‘Lower Decks’ Season 2, Episode 4 Preview: ‘Mugato, Gumato’

The fourth episode of the second season of “Star Trek: Lower Decks” drops on Thursday, September 2 at midnight Pacific Time/3 am Eastern Time. Instead of releasing preview images because it did for the earlier three episodes, Paramount+ launched a teaser trailer for episode 4.

Though the trailer is brief, it reveals a serious tie in an episode of “Star Trek: The Original Series.” Here’s a breakdown of the hints from the trailer for the subsequent episode, entitled “Mugato, Gumato.”


The Return of the Mugato

The teaser trailer, posted to StarTrek.com, confirms {that a} TOS alien, a Mugato, will play a serious position within the upcoming episode. Fans of “The Original Series,” will acknowledge the Mugato from the second season episode “A Private Little War.”

In that episode, Captain Kirk, Spock, and McCoy traveled to the planet Neural, a pre-warp, pre-First Contact planet. One of Kirk’s first planetary survey missions was on Neural, so he was conversant in the planet and its primitive society. However, after they beamed right down to the planet, the away staff was shocked to find that the indigenous tribe was utilizing weapons as an alternative of the rudimentary weapons Kirk had noticed years in the past.

Neural was additionally residence to the Mugato, a human-sized, ape-like creature with a harmful horn on its head and huge spikes down its backbone. Mugatos have been recognized to assault humanoids, biting them with their razor-sharp fangs, which contained a deadly neurotoxin.

While on Neural, Kirk and McCoy have been attacked by a Mugato. The creature managed to chunk Kirk, infecting him with its lethal poison. He would have died inside hours if it weren’t for a Kahn-ut-tu shaman, a member of the indigenous tribe that inhabited the planet. She handled his chunk wounds with mahko root, which she combined together with her blood and Kirk’s. She additionally carried out a ritual much like a Vulcan mind-meld, which allowed her consciousness to attach with Kirk’s. This ritual, together with the mahko root, fully extracted the poison and healed Kirk’s wounds.


The Easter Egg within the Title

The title of the episode, “Mugato, Gumato” is a intelligent play on the phrase “you say tomato, I say tomato,” and references an fascinating little bit of behind-the-scenes trivia. According to “These Are The Voyages — TOS: Season Two,” the unique script for the episode known as the creature a “Gumato,” not a “Mugato.” The authors declare that actor DeForest Kelley had bother announcing the phrase Gumato, so the identify was modified for the ultimate model of the script. However, the identify was not modified within the last credit of the episode. The actor who performed the creature is credited with taking part in the “Gumato.”

The identify change did not actually clear up the pronunciation points although. Throughout the episode, each Kelley and William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk, pronounced Mugato as “Mugatu.” Some Trek reference books, like “The Star Trek Compendium,” seek advice from the creature because the Mugatu as an alternative of Mugato due to this mispronunciation.


The Cerritos Tracks Down a Mugato

Fans who watched the primary teaser trailer for “Lower Decks” most likely caught the seconds-long clip of a roaring Mugato. However, the Mugato wasn’t referenced in any of the opposite trailers. So, its presence within the second season was a thriller, till the episode trailer dropped.

The trailer revealed that the crew of the Cerritos shall be despatched on a mission to trace down a Mugato on the free. The 16-second trailer did not give away many extra particulars. However, it did affirm that the “Lower Decks” ensigns will be a part of Lieutenant Shaxs on an away mission to search out the Mugato. The solely different element divulged was one followers is perhaps happier not understanding: monitoring Mugatos apparently includes tasting their dung, which is “tangy,” for freshness.

“Mugato, Gumato” shall be obtainable on Paramount+ at midnight Pacific Time/3 am Eastern Time on September 2. Check again after the episode drops for a full breakdown of all of the Easter eggs.

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