'Star Trek: Lower Decks' Episode 7 Preview: Rutherford puts Boimler out of sync with reality

A science experiment gone wrong turns Boimler incorporeal, while Tendi genetically modifies a dog into a cosmic horror

                            'Star Trek: Lower Decks' Episode 7 Preview: Rutherford puts Boimler out of sync with reality

Space may be the final frontier but that's not the only frontier that the Federation seeks to explore. Scientific progress is just as important as space exploration, but on the next episode of 'Star Trek: Lower Decks', we find out just why some things are better left alone. The most enthusiastic nerds on the USS Cerritos, D'vana Tendi (Noël Wells) and Sam Rutherford (Eugene Cordero) attempt a pair of scientific experiments and the results vary from inconvenient to wildly horrific.

In 'Much Ado About Boimler', Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid) offers to help Rutherford's attempt to make the transporter go faster. Rutherford probably should have waited before moving so quickly to human trials. However, a corporeal Boimler comes out the otherside as a veritable space ghost. Boimler's always been a little out of phase with reality, but he never expected things to get this literal. Until Rutherford figures out how to fix things, Boimler's going to be stuck in his new form and it's not something that's gone unnoticed by the rest of the crew. 

In the meantime, Tendi gets a new pet but that's not enough for her. The uber-perfectionist decided that what the dog needed was an upgrade and she's hand edited all of the dog's 6 billion genetic sequences to create a truly horrific creature that would make even the most jaded Starfleet officer think twice about petting. No matter how cute a dog might be, you never quite look at it the same way once it's retracted its face to allow batlike monstrosities fly out of its neck cavity. Whatever you do, don't ask this dog to play dead — though as far as Tendi is concerned, her enthusiasm for her pet remains undimmed.

Will Rutherford be able to reconstitute Boimler before Boimler starts to fade away entirely? Will Boimler somehow find a way to get into trouble for a situation that is entirely not his fault? Will Tendi's genetic abomination of a dog ever leave our nightmares, or is the USS Cerritos now home to an all new breed of pet? Find out on the next episode of 'Star Trek: Lower Decks.'

This episode of 'Star Trek: Lower Decks' airs on September 17 on CBS All Access. 

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