Right at the start of Season 3, one of the biggest themes is Ensign Boimler’s new stated goal of getting his career on the right track. Boimler, with his high ambitions, had long been frustrated by his inability to impress his superiors and earn promotions, and he was furious to learn that his former fellow ensign Vendome had recently attained the rank of captain. When he felt he wasn’t making any progress, Boimler vowed to do things differently: instead of being careful and always playing it safe, he would start doing the opposite of his instincts and… become Bold Boimler .
With his new, bolder personality, Boimler took more initiative, taking on missions and assignments he might otherwise have avoided, and willingly agreeing to any offer that came his way. Sometimes this had tangible rewards, as in “The Least Dangerous Game” where he won favor with Shaxs by appearing in his choir. In other cases, this led to precarious situations, as in “Room for Growth” when he nearly killed himself, Tendi, and Mariner by walking into an unmarked area of the ship.
In The Stars at Night, Boimler’s initiative and new open-mindedness are finally rewarded. In the midst of a crisis, he demands that the captain listen to Shaxs’ suggestion. When Shaxs’ plan works and the day is saved, Boimler earns a debt of gratitude from Shaxs, who declares him his bridge buddy and a member of the “Bear Pack”. It’s a heartwarming moment and one that showcases Boimler’s development as a character.