Star Trek: Lower Decks Remixes an Iconic Line From the Franchise
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 Star Trek: Lower Decks' latest episode, "Much Ado About Boimler," Rutherford starts tinkering with the U.S.S. Cerritos' transporter pad in order to make the teleportation process a fraction of a second faster. Little does he know however that by the end of the episode, his modifications will save the lives of Ensign Mariner, as well as the entire crew of the U.S.S. Rubidoux.
When Rutherford first starts working on the transporter pad, he asks Ensign Boimler for a bit of help, and because of this, the animated series remixes one of Star Trek's most iconic lines.Click the button below to start this article in quick view. Start now
When Boimler first finds Rutherford working on the transporter pads, the cybernetic-enhanced Ensign says he initially asked Mariner for help, but she refused due to safety concerns. But Boimler doesn't hold back -- with a command crew temporarily replacing Captain Freeman, Lieutenant Shaxs and Commander Jack Ransom, the Ensign is eager to prove himself to other superior officers.
Boimler hops onto the pad, and it's here that he uses his name to coin a new term, by telling Rutherford: "Boim me up!"
The Ensign plays on the classic "Beam me up!" line that has become synonymous with Star Trek. The line was made famous by Star Trek: The Original Series, and it's become a well-known expression in pop culture since. Here, Boimler uses Lower Decks' meta approach to nod to the line's iconic status, awhile remixing it with his own name.
At first, it seems like this is just a one-off joke. But that doesn't appear to be the case. In fact, the expression might actually catch on.
Later in the episode, Mariner, who is now operating as acting Captain Anita Ramsey's First Officer, accompanies Ramsey and the rest of her crew aboard the U.S.S. Rubidoux. The crew of the ship has mysteriously gone missing, and they venture to find them. Eventually, they discover that the crew is hiding from a space-vessel life form, aka a space jellyfish. As the alien consumes the ship, Mariner contacts Rutherford to get them out of there with his new transporter modifications.
He refuses at first because of the side effects, but she quickly counters by telling him to "Boim us out of here!" Rutherford obeys, saving the lives of everyone onboard the Rubidoux.
"Boim me up" may have started out as a joke, but it just might become a common expression in the halls of the U.S.S. Cerritos.
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.About The Author