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Star Trek: Lower Decks Introduces a New Starfleet Division

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 1, Episode 7, "Much Ado About Boimler," now streaming on CBS All Access.

In the latest episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks, "Much Ado About Boimler," Captain Freeman, Lieutenant Shaxs and Commander Jack Ransom head off of the U.S.S. Cerritos for a special mission. With the  trio away, a temporary command crew is brought onboard, led by Captain Amina Ramsey. Mariner doesn't care all that much that a temporary captain will be taking charge, but Boimler sees it as an opportunity to impress more people.

Before the replacement crew arrives, Boimler helps Rutherford test the modification he has made to the transporter pad and, as we could have assumed, everything goes wrong. But the real surprise comes when Boimler's situation leads to the introduction of a new branch of Starfleet: Division 14.

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Through his tinkering with the transporter pad, Rutherford hopes to make teleportation a little bit faster. Boimler volunteers to help in order to impress the soon-to-visit replacement command crew, and Rutherford's experiment works. There's only a small problem: Boimler remains stuck in phasing, glowing blue and half translucent. Since the medical doctors on the ship can't help him, Boimler is sent to Starfleet's Division 14.

This new division specializes in all the strange scientific accidents that have befallen Starfleet officers. It takes in all the cases that are too mysterious or perhaps too complicated for regular medical staff to solve.

The Division 14 ship, known as the Osler, soon arrives to take Boimler away to The Farm, a medical facility where he will be treated.

Once Boimler is on the ship, he meets dozens of other Starfleet officers who were victims of strange scientific accidents, each more frightening and unsettling than the last. One of those patients is an officer who is half old man, half child, and he insists that The Farm doesn't exist. However, after he nearly starts a mutiny on the Osler, the patients arrive at the treatment facility, which is located on a beautiful, warm and sunny planet.

The Farm is a facility that treats its patients with great care -- and it's so welcoming and relaxing an experience that it's even compared to a spa.

Unfortunately for Boimler, he doesn't get to stay long because his situation resolves itself on its own; the phasing effects wear off, and he has to travel back to the Cerritos. But now, we know that whenever a strange and terrible accident happens to a Starfleet officer, Division 14 is there to help them.

Star Trek: Lower Decks stars Tawny Newsome as Ensign Beckett Mariner, Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford, Jack Quaid as Ensign Brad Boimler, Noël Wells as Ensign Tendi, Dawnn Lewis as Captain Carol Freeman, Jerry O'Connell as Commander Jack Ransom, Gillian Vigman as Doctor T'Ana and Fred Tatasciore as Lieutenant Shaxs. The show premiered on CBS All Access on Aug. 6.

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