Star Trek: Lower Decks 4×07 “A Few Badgeys More” finally gives us the answer to what’s been teased since the finale of season one. Who beamed up Rutherford’s implant at the end of season one? Just why is the Not-Slave-1 attacking all those ships? It’s all this and more in Star Trek: Lower Decks 4×07 “A Few Badgeys More.” Here are a few of my thoughts on the episode.
A Few Badgeys Too Many
I’ve got to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Badgey or most sentient AI. It hits a little too close to home right now with all this AI nonsense in art. But, it’s always fun to have Jack MacBrayer return to my screen, even if it’s as three different Badgeys! I love that they just rolled with the pun of “Bad”-gey and now we have Goodgey and Logic-y. Someone more versed in philosophy and psychology than me could also comment on the implications of having three sides to oneself, but I’ll save that for them. But the absurdity of having all of that in an AI program made me laugh quite a bit. And now Badgey has ascended? That’s not terrifying at all. Here’s hoping he does not choose violence at any point!
The Return of AGIMUS and Peanut Hamper!
It’s a sentient tech triple threat this week on Star Trek: Lower Decks 4×07 “A Few Badgeys More.” With Peanut Hamper and AGIMUS, the trifecta of annoying sentient Lower Decks tech is complete! Let me be clear, just because I find them annoying doesn’t mean I don’t like when Peanut Hamper and AGIMUS show up. Because they can get under my skin so easily, I think that means that they are well-crafted and performed characters. This moment of true repentance from Peanut Hamper and AGIMUS is great. “We can still be friends without subjugating people!” is one of the most unassuming hilarious lines I’ve heard in the show. I now want to have an episode of Peanut Hamper and AGIMUS just being besties. Could we get one of those? Please and thank you.
The best lines in Star Trek: Lower Decks 4×07 “A Few Badgeys More” all go to Rutherford. Things like, “I didn’t have a plan! I was just going to die,” “Sorry Captain, but I can’t let Badgey boop my friends to death,” and “Tendi loves it when I keep at it!” all made me laugh and warm my heart. Lines like this tell me just who Rutherford is at his core. This man is willing to lay down his life if it would spare his friends. He also takes anything Tendi says to heart. After last week’s episode, “Parth Ferengi’s Heart Place,” maybe it’s just a sign that Rutherford is starting to process his feelings for Tendi even more. I’m going to be watching for clues with that.
Star Trek: Lower Decks 4×07 “A Few Badgeys More” still doesn’t clear up the question of just who is flying the Not-Slave-1. On first watch of this episode, I thought it was Badgey, but then upon rewatch, I realized it was just some simple misdirection. But we do have a clue that the ships aren’t being destroyed; they’re simply being taken. But to where? I suppose we’ll have to watch to find out.
What do you think of Star Trek: Lower Decks 4×07 “A Few Badgeys More”? Leave me a comment and let’s talk Trek.