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Star Trek hints that a robot rebellion is forming against Starfleet

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 3, Episode 7 – “A Mathematically Perfect Redemption”The end of Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3, episode 7 teases a robotic alliance between Peanut Hamper (Kether Donohue) and AGIMUS (Jeffrey Combs) that could attack Starfleet. Peanut Hamper, the traitorous former ensign of the USS Cerritos, has been locked away on Earth at the Daystrom Institute’s self-aware megalomaniacal computer storage. Unfortunately, the Exocomp was shortsightedly placed in a cell right next to AGIMUS, the evil AI that Ensigns Bradward Boimler (Jack Quaid) and Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome) captured in Star Trek: Lower Decks season 2.

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Given their maniacal laughter, the two evil machines are clearly plotting “to do awful things” together. AGIMUS was apprehended by the Lower Deckers of the Cerritos after impersonating a planet’s diet and forcing its people into a century-long war. Meanwhile, Peanut Hamper is one of Starfleet’s worst traitors. After deserting the Cerritos in Star Trek: Lower Decks‘ Season 1 finale, the Exocomp managed to crash-land on the planet Aerolus, an unfederated world of humanoid birds. Peanut Hamper seemed to be on the path to redemption, but in truth she invited the Drookmani Scavengers to attack Areolus and steal their hidden technology. Upon being discovered, the unrepentant Exocomp threatened to contact the Borg to assimilate everyone, Starfleet, and Areore. Together, AGIMUS and Peanut Hamper rightfully pose a serious threat to Starfleet, if they can escape from the Daystrom Institute.

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Starfleet has faced many robotic threats throughout Star Trek

Starfleet has battled many rogue androids, evil artificial intelligence, and evil robots throughout Star Trek. Of course, the Borg top the list among the United Federation of Planets’ greatest enemies. AGIMUS is inspired, in part, by Landru, another AI who took control of a planet in Star Trek: The Original Series (and who came back in Star Trek: Lower Decks). On Star Trek: The Next GenerationLore (Brent Spiner) was Lt. Commander Data’s evil android twin brother, and the positronic villain even attempted to lead his own Borg faction against the Federation.

One of the worst threats the Federation had ever faced was Control, the malicious AI originally designed as Section 31’s threat assessment system in Star Trek: Discovery season 2. Control decided to take over Section 31 and Starfleet, and he planned to wipe out all organic life in the galaxy. Control was eventually halted by Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) as Red Angel and the combined forces of the USS Enterprise and USS Discovery, though Burnham and the Disco had to permanently jump to the 32nd century to do so. Star Trek: Picard Season 1 also introduced robotic aliens from another galaxy who also wanted to wipe out all organic life.

Will Peanut Hamper and AGIMUS come back Star Trek: Lower Decks?

It is no coincidence that Peanut Hamper and AGIMUS met in Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3, episode 7, and no AI is looking for mathematically perfect redemption. On the contrary, the twisted machines could cause serious damage to the Federation if they got loose. Peanut Hamper is a disgraced Starfleet officer, and as an Exocomp, she knows Starfleet security codes, has a built-in replicator, and is devilishly resourceful to serve her selfish ends. AGIMUS is skilled enough to manipulate technology and organic life to do whatever he pleases. Worse still, Starfleet continues to underestimate Peanut Hamper and AGIMUS, and they short-sightedly assume that both were neutralized at the Daystrom Institute. Star Trek: Lower Decks clearly setting up Peanut Hamper and AGIMUS for a return as the Big Bads, possibly in the Season 3 finale or in Season 4.

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Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 3 airs Thursdays on Paramount+.