We go into Bold Boimler mode to break down the latest from Star Trek: Lower Decks with our deep dive into the "Top 5 Lower Decks Season 3 Moments." From the developments with Rutherford to Mariner's transformation into Starfleet material, it was another fantastic season of humor, nostalgia and more Star Trek action than you could fit into an old brown pot excavated from the Bitrus Expanse. Host Jim Moorhouse and panel guests Thad Hait and Sue Kisenwether run through their favorites from production to creatives to characters to episodes in this fun retrospective.
• 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.
o 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 138 of TrekRanks and relay some of the great feedback we received from our listeners on the Top 5 Scenes in Engineering.
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 3 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.