Star Trek Reveals a Surprising Starfleet Member Joining Section 31

A surprising character joins the ranks of the secret organization Section 31 in Star Trek: Lower Decks‘ most recent episode. SPOILERS for Star Trek: Lower Decks‘ latest episode, ‘Crisis Point 2: Paradoxus’, follow. As a sequel to the original “Crisis Point” episode, it’s no surprise that “Crisis Point 2: Paradoxus” is mostly a parody of the Star Trek movies. The episode sees Boimler trying to create his own holodeck movie experience that is better than the one achieved by Mariner in the original “Crisis Point” episode. At the end of the episode, Boimler mentions that he’s glad his story didn’t end on a dark cliffhanger because he hates it.

Naturally, that means the episode cuts to a final scene that includes a dark cliffhanger. Earlier, Boimler learned that William Boimler had passed away. William was Boimler’s clone created by carrier accident who continued to serve on the USS Titan after Boimler’s transfer to Cerritos, was dead. William would have died from an abnormal gas leak in his cabin, completely random, which sends Boimler in search of the meaning of life.

Turns out William’s “death” wasn’t random after all. In the cliffhanger tease, he is seen waking up and stepping out of his coffin. Someone then presents William with one of the black Starfleet combadges worn by members of Section 31. After joking that a secret organization with such obvious identifiers doesn’t make sense, he accepts the badge, chuckling loudly at the end of the episode.

Section 31 is the secret organization that works independently of the Starfleet and Federation command structure to further the goals of both organizations and ensure their security. The band first appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Star Trek: Enterprise revealed that Section 31 predates the Federation, having first protected the interests of United Earth. The group reappeared in Star Trek: Discovery and was the focus of Season 2, when Control, the group’s guiding artificial intelligence, went rogue and attempted to destroy all organic life.

Paramount+ had a Star Trek: Discovery spin-off series focusing on Article 31 in development. The series was set to shoot its pilot in 2020, just at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. After the delay, Paramount put the series on hold. The Section 31 broadcast would star Michelle Yeoh as former Earth Emperor Phillipa Georgiou, who joined Section 31 after getting stuck in the main timeline.

Star Trek: Lower Decks launches new episodes Thursday on Paramount+.