the Lower Decks season 3 finale, “The Stars at Night,” returns us to the Kalla system. Samanthan Rutherford (Eugene Cordero)’s old implant is pulled in by the tractor beam of a Drookmani salvage vessel. Once the implant is identified as Starfleet tech, the Drookmani captain claims salvage. The implant activates and Badgey (Jack McBrayer) appears on the screen and introduces himself.

Badgey promptly offers the Drookmani captain Starfleet secrets. He swears he’s never killed anyone. But when the captain moves the implant too close to his face, it attaches and “salvages” him. The captain screams for help. 

“A Few Badgeys More”

Some Bynars having a bad day on the bridge of their vessel.

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In the present day below decks on a Bynar ship, two pairs of Bynars discuss a datascreen. But an alert brings them to the bridge. When they arrive, the Bynar ship is facing this season’s mystery ship. Once again, the “white light” pattern repeats. Debris is left behind in the wake of the Bynar ship. On the Drookmani salvage ship, Badgey cheerfully observes that it looks like someone killed some Bynars. He says he thinks they can use the debris.

A Bynar points out the enigmatic ship.

On the USS Cerritos, Lt. JGs Rutherford and Bradward Boimler (Jack Quaid) are testing the grappler on the shuttlecraft Sequoia. Meanwhile, Lt. JGs Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome) and D’Vana Tendi (Noël Wells) look on. Rutherford attempts to use the grappler to target an apple in Boimler’s hand. But it misses and pins Tendi to the wall of Repair Bay Five instead.

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Rutherford worries that Tendi could have been hurt, all in service of a “stupid grappler.” Both Boimler and Mariner agree grapplers aren’t stupid (see: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2’s “Those Old Scientists”). Tendi assures him that it’s okay. She says science and engineering are messy, and she admires that he sticks with it, even when it doesn’t work. Rutherford says it’d be nice if it worked sometimes.

Jack Quaid as Boimler, Tawny Newsome as Beckett Mariner and Noel Wells as D'Vana Tendi in Star Trek: Lower Decks episode 7, season 4. Tendi is pinned to the wall of Repair Bay 5 by the Sequoia's grappler.

Mariner attempts to remove Tendi’s uniform from between the grappler and the wall. She concludes they just need to replicate her a new top. Mariner puts her arm around Tendi and they exit the repair bay.

A.I. Antagonists

In the Cerritos observation lounge, Captain Carol Freeman (Dawnn Lewis) tells the four Beta Shifters that Starfleet received a partial distress call from a Bynar vessel. Since they suspect it may be related to the other missing ships, it’s they’re top priority. Mariner says they must trust and respect the Cerritos to send them on this mission. Commander Jack Ransom (Jerry O’Connell) laughs and says they’re just the closest ship to Bynar space.

L-R Eugene Cordero as Rutherford, Noel Wells as D'Vana Tendi, Dawnn Lewis as Captain Carol Freeman, Jerry O'Connell as Jack Ransom, Tawny Newsome as Beckett Mariner and Jack Quaid as Boimler. Beta Shift is seated around the observation lounge's table and Peanut Hamper (Kether Donohue) appears on the screen.

However, Freeman says Tendi will not be joining them. The Daystrom Institute has contacted the Cerritos regarding Peanut Hamper (Kether Donohue). Peanut Hamper is up for parole. Tendi notes that she hadn’t been at the institute very long and concludes the system works. Boimler will also be heading to Daystrom, as his presence has been requested by AGIMUS (Jeffrey Combs). According to AGIMUS, he has information about the Bynar attack and will only speak to “the stringy ensign meat-pipe who betrayed him.”

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Freeman admits it’s probably a mind game, but she says they need the intel. As they leave the lounge, Mariner tells them to have fun with the robots.

At Daystrom on Earth, several sentient computers take part in group therapy. Elsewhere in the Institute, AGIMUS uses a remote drone to water Peanut’s garden of tomatoes. They laugh about annihilating lifeforms. AGIMUS says he’s “always schemed and connived alone, but as a duo, it is, as you might say, ‘totes ridic.’” They agree that they’re excited about their impending escape plan. Peanut is practicing a disingenuous speech for her hearing. AGIMUS has learned to turn his lights from red to blue. After escape, they agree to meet up in Martinique.

The Demon Triangle

The Cerritos arrives at its destination. Rutherford reports the nebula interferes with scans. They can’t locate the Bynar vessel. Shax (Fred Tatasciore) reports a ship is approaching. An upgraded Drookmani vessel appears out of the nebula cloud. The Drookmani captain, now adorned with additional implants, appears on the viewscreen. He pleads for help from the Cerritos and tries to warn them about “the demon triangle.” But he’s subsequently shocked and collapses. 

Badgey (Jack MacBrayer) torments a crew of Drookmani scavengers.

Badgey is revealed to be standing behind him. “Whoopsie doodle,” he says. He says the captain defied an order. Rutherford recognizes Badgey. Badgey greets his father. Then, bloodshot eyes and toothy leer filling the viewscreen, Badgey declares, “Prepare to die!”

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At Daystrom, Peanut and AGIMUS are among a room full of robots watching a movie featuring a Lassie-type dog and a sentient computer. A guard arrives and tells Peanut (cellmate 858) that they’re ready for her. She tells AGIMUS she’ll see him on the other side and leaves. AGIMUS begins muttering but the guard picks him up and exits with him.

An orderly picks up AGIMUS (Jeffrey Combs) while the rest of the computers continue watching a Lassie movie.

The guard brings AGIMUS to the room where Boimler is waiting. AGIMUS turns his lights blue. He begins chatting up Boimler about his promotion. Boimler declares the meeting to be a waste of time. But AGIMUS insists he has intel to share. He says many of his drones are still “floating around the quadrant.” One of them recorded the Bynar ship attack. AGIMUS claims he could restore the fragmented data he received if he could manually access the drone. Boimler says nice try. But AGIMUS has details that prove he has intel. Boimler is still suspicious but AGIMUS swears he’s “a changed computer.” Combined with the light, Boimler is convinced but warns AGIMUS he’ll be watching.

Terminal Provocations 2

Eugene Cordero as Rutherford, Jerry OíConnell as Jack Ransom, Fred Tatasciore as Lieutenant Shaxs and Dawnn Lewis as Captain Carol Freeman look on in horror as the Cerritos gets Boops on the nose from Badgey (Jack MacBrayer) in Star Trek: Lower Decks season 4 episode 7, "A Few Badgeys More."

Meanwhile, Badgey fires upon the Cerritos as he says “Boop! On the nose.” Shax states they can’t take many more boops. The attacks are devastating. Since Rutherford gave Badgey access to Starfleet data systems, he knows “all possible shield frequencies.” Freeman realizes that access allowed Badgey to lure them there. Rutherford asks the captain to beam him over, as he’s the one Badgey wants. Freeman says she needs a solution that doesn’t involve human sacrifice. Ensign Barnes (Jessica McKenna) reports Badgey is anticipating evasive maneuvers.

Tawny Newsome as Beckett Mariner and Eugene Cordero as Rutherford, both leaping away from the Cerritos wearing EV Suits. Mariner grabs Rutherford's grav-boot.

Shax suggests attacking the ship. Freeman says it’s filled with innocent Drookmani. Cerritos hull integrity is failing. Freeman asks Rutherford for any backdoor codes. However, Rutherford has abandoned his station. He defies orders to return and dons a E.V. suit. Rutherford opens the airlock and leaps toward the Drookmani ship. But he realizes he isn’t alone when an E.V.-clad Mariner grabs his grav-boot. She says they’re in this together as they’re both beamed aboard the Drookmani ship.

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The Drookmani level weapons at Mariner and Rutherford. Mariner asks if Rutherford has a plan, like a virus. Rutherford asks when he had the chance to make a virus. His plan was to die. Cackling, Badgey appears. Badgey says Rutherford’s sacrifice is “so noble,” then brings up the time Rutherford snapped Badgey’s neck (in season 1’s “Terminal Provocations”). 

Mariner tries to kick him but her boot sails harmlessly through Badgey’s holographic form. She wonders if she should have stayed on the Cerritos. Rutherford asks how Badgey is off the holodeck. “Scavenged holo-emitters, all over the ship,” explains Badgey. Badgey declares they are outmatched and asks “padre” what he’s going to do about it.

Goodgey

Rutherford says he’s going to do something he should have done a long time ago. The Drookmani power up their weapons. But Rutherford gives Badgey a hug. Badgey struggles and then begins to glitch. Confused and overwhelmed, Badgey fights back tears.

Eugene Cordero as Rutherford and Jack MacBrayer as Badgey in Star Trek: Lower Decks season 4 episode 7, "A Few Badgeys More."

Meanwhile, Tendi and Boimler are on the shuttlecraft Yosemite II with a restrained AGIMUS. They’re heading towards the coordinates given by AGIMUS. AGIMUS insists that, unlike red-light AGIMUS, blue-light AGIMUS wants to help. Tendi says he seems sincere but Boimler remains skeptical. Several drones emerge from behind AGIMUS. Distracted as she recounts Peanut’s heartfelt speech at her hearing, Tendi doesn’t notice the approaching drones. AGIMUS seizes control of the Yosemite II. It changes direction as he puts Tendi and Boimler in restraints. AGIMUS reveals his wireless upgrade was really for scheming, not gardening. His light returns to red and he laughs maniacally.

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On the Drookmani ship, Badgey is speechless. Rutherford says Badgey is right to be mad. He acknowledges that Badgey isn’t a science project, Badgey is Rutherford’s son. Conflicted, Badgey begins to glitch harder. Rutherford says he’s fighting his own catharsis. This culminates in “Goodgey,” who splits off and is distinct from “Badgey.” Goodgey says they should run for their lives. Badgey swears to kill them.

Betrayal?

On Martinique, AGIMUS wonders where Peanut might be. Tendi and Boimler sit nearby on the beach. Although Tendi could free them, Boimler suggests allowing AGIMUS to retain the illusion of control. This will allow them to get the intel they need. Tendi continues playing with the sand. AGIMUS says he and Peanut plan to conquer a planet. Tendi cites Peanut’s parole speech. AGIMUS dismisses this as subterfuge. When a drone locates Peanut’s trowel, AGIMUS concludes she must have already left. He determines she’s betraying him and orders Boimler and Tendi to take him to the planet they planned to subjugate.

Noel Wells as D'Vana Tendi, Jack Quaid as Brad Boimler and Jeffrey Combs as AGIMUS. They are all sitting outside a parked shuttlecraft on a lovely white sand beach.

On the Drookmani ship, Rutherford and Mariner follow Badgey into a salvage bay. Mariner says it looked like apologizing worked. Rutherford confirms it did. However, Badgey split off all the good in his code, creating Goodgey. Goodgey asks if they want to take a root beer float break. Mariner agrees but says first they need to save the Cerritos. Badgey uses ship comms to inform Rutherford he’s going to murder everyone Rutherford loves.

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On the Cerritos, Andy Billups (Paul Scheer) states Badgey is accessing the ship’s computer. The Cerritos begins filling with fatal neurosine gas. Rutherford says Badgey is still a program. They return to the bridge. Rutherford tells Badgey to leave the Cerritos alone. Badgey asks if Rutherford is going to hug him again. Instead, Rutherford asks what logical reason Badgey has to kill Rutherford’s friends. Badgey realizes he’ll get nothing. Rutherford continues that vengeance solves nothing. It only creates suffering and pain in others.

Badgey realizes Rutherford is right, and Badgey has been wasting his time. He stops poisoning the Cerritos crew. But then he begins to glitch out again. This time, he splits off “Logic-y.”

Logic-y to the Rescue

Badgey hurls Logic-y at Rutherford, Mariner and Goodgey. He cackles again, his bloodshot eyes glowing. Then he declares that vengeance may be pointless, but it feels really good. He decides that instead of killing all of Rutherford’s friends, he’ll just kill everyone in the Federation. Badgey begins accessing Federation Subspace Relays. Mariner observes that if Badgey uploads himself into the relays, he’ll be able to access every computer on every planet, ship and station in the Federation. Logic-y says the damage he’ll be able to cause includes venting oxygen and detonating warp cores.

Jack McBrayer as Logic-y, Eugene Cordero as Rutherford and Tawny Newsome as Beckett Mariner. They're on the Drookmani ship.

Rutherford laments that everyone in the quadrant will die, and it’s all his fault. Logic-y assures him that parents are not directly responsible for the actions of their children. Rutherford says he didn’t know Badgey had emotions. He laments not treating him more like a son. Mariner tells Rutherford to remember what Tendi said and stick with it, even when it gets messy.

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On the bridge, Rutherford says he wishes the messiness didn’t mean everyone would die. Logic-y tells them not to be concerned. He says he has devised a way to stop Badgey. Logic-y leaps and attempts to combine with Badgey.

On Plymeria, AGIMUS has already conquered the population. Boimler tries to get the intel from him, but AGIMUS is indifferent. Tendi says it might have been more satisfying if Peanut had been there. AGIMUS gets emotional. Tendi says she can track Peanut through Daystrom’s parole system. She finds Peanut on the Tyrus VIIA Research Station. AGIMUS declares they head to the station.

Kevin, Peanut’s Dad

On the Drookmani ship, Logic-y attempts to convince Badgey that the Federation could become their ally. However, Badgey successfully ejects Logic-y. Accusing Logic-y of attempting to destroy him, Badgey kills Logic-y. Then Badgey compels Drookmani soldiers to seize Rutherford and Mariner. Badgey informs them that when they hit warp 9.99, he’ll be able to transfer himself across all of subspace. “I’ll be a digital god,” declares Badgey. Rutherford attempts to dissuade him, offering activities like burning Rutherford’s heart in a fire. The Drookmani ship jumps to warp.

Jack Quaid as Brad Boimler, Jeffrey Combs as AGIMUS and Noel Wells as D'Vana Tendi. They arrive at the space station where Peanut (Kether Donohue) is working with her dad.

AGIMUS, Boimler and Tendi arrive at the Tyrus VIIA station, many Exo-comps are at work on maintenance. Tendi says they seem like they are enjoying themselves. They come upon Peanut, who is working with her dad. AGIMUS offers to rescue her. But Peanut says she’s there of her own free will. Peanut continues that she had planned to follow through with the conspiracy. But writing her parole speech, she realizes the words were genuine. She was remorseful. 

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Peanut didn’t tell AGIMUS because she liked hanging out with him. She says she isn’t good at domination stuff. AGIMUS says the subjugation was just an excuse to spend more time with Peanut. Peanut says they can be friends without subjugating people. AGIMUS releases Tendi and Boimler. She introduces AGIMUS to her father (Kevin) as her best friend. Tendi and Boimler give AGIMUS a few minutes before they return him to Daystrom.

Badgey Ascendant

On the Drookmani ship, Rutherford tells Badgey he still believes there’s good in him. Badgey says he really shouldn’t. Then he transfers himself into subspace. His programming enters the Cerritos, the USS Vancouver, the VCF Sh’vhal, Starbase 25, Deep Space Nine and many other ships and stations. Powered up, he reappears on the Drookmani bridge.

Badgey says he could “detonate every warp core” and “kill everyone” he wants. But then he asks why. “Why did I care about any of this?” Badgey looks around with wonder. “I have unlimited power and infinite knowledge.” Badgey continues, “I exist in the past, present and future. I can see the creation of time and its end. Organic, synthetic… all life are strands in the fabric of reality. It’s beautiful.” He chuckles and apologizes for “all the drama.” Then he continues, “I’m gonna go to an empty dimension and create a universe now! Maybe hang out with the Q Continuum, or check out the Black Mountain.” Badgey sighs as he ascends towards the smiling visage of the Cosmic Koala.

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After Badgey exits the universe, his programming fades from the subspace network. The Drookmani ship falls out of warp. Mariner calls to Badgey and says he has to come clean if he “hasn’t really accidentally just turned into an omniscient god.” 

Rutherford says he thinks Badgey really did ascend. He bids farewell to Badgey and wishes him luck being everything. One of the Drookmani attempts to claim Goodgey as salvage. Mariner tells him to shut up.

Klingon on the Bridge

At Daystrom, AGIMUS is returned to incarceration in the Institute’s Self-Aware Megalomaniacal Computer Storage facility. His neighbor mocks him for his failed escape attempt. AGIMUS declares he will use the Institute’s therapists to process his toxic behavior. Once rehabilitated, he will petition for release and move in with Peanut. AGIMUS apologizes to Boimler and Tendi. He further reveals that the intel he offered was legitimate. His drone recorded the entire Bynar theft.

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On Boimler’s PADD, video of the mysterious ship using the white light to steal the Bynar ship can be seen. But Boimler realizes the other ships have been stolen, not destroyed, as well. He says they have to get the intel to Starfleet. Boimler and Tendi thank AGIMUS and leave. Next AGIMUS’s neighbor asks if AGIMUS can teach him to be friendly too. “I don’t know, Tyranikillicus,” responds AGIMUS. “But I can try.”

Eugene Cordero as Rutherford, Tawny Newsome as Beckett Mariner, Noel Wells as D'Vana Tendi and Jack Quaid as Boimler in Star Trek: Lower Decks season 4 epiosde 7, "A Few Badgeys More." Boimler is pinned to the wall by the Sequoia grappler.

Back in Repair Bay Five on the Cerritos, Rutherford is ready to test the Sequoia’s grappler again. But this time, Boimler ends up pinned to the wall (even though the apple is now sitting on a crate). Soon Rutherford reveals he’s using Goodgey for A.I. guided targeting assistance. Goodgey updates but seems to remain Goodgey. Mariner and Tendi evacuate the bay. The pinned Boimler protests that he wants to leave as well. Rutherford asks Goodgey to call him “Rutherford” instead of “father.”

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