Star Trek: Lower Decks fell in the same vein as Picard and Discovery, despite its grand promises, it didn’t deliver across the board as Strange New Worlds had. This is the ultimate Trekkie show, as it thrives off of inside jokes and deep-cut references. Not exactly the type of show that brings in new fans.
This has made Lower Decks incredibly niche and while that doesn’t always translate to a universal appreciation for the masses, it does give the show a unique flavor that the most diehard of diehards appreciate.
In the latest season of Lower Decks, fans were not as excited about the resolution to several lingering storylines, as much as they were looking forward to seeing the Cerritos arrive at Deep Space Nine. Staying true to form, Lower Decks embraced their deep-cut offerings by building an entire episode around the return to the Deep Space Nine universe. We got to see Kira Nerys, Quark, the space station, and even Grandpa Sisko’s restaurant in New Orleans.
While the story for the episode wasn’t great, it was very sentimental. Getting to see some of our favorite characters again, even if they’re a bit older, is a treat, and seeing them still doing the same shenanigans on DS9 is even more amazing.