One of the best things about the U.S.S. Cerritos is the crew serving on the Lower Decks. Despite all the guff they continuously receive, Star Trek: Lower Decks proves it's not just the Bridge crew that gets all the action.
In honor of Jack Quaid's birthday, we're giving Ensign Bradward Boimler, Beckett Mariner's Number One, the limelight he deserves by highlighting our favorite Boimz moments from the most recent third season, from Bold Boimler and beyond.
Speaking to StarTrek.com in 2021 about his character's growth over the seasons, Jack Quaid shared, "Oh, man, I just love seeing him gain so much confidence. It's been so cool to watch a character I voice go through such a dramatic shift."
The Family Vineyard
"No, we Boimlers dry grapes. Just dry 'em,
and dry 'em, and dry 'em
until they're all shriveled, and hopeless,
and stuck on Earth forever!" — Boimler, "Grounded"
Following the Season 2 cliffhanger, as Captain Freeman awaited court-martial and the Cerritos was grounded, Boimler had to head back home to his family's raisin vineyard. Thankfully, Mariner paid him in a visit!
"You were excellent prey, but I do have notes."
"Can you maybe give them to me in Sickbay?"
"When you decide to switch up and become the hunter,
you can't just announce it and stand there. Stick and move, you know?"
"Uh-huh, yeah, I'll keep that in mind."
— K'ranch and Boimler, "The Least Dangerous Game"
Following a game of Bat'leths & BiHnuchs with the crew, Boimz decides he needs to embrace a "bold Boimler" persona to advance his career, which includes saying 'yes' to a springball tournament, joining Shaxs' Bajoran dirge choir, being a figure painting model, and allowing himself to be hunted by the visiting K'ranch.
Starfleet Needs His Help
"Also, a sidecar? Even in your fantasy, you're not driving?"
"Driving's scary. I'm a natural passenger."
— Mariner and Boimler, "Minding the Mind's Mines"
In case one was ever curious to know what would fall onto Bradward Boimler's list of innermost desires, worry not, what you were guessing isn't too far off. After coming into contact with some strange space orbs on Jengus IV, an admiral suddenly appears stating that Starfleet requests "that Boimler magic" in dealing with a Borg attack. Not today space orbs, try harder to get into his head!
Delta Shift is Going Down
"I'm not Boimler, I'm Antigrav Boy,
Protector of the Lower Decks!"
— Boimler, "Room for Growth"
It's our favorite Lower Decks crew vs. the Delta shift in the room lottery — four coveted quarters on Deck One! After some shenanigans across the Cerritos, including a hallucinogenic trip due to some Tamarin defrin root, a very intimate holo-program belonging to a pair of senior officers, and a minor appearance of Bold Boimler, they make it to the lottery's terminal. Upon learning it's not four quarters on Deck One, but one quarter on Deck Four, the crew decides they're better together on the Lower Decks.
That's His Rank Pip!
"Without Starfleet, none of you would exist!!!
We don't want to protect you from Klingons or the Borg.
We just want to explore and study [bleep]ing quasars!
But you know what? It's the right thing to do!
— Boimler, "Reflections"
Deep Space 9
"Quark's bucks. I'll take it!
We don't even use money in Starfleet anyway."
— Boimler, "Hear All, Trust Nothing"
The Cerritos crew gets to visit a significant place — the Deep Space 9 spacestation. When at Quark's, you do what all good patrons do. Partake in a couple games at the dabo table, of course! And when you're embracing Bold Boimler, luck is always on your side. Incurring the ire of the Ferengi pit boss, Boimler is willing to trade his winning latinum for some Quark Bucks. After all, who needs money in Starfleet?
Send Your Thanks to Captain Bucephalus Dagger
"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."
— Boimler, "Crisis Point 2: Paradoxus"
Crisis Point II is twice as good as the original. It's going everything: action, adventure, romance! Boimler wrote, produced, and directed such an incredible sequel to Crisis Point that even Mariner has to relent a little. However, just as he shows the holoprogram to his friends, he receives the unfortunate news that his double William Boimler died in his sleep on the Titan. As such, he spends the entire holo-movie trying to find the meaning in the randomness of death. Thankfully, he has Mariner and hallucination Sulu to help him navigate these complex feelings.
"This is the biggest crew night of the year,
not including pon farrs." — Boimler, "Trusted Sources"
Nothing gets between a crew and their blueberry pie; well, nothing should anyway. A canceled pie eating contest, tell that to the reporter! We can always count on Boimler to focus on the important things on the starship.
"You gave me everything I ever asked for. You're in the bear pack now!"
"Are you my Bridge buddy?"
"Absolutely, Baby Bear!"
— Shaxs and Boimler, "The Stars at Night"
What's the quickest way to making a Bridge buddy? You get everyone to shut up and listen to the ship's security chief. Then, you get them to fulfill of his dreams of ejecting the warp core. As a result, Boimler joins Rutherford in being part of Lt. Shaxs' bear pack for life... or for their tenure on the Cerritos!
Don't miss Boimler in action in the first three seasons of Star Trek: Lower Decks, available now!
Christine Dinh (she/her) is the managing editor for StarTrek.com. She’s traded the Multiverse for helming this Federation Starship.
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