Could be a hobby for her too that she usually doesn't get to indulge in, considering she didn't do too bad until the update hung. Very much had vibes of someone who knows some stuff wanting to get a chance to play with it since they don't normally get to do so.Honestly, I was a little surprised by Freeman just winging it because she "took a semester back at the Academy". It seems out of character for her.
I think it's less a Lower Decks thing than a Starfleet thing. Everybody in the fleet is an exceptional individual just by virtue of being there (if they weren't, they wouldn't have made it through the Academy, or even wanted to). That's the aspirational part of it; anyone can be special, and even the lowest Ensign might one day become Captain (and every good Captain remembers being an overworked Ensign).Other than Boimler (so far), it's like the Lower Deckers are predestined or have inherent greatness wired into them.
I've just started on TOS so I'm not sure what a TOS hero is yet.Mariner is the exception among the core four, but her problem is that she's a TOS star in the post-TNG era, so her Call never seems to come.
Jump his boims! Hahaha!
They gave Boimler two paths to greatness now, with William of Section 31 out and about too.
Haven't seen Kirk being a cowboy yet but I've seen 4 eps, including the cage and, holy cow, TOS is so sexist, geez!