Watch Out: Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 3 Finale SPOILER – “The Stars At Night” The Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 finale revisited a classic and infamous trope of Starfleet Admiral: Vice Admiral Les Buenamigo (Carlos Alazraqui) was always bad. In the Season 3 finale of Star Trek: Lower Decks, Admiral Buenamigo sought to force the dismantling of the California-class starships and replace them with the creation of him, the Texas-class starships, which are fully managed by the artificial intelligence. However, Ensign Samanthan Rutherford (Eugene Cordero) and Captain Carol Freeman (Dawnn Lewis) of the USS Cerritos foiled Buenamigo’s plan and the corrupt admiral was killed by his own USS Aledo when the robot ship went rogue and ha attacked the Starfleet.
Perhaps Captain Freeman should have guessed that Admiral Buenamigo was evil because Starfleet has a long history of flag officers going violently insane. Buenamigo’s motivation was simply career advancement; even after he became vice admiral, he found Starfleet leaders “so competitive” and Les wanted to make his mark in service, which would put the California class out of service in favor of his Texas class fleet. But once his plot was uncovered, Buenamigo revealed that he was a psychopath. Les turned around as he stopped arguing that the Texas class would save the lives of Starfleet officers and it was okay to kill all souls aboard the Cerritos “for the good of many.” Admiral Buenamigo turned out to be yet another reputational damage to Starfleet admirals, and he is one of the most twisted flag officers Star Trek has ever seen.
Why do so many Star Trek admirals go bad
Starfleet admirals transform evil at an alarming rate. Most of the admirals were formerly starship captains, and it appears that the pressures of long-term deep space exploration, as well as the dangers they witnessed at the last frontier, push many admirals to resort to extreme methods. Most evil admirals believe what they are doing is safeguarding Starfleet and the Federation, but some, like Admiral Buenamigo, are just twisted and selfish individuals who pretend to serve Starfleet’s best interests while secretly pursuing own plans. Buenamigo’s misdeeds date back to when he was a lieutenant commander who manipulated Rutherford to design the USS Aledo, erasing his memory with a cybernetic implant in the process.
Admiral Buenamigo is in good company when it comes to evil Starfleet flag officers. Among the worst Starfleet has hosted is Admiral Cartwright (Brock Peters) who led a conspiracy to assassinate the Klingon High Chancellor and prevent peace with the Federation in Star Trek VI: The Unknown Country. A military coup on Earth by Starfleet was attempted by Admiral Leyton (Robert Foxworth) of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which he justified as protecting Earth from the Dominion’s Shapeshifters. In the Kelvin Timeline of Star Trek Into Darkness, Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) tried to militarize Starfleet and start a war with the Klingons by bombing their home planet. Marcus was so crazy that he was even willing to kill his daughter, Carol (Alice Eve).
Will Jellico be the next Star Trek admiral?
Star Trek: Prodigy is bringing back Admiral Edward Jellico (Ronny Cox) as a counterbalance to Vice Admiral Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), so will Jellico turn out to be the next evil Admiral? Jellico was briefly Captain of the USS Enterprise-D in Star Trek: The Next Generation and his uncompromising leadership style won no fans among the crew or Trekkers. But Jellico was simply stubborn and difficult, not entirely evil. However, it is reasonable to be wary that Jellico could reveal his true colors like so many other corrupt admirals. Starfleet has its share of noble admirals like Kirk (William Shatner), Picard (Patrick Stewart), Cornwell (Jayne Brook), Vance (Oded Fehr) and Janeway, but Star Trek: Lower Decks has proven that the evil trope of Starfleet admiral resists and shows no signs of leaving.
Star Trek: Lower Decks Seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Paramount +.