We get a satire of Clippy, that annoying Microsoft Office Assistant that looked like a talking paperclip from the turn of the millennium, which is the best part of the episode. Goodness knows it isn’t the A-plot, which is just annoying. My take on the latest episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks, “Terminal Provocation.”
Okay, regardless of what else the latest episode of Lower Decks did or didn’t accomplish, it did one thing for which it will always have a warm place in my heart: It gave us Badgie, a 24th-century version of Clippy. Everyone who used Microsoft products around the turn of the millennium has probably had a run-in with Clippy, the “office assistant” that was part of Windows 97 that looked like a talking paperclip. It’s also likely that, if you did encounter Clippy, you either wanted to beat it to a pulp or was convinced that it was really an evil creature sent to destroy us all.
Badgie confirms both those states of affairs. It’s possibly the best piece of social commentary Star Trek has ever done.
Okay, maybe not, but damn, it was hilarious.