We get the vocal stylings of Richard Kind, we get the Cerritos being locked out of the cool kids’ party, we get a car chase, and we get a reaffirmation of two friendships. Oh, and a Kzin and some Nasat–TAS references galore! My take on the Star Trek: Lower Decks episode “An Embarrassment of Dooplers.”
On the one hand, there’s a level of elitism here that’s totally at odds with the Trek ethos, but I’m willing to forgive it on this occasion when I haven’t in the past for two reasons: 1) it’s funny (not always a given on this show that’s supposed to be a comedy), and 2) it provides some truly excellent character moments for Freeman, Mariner, and Boimler.
And in the end Freeman even gets her revenge by sending the Doopler to the party, who has a panic attack as soon as he’s told he shouldn’t be there, and he duplicates like crazy. Is that behavior unworthy of a Starfleet officer? Probably. But so’s beaming a bunch of tribbles into a Klingon engine room…