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Star Trek Lower Decks: Boimler Now Knows [SPOILER]’s Secret

With the season finale of Star Trek: Lower Decks almost here, the penultimate episode, "Crisis Point," took it upon itself to drop a major bombshell that's bound to have ramifications for the crew. As fans are aware, Captain Freeman is Ensign Mariner's mother and was sheltering her daughter from the consequences of her actions by having her serve on her ship.

If anyone else had Mariner under their command, she'd have washed out of Starfleet years ago. In addition, if anyone knew that Freeman was covering for Mariner, it would spell doom for both of their careers. Well, "Crisis Point" had Mariner experience a major therapeutic breakthrough, and she's finally begun to act like a proper officer and is looking to mend her relationship with her mother.

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However, the problem is, she wasn't the only one going through a crisis. Boimler, in an attempt to suck up to the Captain by learning her likes and dislikes, recreated the entire crew from their private logs. He then witnessed the hologram of Captain Freeman proudly proclaim that she was Mariner's mother in a eulogy for her holographic daughter, who sacrificed herself to save her virtual crew.

For Boimler, this is enough of a shock to bring himself near a nervous breakdown. He is very much the by-the-books, Wesley Crusher-type. His compulsive need to follow every rule of Starfleet as rigidly as possible means he knows he has to report Freeman and Mariner's infractions. However, he's spent all season bonding with Mariner, with the two of them going from begrudging co-workers to actual friends.

Even though he's a stickler for the rules, Boimler is still a good person at his core and he doesn't want to hurt his captain or his friend. So far, he's doing his best not to spill the beans, but his best is still pretty terrible. He screwed up his meeting with the Captain, being so stressed by holding onto his secret that all he was able to do was shout that Mariner's name. He tried to cover by telling Freeman that Mariner was hot, only to retract his statement and begin frantically apologizing for both remarks while scrambling out of the Captain's office in a panic.

Boimler's need to be the perfect Starfleet officer is screaming at him to report this. He's a terrible liar and will crack under the slightest amount of pressure from superior officers. Unfortunately, now that he knows this secret, it's only a short matter of time before the truth of Freeman and Mariner's relationship becomes known to everyone.

Streaming on CBS All Access, 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.

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