Episode 155 – Star Trek: Voyager

September 24, 2012

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Our eight-month voyage has come to an end. So what did we think of the oft-maligned Star Trek series,Voyager? Perhaps not what you’d expect. Or perhaps exactly what you’d expect if you’ve been reading our Voyager Voyages blog posts.

Bloopers!

Coffee!

Now!

Sorry fanboys, no Kathie this week. Though she doesn’t actually have syphilis, she did contract The Phage.

This week’s The Nerds Know question is from Richard in New Zealand. Send questions to nerds@nerdhurdles.com

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Star trek Voyager Voyages: Season 7

September 21, 2012

As so we finally come to the end of our voyage through Star Trek: Voyager.

Episode 147: Unimatrix Zero, part 2

Please see our Season 6 post for a review of this episode.

Episode 148: Imperfection

When her cortical implant malfunctions, Seven of Nine needs a life-saving transplant.

Just after Mandi remarked, “I like the Borg kids. I like that they have them on the show,” 3/4 of them are immediately written out of the series. To be fair Mezoti was stepping on Naomi Wildman’s toes. There can only be one precocious, hyper-intelligent, slightly weird ten year old girl on board. Well, no more. Bye bye Borglings. Of course, Naomi Wildman has yet to show her face again as of episode 156, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Anyway, Ichabod makes the cut and as far as teen males in Star Trek go, he’s really not that bad. And he provides a decent mirror for Seven’s journey to reclaim her Humanity, or in Iqbal’s case, his Brunality. Which, of course, really means Humanity since everyone in Star Trek wants to be human on some level. Even Geordie. And, in this episode, Ishmael.

How was the episode though? You can tell I’m stalling for time trying to remember what we thought of it, can’t you? Well, we watched this a while ago. I think we both cried at the end because Jeri Ryan has managed to evoke more emotional responses out of us than any other character on any other TV show.

Seven’s episodes invariably end in us getting misty. So they must be good.

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Star trek Voyager Voyages: Season 6

August 23, 2012

Star Trek: Voyager, Season 6. We’re almost at the end of our voyage home. Still waiting for the whales to show up.

Episode 121: Equinox, Part II

The crew of the USS Equinox attempt to elude the USS Voyager in order to exploit the nucleogenic lifeforms in a bid to return home.

Janeway goes Captain Ahab (or Picard in First Contact) on Captain Rudy Ransom’s ass. A little more crazypants than usual. A generally okay episode, but nothing more.

I liked the part where Chakotay prevents Janeway from water-boarding a crew member of the Equinox . You’d assume this would create some tension between them in the future. You assume that, but you’d be wrong. Or maybe Chakotay’s just used to her nonsense by now.

Episode 122: Survival Instinct

Three Borg from Seven’s past appear, and ask to be completely separated from the Collective.

In some sort of bizarre breach of protocol, Voyager throws an open house. And hey! Three more ex-Borg!

But these ones don’t have to wear skin-tight Lycra cat suits. Apparently the Doctor just likes to dress Seven this way. Or Janeway does, depending on what kind of slash you’re shipping.

Anyway, mostly what I took away from this episode is: Why does Seven wear the cat suits?

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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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Star Trek Voyager Voyages: Season 2

February 28, 2012

We’re at the end of Season 2 already. I think it took us a year to get this far in our TNG rewatch. Just sayin’.

Episode 17: The 37’s
A group of humans from the 1930s is found in stasis on an abandoned planet, including the lost Amelia Earhart.

And the fanfic writes itself. I guess they were tired of trying to insinuate some UST between Chakotay and Janeway so they decided to pull out the stops with some of the most palpable on-screen sexual chemistry on any Star Trek show. Janeway and Amelia Earhart never get it on—except with their eyes and hungry, quivering lips—but you can see their imaginations racing. Tackleberry from Police Academy guest stars and, not to speak ill of the dead, puts in a crap performance. The set up for this episode is pretty much the same as “Space Seed”. I think it starts with Janeway’s Turn of the Screw holodeck novel but I can’t remember because I think I’m willfully ignoring these bits.

Fun fact: This episode was meant to be the finale for Season One. It wasn’t for some reason I can’t be arsed to look up.

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