Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020) s03e08 Episode Script

Crisis Point 2: Paradoxus

Evasive maneuvers!
Fire at will!
We're being boarded!
Then let's throw them
a welcoming party.
The device, hand it over!
I'll destroy this
before I let y aah!
Commanders, the asset
has been obtained.
Destroy this joke of a Federation ship.
Leave no survivors.
All decks!
I hoped I would never have
to give this order, but
- All hands to es
- Captain, incoming ship.
It's the Wayfarer.
- No!
- Ugh!
Thank the Prophets.
Send those thanks
to Captain Bucephalus Dagger.
Commander Doodle, I think it's time
we introduce this warbird
to the biggest kid on the block.
You heard the Cap.
Target those disruptors.
Dagger? Get us out of here.
No! I want his head!
Don't be greedy, sister.
We've already won.
They just don't know it yet.
Captain, they're retreating.
Should I set a course to pursue?
Let 'em run.
Protecting the Cerritos is
our top priority.
You're late, Dagger.
What you do, stop for raktajino?
What were the Melponar
triplets after this time?
The Chronogami.
A top-secret Starfleet prototype
which can penetrate temporal barriers.
"Chrono" because it involves
taking time,
and folding it on itself
like the Japanese artform
Yeah, origami, right,
yeah, we-we get it.
I thought the Chronogami
was theoretical.
Well, consider the theory proved.
And now the Romulans have it.
And I bet my pips
- they're going
- Computer, freeze program.
Ensign Boimler,
please report
to Commander Ransom's office.
- On my way.
- I thought you were off duty.
I am.
Ransom just
probably wants me to spot him.
He just learned Tellarite deadlifts.
Whoa, baby!
That opening was awesome, Boims.
Yeah, but time travel?
Listen, "Captain Dagger."
Don't tell me we're gonna have
to go back and assassinate
Kennedy because that is not happening.
Okay, don't worry.
Crisis Point II is twice
as good as the original.
Crisis Point?No! You can't
just piggyback off my movie.
Technically, it was my program first.
So, I can do what I want.
Uh, Computer, arch.
That doesn't contractually
obligate you to make a bad sequel.
Is this a sequel?
I mean, Vindicta got blown up.
You don't follow the villain.
We're back with
the Cerritos bridge crew.
Trust me, you're gonna love it.
It's got everything:
action, adventure, romance.
I'll skip ahead to
the opening credits, uh, okay.
Freeman just explained
that the Chronogami can be used
to destroy any point in history.
What, does it make an alternate
cinematic timeline that runs
concurrent to our own,
but with, like, different people
playing younger versions of us?
Uh, scientifically that
would be a bit of a reach.
Whatever. If you're
expanding the Vindictaverse,
I'm just saying it better not suck.
Let me know if you want some
hot sauce while you're eating
those words in the third act.
I'll be right back.
Wait, what's my character's name again?
Looks like you're Chief Engineer
- Sylvo Toussant.
- Ooh, Cajun?
Mon cheri, I guarantee
I can do that
Nah, I'm just gonna play it straight.
I play Lieutenant Commander
Meena Vesper,
Whose love of science and exploration
is tempered by her troubled childhood.
This is such fan fiction.
All right, I've got an evaluation
with Ransom at 1900.
Boims better not draw this out.
Ah, the auteur has returned.
What did, uh, what did Ransom want?
Uh, just reassigning duty shifts.
Oh, the credits are ending.
Let's get back in character.
Rutherford, shh!
The Chronogami Project was
headed up by
Yeah, yeah, yeah,
Dr. Helena Gibson.
Oh, you have got some nerve
never calling me back
after that weekend on Risa.
Oh, ho, ho, ho, spicy!
Oh, so this gorgeous scientist
is the estranged love interest?
Yeah, sure.
I'm here for your research,
not your heart.
Look, the Romulans have the Chromogami.
Oh, of-of course.
Whoa, these graphics are mind-blowing!
We've learned there
are space-time worldlines
that prevent the beginning of existence
from merging with the end.
The Chronogami's gravitons
essentially fold worldlines,
allowing a user to travel to the past,
or the future.
The Romulans could attack
any place and any time,
allowing them to wipe the
Federation from ever existing.
So many lives,
just blinked out of existence.
- We could run a long-range scan
- And to think, you go to bed,
probably still thinking about some task
you have to do the next day,
then, poof
You're gone.
Geez, somebody took a
Winger Bingston acting class.
You can track the Chronogami with this.
It has limited
Chronogamic functionality.
Ah, yes, a watch that drives the plot.
Very convenient and not at all dumb.
It detects the chronitons.
It'll lead you right to them.
Looks like they're heading
for Tatasciore IX.
A favorite of black-market
weapons dealers.
They're probably trying
to buy Wallerian Dutronium
to power the Chronogasmic matrix!
Yeah, Doc, you really want to avoid
that many made-up words in a row.
All right, uh, this where we set
a course for Tatasciore IX,
so, let's do that.
Wait, Bucephalus.
Could we talk
Ooh, here comes the romance
in three, two
No thanks, I-I-I-I got to go.
"No thanks"?
Wait, you can't cut out
the romantic subplot.
A good movie's got to have
- some romance.
- Dagger's love life
doesn't matter anymore.
Wait, then why'd you design her
so, hot?
I don't know what to do now.
Uh, yeah. Me, either, lady.
Okay, bye.
Do you feel lost in your way?
Let Minooki guide you.
We have to find the Romulans
or the universe could cease to exist.
We're all holograms in a simulation.
The koala smiles on us all.
Ki-ty-ha has the true answers,
for life's most important questions.
Okay, feels like
we're just moments away
from a big set piece, aren't we?
What are we talking, a heist?
Yo, Earth to Dagger,
I asked if there's gonna be,
like, a cool chase or something.
I need answers.
Then you seek Ki-ty-ha.
Legend says he resides
on the forbidden moon.
What are you doing?
The holodeck just populated
that guy into the background for color.
I sense Purplehead knows much.
If one such as he
is drawn to this place,
- so shall he who is I.
- What in the
alien of the week bull?
Okay, boys, come on.
We have a movie to do, man.
We don't have time
to chat up the extras.
It's an adaptive program.
The-the holodeck's creating meaning
- for these guys
- I've got a lock!
Gravcycles, mount up.
Oh, hell yeah!
Now we're talking.
Dude, come on, we got to grav!
Come on, we're missing the sequence!
No, we need to find Kit-ty-ha.
Dagger to Vesper, take command
of the Chronogami mission.
You are acting captain now.
Ah! Oh, my gosh, thank you!
We just spent like an hour
getting the backstory
of your MacGuffin and now
we're not going after it?
The path to Ki-ty-ha is perilous,
but the reward is
all the truths of the universe.
This could be the key to it all.
We got to do this.
This? What is "this"?
These random extras?
- I am Knicknac.
- Case in point.
Now what the hell does
finding some weirdo
have to do with your story?
We-We're gonna go find
the meaning of life.
Th-This is better than what I wrote.
This is important.
What? No.
This was supposed to be a thrill ride.
Ah, that chase sequence
wasn't gonna be fun anyway.
This is so fun!
Remind me to never lend you
my gravcycle.
They're activating the Chronogami!
Oh, damn it!
They've crossed
the origamic threshfold.
And if we follow, we may never be able
to get back to our own time.
We have to.
For Starfleet!
For Starfleet!
Where are we?
We're smack dab in the middle
of the goddamn algae crisis.
This is the science center
where Ambassador Koro
was able to communicate
with the algaeic slime mind.
Every kid learns about this in school.
We have to find the Romulans.
If they kill Koro,
the algae will wipe out
every living creature on the
Did you leave and get food?
Oh, yeah, during the whole
time travel light show.
That stuff always gets me seasick.
I stepped out to grab a bite.
- You want some?
- No! I
I feel like you're
not taking this seriously.
Uh, yeah, because I'm not.
Hey, who's that big squid?
That's Ambassador Koro!
Never mind.
All right. Keep down,
stay quiet, and spread out.
- We are looking for
- Mmm!
You got to have chips.
Okay, can we please get back
to the real movie?
Tendi and Ruthie could be, like,
I dunno, in Ancient Egypt
riding crocodiles without us.
Illustor, how do we get to Ki-ty-ha?
to that I have a fascinating answer.
And the answer is
This answer,
that's about to be, coming now.
He's stalling,
the holodeck's just building this dude
a backstory on the fly.
We are way off book here.
Oh, I can show you my back story.
- Thou art a map.
- No, absolutely not.
No, this is stupid, and too literal.
Quickly, read my saggy skin.
Ew! No, this guy can't be
part of the Vindictaverse.
Oh, shut up!
I went along with your stupid movie,
which, by the way,
didn't even have a real ending.
How dare you! It was epic.
You should be thanking me
for turning your mess
into a classy story
that means something.
It is steeped in significance,
wise one.
- Thank you, Knacknac.
- Knicknac.
I'm gonna follow
this old man's skin map,
and I'm gonna find some answers.
There are others
who will join this quest,
if you lead us, wise Purplehead.
Great idea, let's gather the flock.
No! This goes against everything
the Vindictaverse stood for.
I was being nice
agreeing to come in here.
And now you're ruining my franchise,
and making me late for my evals.
Crisis Point was just
a sad little tantrum,
so, you could murder the crew.
This is an important examination
of the human condition.
Yeah, i.e., bad movie.
I officially disown Crisis Point.
Computer, arch.
You know what,
I'm glad you don't like it,
because you have awful taste.
Purplehead speaks the truth.
Oh, you hated mine so much,
you had to make a sequel, huh?
Have fun with Knapsack.
- Knicknac.
- I will!
Awful taste, awful taste.
This guy thinks he's gonna find
spiritual truth in the
holodeck, and I'm the idiot?
You've really turned a corner, Ensign.
Nothing here but praise
from the department heads.
Nice work, Mariner.
- Thanks, Commander.
- Hey, uh,
how's Boimler doing, by the way?
Annoying. Why?
Oh, uh, I figured he would've told you.
his transporter clone on the Titan?
Died this morning.
- Wha Died? What?
- Freak gas leak.
Neurocine flooded his quarters.
He was asleep.
Hell of a way to go.
I gave Mr. Boimler
the news earlier today.
He's on bereavement leave.
He didn't say anything?
No. No, i-it didn't come up.
I'm sure you want to be there for him.
When I've got a case of the blues,
I lean on my besties pretty hard.
I don't know what I'd do
without Honus the bartender,
Nurse Westlake and Matt the whale.
Friends for life.
Oh, no.
Ugh, that time fold was a big one.
Earth's 20th century. Late.
I thought the triplets were trying
to destroy the Federation.
- It doesn't even exist yet.
- Look!
An ancestor of Ambassador Koro
is inside that aquarium.
They're going to take out
his whole family line.
Oy! Drop the shiny gizmo, mate.
- Stepped in the wrong place!
- It's our turf, mate.
Look, we don't want any
Oy! Let's get out of here.
I think we have to kidnap that octopus,
and take it to a safe house.
- Then we
- Give me that jacket.
- What are you doing?
- I'm robbing these street punks
so, we can all dress up
in these old-timey outfits.
Yeah, we don't have time for that.
But that's, like, the fun part
of the whole time travel thing.
No! Stop messing around.
I'm at least getting the pants.
Will you please hurry up?
They don't fit.
We need to find bigger punks.
Space freighter?
Uh, hello?
Boimler uh, Captain Dagger?
Capture the nonbeliever.
Don't touch me! Your characters
don't even have names.
You know nothing of our ways.
Acolyte 2,
throw her into the brig.
I'm friends with
the lead character, you idiots.
What are you doing in here?
The tattoo map was a total bust.
I couldn't find Ki-ty-ha.
Then my followers got pissed
and mutinied.
I can't make a good movie.
I can hardly make a bad one.
It fell apart right after you left.
Yeah, so,
Ransom told me about William.
I'm so sorry.
You must feel terrible.
Why didn't you say something?
Ah, I haven't really processed it.
I mean, he was an exact copy of me.
Had his own quarters on a cooler ship,
he died for no reason.
I guess I was trying to make all
of this matter because then
I would matter.
But trying to make
this dumb movie important,
just proved that I'm not.
It's just a holodeck program.
I know, I was stupid.
Let's just get out of here.
Computer, arch.
Cancel arch.
- Mariner
- I found deeper meaning
in Rise of Vindicta,
and it was totally unscripted.
If I did it, you can, too.
But it's a bad story.
Yeah, it's an uneven slog
that totally ignores
the successes of the original.
But, it's also a Starfleet movie,
which means it's worth doing.
Yeah, it is a Starfleet movie.
We are Starfleet.
yeah, we're Starfleet.
Okay, uh
Okay, first we have to
figure a way out of this brig.
I never stopped believing
in you, Purplehead.
I love you.
I'm in love with you.
I'm in love with you too, buddy.
Let's go.
Okay, hey, there's your romance.
With the power of Ki-ty-ha,
all of creation will be in my control.
Oh, shut up.
You're just a fleshy map.
Throw these nonbelievers
out the holy airlock.
You have no power here!
We're all searching
for greater meaning,
and it's not you.
Here it comes, the big heroic speech,
where you turn him
around, from being
Or, yeah, we can do the Kirk thing.
That's cool, too.
Damn, okay, third act Knicknac reveal.
Come here!
- Feel better?
- Uh, yeah, a little.
Look at this.
If I pull these two folds
of skin together
The map to Ki-ty-ha.
Careful! That bomb has
a hair trigger.
Wait, how does this play
into the octopus stuff?
I think the Romulans gave up on that.
Now they're just trying
to blow up the founders,
before they found the Federation.
I hope you know what
you're doing, Toussant.
Chu-chu, chu-chu-choo♪
Rutherford, will you stop around?!
If that thing explodes,
then there's no Federation.
Sorry, I've got that Chu Chu
song stuck in my head.
It's such an earworm.
Chu-chu, chu-choo♪
I almost got it♪
Got it, chu-chu♪
No, no, no, no, no.
Stay with me, Dr. T.
You're gonna be okay.
Don't bull a buller.
Smells like fried Romulan
in here, huh, guys?
Whoof, someone crack a window.
Damn it, Rutherford!
Why aren't you taking this seriously?
'Cause we're having fun.
What's the big deal?
This isn't fun for me.
Would you laugh this much if I was
really the captain in real life?
Sorry, if you were what?
Nobody would believe in me
as a captain.
You don't even care about
this story at all.
- You want to be a captain?
- Yes!
Oh, wow, I've never said that
out loud before.
Yes, I do.
Tendi, you'd be a great captain.
You don't need a movie to prove that.
- Really?
- Are you kidding?
I'd want you as my captain anytime.
Oh, I can't even tell you
what that means to me.
Captain Vesper, your crew is ready.
What are your orders?
It's time to take a page
from the Melponar's book.
Evasive maneuvers!
Fire at will.
We're being boarded.
Let's throw them a welcoming party.
Just take it. Don't hurt me.
Ha. Federation coward.
the asset has been attained.
Destroy this joke of a Federation ship.
Joke's on you.
Identify yourself.
Who is this?
This is acting Captain Meena Vesper.
You're too late.
With the Chronogami, we will destroy
everything you hold dear.
That would be true
if you had the Chronogami,
and not your own bomb.
Tendi, you did it!
Ha-ha! Way to go, Captain.
I am Ki-ty-ha.
You have journeyed far.
What truth do you seek?
A man named William Boimler died.
It was meaningless.
What is life for?
The purpose of life
Is a life of purpose.
But what about what I was asking?
Love without trust,
is a river without water.
Yeah, these are just
inspirational quotes.
I-I Wanted the meaning of life.
Life is like a cup of tea.
It's all in how you steep
- the water.
- Are you kidding me?
You're supposed to be the Almighty.
Oh, there's always a catch
with these "god" stories.
The holodeck just made
a cheesy quote generator.
But, we came all this way.
I want answers.
Laughter and
a good night's sleep will
Shut up.
Not every holodeck movie
is gonna work as therapy.
Why don't we head over
to Migleemo's office
and he'll tell us some recipes.
The real answers must be in
- There!
- Ow.
- Ow! Stop, that hurts.
- Oh, Boimler, come on.
Don't You don't want to
crawl in there, man.
That thing's putting off a lot of heat.
Kitty Hawk?
Kitty Hawk?!
That reveal doesn't
make any sense. Ugh!
My movie is trash.
It doesn't have a deeper meaning,
and neither does life.
I should have stayed a raisin farmer.
I could have married Lianne.
Where am
I? Mariner?
Steady, Atlas.
Uh, uh, Captain Kirk?
Oh, my, no.
It's Captain Sulu.
Oh, my gosh, Captain Sulu.
Even better.
Uh, sorry about that.
The-the mailbox said
I took this place off Kirk's hands.
He had to go and time travel,
or who knows what.
The man could never relax.
What-what is this place?
Pretty nice spread, right?
There's even a hot tub in the back.
Is this heaven?
The afterlife?
The Nexus?
It's Idaho.
Would you like to feed the horsey?
Uh, sure.
I I didn't program any of this.
I was in the holodeck trying to find
meaning in the randomness of death,
but I just, made a fool of myself.
Brad, I've lost many friends.
Some heroically,
some tragically.
The randomness of death
is merely a reflection
of the unexpected joys we find in life.
So, if I spend my life worrying
about a meaningless death,
I'll never find joy?
I literally just said that.
Thanks, Captain Sulu.
I think I can live with that.
Happy to help a fellow
Starfleet officer
looking for answers.
Oh, great.
So, can I ask you what it was like
working with Spock and Uhura?
Was it weird using the crystal
buttons on the Enterprise?
Ooh, did you practice daily
with the sword?
I'm, uh, kind of a sword guy
myself, so
The horsey's going to bite you now.
Sulu? How'd I get off
the ranch?
Yeah, you passed out,
screaming something
about the Wright Brothers.
Kid, you gotta take
water breaks in there.
Holodeck might be fake,
but dehydration is real.
So, I was dreaming?
More like clinically dead.
Sorry you didn't find out
the meaning of life today.
You know what, I think maybe
I shouldn't have been looking for it.
Sorry my movie was a letdown.
Are you kidding?
- It was amazing.
- Really?
I don't know what you guys got into,
but our story was sick.
Tendi rocked it.
Ours was great, too.
Dagger here fought off a mutiny,
and then beat the out of a god.
- What?
- I want to do that!
Would you get the hell out of here?!
Stevens leaned against the warp core.
I need this bed cleared now.
Oh, not twice in one day!
Ooh, that was so much fun.
That hovercycle chase was intense.
Yeah. I'm still thinking
about those graphics.
Ooh, did you guys run into the punks?
- Yeah. Oh, they were so punky.
- Oh, man.
- So good.
- You know what, Boims?
Maybe this was a good
sequel to Crisis Point.
Aw, thanks, Mariner.
I'm glad you didn't end it
on some dark cliffhanger.
- I like happy endings.
- Ugh.
Cliffhangers are the worst.
I hate when people do that.
It-it worked.
Welcome, William.
Starfleet now considers you a dead man.
Just how we like it.
Isn't Section 31 supposed to be,
like, a big secret?
I mean, why would we wear
special combadges
- that advertise who we are?
- You could still be dead.
No, no, no, you know
You know what, I like the badge.
I like the badge.
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