Lower Decks Season 3 questions the very purpose of Starfleet

There are, of course, myriad criticisms one could level at the Federation and Starfleet. For one thing, in their slavish devotion to boldly going where no one has gone before, Starfleet often can’t keep up with things. On “Lower Decks”, a good century after the events of the original series, Starfleet was finally seen following a civilization they had liberated from a malicious computer decades before.

On the other hand, Starfleet also represents a set of moral and ethical values ​​that are not necessarily shared by everyone in the galaxy, or even everyone in the organization. If a pre-distortion society dies from a plague that the Enterprise can cure, Starfleet ethics dictate that people remain helpless, on their own when it comes to their own fate. This, of course, gets into complicated questions about the “Star Trek” prime directive, itself an anti-colonialist measure.

Starfleet values ​​unity, cooperation and diplomacy, but also requires a very specific code of conduct from its officers. And their code of conduct is very conservative, requiring uniforms, respect for military rank, respect for orders and trust in the system. Starfleet officers have no alcohol on their ships, only alcohol-free synthehol. Even fraternization seems to be seen as unprofessional. Starfleet is therefore a contradiction. It’s an organization that encourages multiculturalism and welcomes outside viewpoints and clever interjections, but they demand it under military auspices.

There are many other ways to criticize Starfleet. But Boimler, in a moment of anger, keeps in mind the more positive aspects of Starfleet. They don’t want to show their status. They are simply driven to do the right thing.