Star Trek: Lower Decks S03E06: A Deep Space 9 Crossover That Matters

On a very special episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks, the U.S.S. Cerritos travel to Deep Space Nine, which sounds more like a theme park attraction and, naturally, a trip down memory lane of the beloved '90s syndicated series that starred Avery Brooks. "Hear All, Trust Nothing" provides an update of the leftover crew members of the space station in Nana Visitor's Col. Kira Nerys, who was Sisko's right-hand and Bajoran liaison during the series and Armin Shimerman's beloved Ferengi barkeep Quark. This is your minor spoilers warning.

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"Hear All, Trust Nothing" – Ep#306 –Fred Tatasciore as Lieutenant Shaxs, Dawnn Lewis as Captain Carol Freeman, Jerry O'Connell as Commander Ransom, and Nana Visitor as Colonel Kira Nerys of the Paramount+ series STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS. Photo: PARAMOUNT+ ©2022 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The arc the senior officers are tasked with is that Capt Freeman (Dawnn Lewis) is taking over negotiations with the Karemma, a mercantile species from the Gamma Quadrant, whose relations were affected following the Dominion War. We find out that Bajoran Lt. Shaxs (Fred Tatasciore) has a rivalry with the former major and current head of DS9, which is convenient given their naturally standoffish ways. As per what was on brand for DS9, there are multiple arcs with different characters befitting the robust station.

Mariner (Tawny Newsome) is trying to gain greater acceptance with another ensign in Jennifer Sh'reyan (Lauren Lapkus) by entertaining her social circle in a salon on the Cerritos, which goes about as well as you expect in a socially awkward situation. Rutherford (Eugene Cordero) fanboys over parts of the station. "Bold" Boimler (Jack Quaid) works up his gambling skills at Quark's, and Tendi (Noël Wells) tries to fend off stereotypes when fellow Orion and DS9 local Starfleet officer Mesk (Adam Pelly) annoys her by playing them up.

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"Hear All, Trust Nothing" – Ep#306 –Merrin Dungey as Ensign Wendy, Jerry O'Conell as Commander Ransom, Dawnn Lewis as Captain Carol Freeman, Fred Tatasciore as Lieutenant Shaxs and Nana Visitor as Colonel Kira Nerys of the Paramount+ series STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS. Photo: PARAMOUNT+ ©2022 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Directed by Fill Marc Sagadraca and written by Grace Parra Janney, "Hear All, Trust Nothing" does mesh the crossover concept nicely, feeling like a lighter episode of DS9 while not going darker or more serious on the Lower Decks side. Kira and Quark felt like their old selves, but if there was one thing both presences have that kind of made it a bit heartbreaking, it was that giant void left behind by Odo actor, the late Rene Auberjonois. The character's presence was such a huge part of what made Kira and Quark on that series, and I'm curious about what could have been if he returned despite his chosen fate on DS9. Otherwise, it's another memorable classic, which I hope Star Trek shows revisit again in the future.

Star Trek: Lower Decks S03E06: A Deep Space 9 Crossover That Matters
"Hear All, Trust Nothing" – Ep#306 –Noel Wells as Ensign Tendi and Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford and Adam Pally as Mesk in the Paramount+ series STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS. Photo: PARAMOUNT+ ©2022 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 3 Episode 6 "Hear All, Trust Nothing"

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Review by Tom Chang

8.5/10
From the nod to the Deep Space Nine intro to kick things off, Star Trek: Lower Decks S03E06 "Hear All, Trust Nothing" is a love letter to the series & its faithful fanbase. Nana Visitor and Armin Shimerman revisit their signature roles as if not a minute has passed since their original runs as their characters.
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Fill Marc Sagadraca

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About Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangoria. As a writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.
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