Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

If anybody hit play on “Within the Cradle of Vexilon” anticipating a reference to “The Internal Mild” in a B-story as foolish as this — newly-minted junior grade lieutenants Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome), D’Vana Tendi (Noël Wells), and Samanthan Rutherford (Eugene Cordero) are satisfied that their menial duties are literally a type of hazing, main them to prank their commanding officer Dirk – then I kindly request the numbers for subsequent month’s Powerball lottery. The sheer unpredictability of this part of the episode makes the whole build-up to this joke work in addition to it does. We’re so centered on Rutherford’s unintentional journey by way of that terrible recreation Chula featured in “Deep House 9,” in reality, that we fully neglect about the whole trove of artifacts and Easter eggs sitting in Dirk’s room as soon as Rutherford makes it again to actuality — and inadvertently triggers a probe that, whereas completely different in look from the precise one featured in “The Internal Mild,” nonetheless appears to have the very same impact.

This time, the Picard stand-in comes within the type of a Betazoid reward field — a non-sentient object with a little bit of a foul mouth (blame that on Dr. T’Ana!) that nonetheless will get a face filled with probe power, courtesy of a self-preserving Rutherford. Whereas solely mere seconds move for us, the reward field clearly goes by way of a complete lifetime that shakes it to its core. “Was that a complete simulated life??” the field cries out as soon as it returns to actuality. “I miss my spouse,” he mutters to himself as we’re left to think about simply how in depth and profound an existence a Betazoid reward field managed to eke out on some distant world.

10/10 and no notes! New episodes of “Decrease Decks” stream on Paramount+ each Thursday.

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