"It's the Cerritos!" And with that glorious exclamation a classic season of Star Trek came to an end, which means another season breakdown episode from TrekRanks - this week it is the "Top 5 Lower Decks Season 2 Moments." From Kayshon to the Kazon, this season of Trek had it all, right down to an amazing season finale ("First First Contact") and one of the greatest introspective episodes in Star Trek history. The season was that good and our panel of host Jim Moorhouse and guests Carlos Miranda and Rich Masters are more than up to the task. "Warp me!"
Level One Diagnostic Cycle: We break down the five distinct categories we use in our season recap shows. In order, this week's panelists reveal their picks in the following categories: Production Design, Performer, Dabo Round Wildcard, Character and Episode! While production design, character and episode are pretty clear categories, the Round 4 topic of Top Performer is focused on the actor or creative who connected with Trek both on and off the screen. And the Round 3 Wildcard Pick is basically the Dabo Round!
Prime Directive: Our crew breaks down exactly how they defined their lists.
The Order of Things: Everyone reveals their picks with the usual "Five words and a hashtag" summary, along with one episode that helps frame their choice.
Secondary Systems: Our guests each rattle off a few additional selections for the picks that just missed our lists!
Regeneration Cycle: Everyone recaps their picks and discuss some of the interesting statistical anomalies that arose from the discussion.
Temporal Distortion: We flashback to Episode 115 of TrekRanks and relay some of the great feedback we received from our listeners on the Top 5 High-Concept DS9 Episodes.
If you have your own picks you would like to relay to us, please hail us at 609-512-LLAP (5527) and record your own personal TrekRanks log to let us know your Top 5 Lower Decks Season 2 Moments. (Or you can record it yourself and just DM us @TrekRanks on Twitter.) Your comments could be used in a Temporal Distortion on an upcoming episode (and might get you a chance to be a guest on a future episode, too).
And don't forget to check out TrekRanks.com for our entire back catalog of episodes and a detailed rundown on every episode of Star Trek ever.