Mariner Knows Wesley Crusher? Star Trek’s Starfleet Academy Connection Explained

SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT Summary Lieutenant Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome) from Star Trek: Lower Decks has a connection to Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) from Star Trek: The Next Generation, thanks to their mutual friends.

Star Trek: Lower Decks season 4, episode 9 “The Inner Fight”, confirms that Mariner knows Nick Locarno after Captain Carol Freeman (Dawnn Lewis) intentionally leaves Mariner out of the Cerritos’ assignment to locate Locarno, since Beckett and Nick’s shared history is a trigger for Mariner’s bad behavior.

Beckett Mariner and Wesley Crusher have more in common besides their friends, so could have been friends at the Academy. Wesley’s parents are Doctor Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) and the late Lt. Commander Jack R. Crusher (Jack Wert), and Beckett’s parents are Captain Carol Freeman and Admiral Alonzo Freeman (Phil LaMarr). As Starfleet royalty, Beckett and Wesley grew up in the shadow of their parents’ service, hyper-aware of the legacies they’re expected to live up to.

Wesley Crusher Isn’t Mentioned But Could Appear In Star Trek: Lower Decks Wil Wheaton has reprised Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: Picard season 2. Wesley Crusher isn’t mentioned on Star Trek: Lower Decks, but his choice of life path means he could show up. Wesley’s last appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation is season 7, episode 20, “Journey’s End”, where he accepts his calling to go with the Traveler (Eric Menyuk) instead of entering Starfleet.

After all, Wesley Crusher represents everything that Star Trek: Lower Decks unashamedly celebrates, and he remains a deeply important character to so many more. Long before Lower Decks, even before the TNG episode “Lower Decks” featuring Mariner and Wesley’s mutual friend Sito Jaxa, Wesley represents a point of view below the senior staff’s, making him the original “lower decker” of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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