Star trek Voyager Voyages: Season 5

June 22, 2012

Star Trek Voyager, Season 5, kind of a mixed bag. Or perhaps the months-long, non-stop diet of replicator rations is finally beginning to take its toll on me. Here follows the good, the bad, and the often middle of the road…

Episode 95: Night

Voyager loses power traversing a dark region of space containing theta radiation.

This starts off as probably the best Voyager does Alien episode they’ve come up with so far. Then it gets weird and shifts into a heavy-handed allegory about pollution and ecology.

We also meet a new race of baddies called the Malon who are kind of Red Dwarf versions of something out of David Lynch’s version of Dune. They seem somehow out of place though being little more realistic in their motives than the usual Klingon-rehash warrior villains.

And finally, the new holodeck running gag for this season is Tom Paris’ Flash Gordon / Lost In Space style serial, Captain Proton . Campy and fun (I guess) but I always find it annoying when shows create old shows that never existed. It just feels like something Calvin (as in “and Hobbes”) would have come up with. Maybe it’s supposed to be an original creation by Tom Paris. That would explain why it’s so ridiculous. And Calvin-like.
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Star Trek Voyager Voyages: Season 4

May 8, 2012

Season 4 of Star Trek: Voyager starts off on a good, although ridiculously high-heeled, foot.

Episode 69: Scorpion Part 2

Voyager must pass through Borg space, but the arrival of a new species causes problems. Janeway and Tuvok work with the Borg and meet Seven of Nine as they work on developing a weapon against Species 8472 in exchange for safe passage through Borg space.

Seven of nine as Borg

The Seaons 3 cliffhanger, “Scoprion, Part 1”, was all about the vaguely absurd Species 8472. “Part 2″ is all about Seven of Nine who hits the ball out of the park within two seconds of appearing on screen. Even if you can’t help but speculate that surely The Borg would have amputated those cumbersome bosoms. C’mon now, they’re just not efficient. Neither is that steel thong and camel-toe combination. But there’s just something riveting (pun intended) about the character, even before she begins the journey of regaining her humanity.

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Star Trek Voyager Voyages: Season 3

April 3, 2012

Season 3 of Star Trek: Voyager, begins by going back to the Basics

Episode 43: Basics, Part 2

The crew must learn to survive on the inhospitable planet as the Doctor, Crewman Suder and Paris attempt to regain control of the ship.

Let me rewrite the synopsis for this one: The crew encounters some really cheesy neanderthals in jumpsuits and a terribly rendered CGI space slug, ruining what could have been a really great Die Hard-esque episode with Suder crawling around in Jefferiess tubes to regain control of the ship. 

Suder gets killy in the Basics

Besides being a bit ridiculous and poorly written, the entire storyline on the planet is pointless since you flat-out know they’re going to be rescued. This is Star Trek: Voyager not Star Trek: 10,000 BC so obviously they’re getting back on the ship by the end.

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