Episode II: The First One Was Better
I didn’t expect "Crisis Point 2: Paradoxus" to be the equal of "Crisis Point," and let me be perfectly clear in saying, no, this is not in the same ballpark. But it’s an enjoyable romp through the holodeck with enough character beats to feel worthwhile as an episode of Lower Decks.
"Crisis Point" still remains the best episode of the series, mainly because it fully confronted its character core (Mariner’s issues with her mother) and the underlying darkness of that particular fantasy thread, alongside its parody/homage of elevated Trek-movie conventions. "Crisis Point 2: Paradoxus" doesn’t have a thread nearly as worthwhile or as earned, but it does put forth at least something of an effort on the character front while dropping us into the most tried-and-true of all Trek movie plots — the time-travel adventure.
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