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Voyager Reviewed From Start to Finish

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Report this Nov. 20 2011, 3:36 am

CARETAKER


A good start, much better than the TNG and DSN pilots which both started well for the first hour or so, then went downhill. This ep, on the other hand, keeps the quality throughout. The new crew are an interesting bunch: female Captain (when i first saw pics of Janeway, i was disappointed as i would have preferred a younger sex kittenish Captain, shallow i know. But Mulgrew is excellent in the role), Black Vulcan, Half-Klingon woman (whose makeup is awful in the first season), and a Doctor who isnt real! Nice to see DSN and Quark - just as TNG had McCoy in the first ep, and DSN had Picard, this has a familiar character to launch the show on its way.


Harry Kim comes across as bland - he's way too stiff and formal. Tom Paris, on the other hand, is more interesting here than he would be in a majority of season 1. Kes and Neelix are ok. The Kazon are a bit bland, but i like the idea of a show like this starting off with more familar sorts of aliens, then hopefully going on to do more avant-garde stuff later. The final scene is excellent - Janeway's speech makes it clear that this show has a far more interesting premise than either DSN or TNG: in the latter, we have a massive starship warping backwards and forwards on specific missions for StarFleet in an area of space about which the crew already seem to know everything, and where there are few real surprises (for them). With Voyager, we have a smaller, faster ship (which can land on planets!) warping on a progressive course through an unknown region of space where, potentially, anything can happen. A much more exciting format.

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Report this Nov. 22 2011, 4:22 am

PARALLAX


My favourite ST writer Brannon Braga wrote this, but it's not one of his better efforts, being essentially a technobabble problem for the crew to solve. It does serve to flesh out the characters though. Seska appears in a blue uniform instead of a yellow one, and theres no indication that she's Chakotay's girlfriend yet. Carey is far too forgiving - no way would i accept someone stealing my job, especially if they'd tried to break my nose earlier! You can tell which scenes were shot first, as B'Elanna's makeup is even shoddier than usual. The squashed Doctor is cute.

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Report this Nov. 22 2011, 7:46 am

holy cow are you finished tng?



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Report this Nov. 22 2011, 11:06 am

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 :-)) Hi Wissa, haha, no, im doing these and the TNG reviews at the same time. Then ill do the films/DSN/Animated and Enterprise. Have you done Turnabout Intruder yet?

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Report this Nov. 22 2011, 11:10 am

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 :-)) Hi Wissa, haha, no, im doing these and the TNG reviews at the same time. Then ill do the films/DSN/Animated and Enterprise. Have you done Turnabout Intruder yet?


 


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I've watched half of it.  I'm battling a rather severe bout of addiction to criminal minds at the moment.  But I really need to watch that again and finisht the series up.



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Report this Nov. 23 2011, 6:00 am

TIME AND AGAIN


This episode features one of the most boring alien races seen in ST. Apart from that, its ok. I like timey-wimey stories, and the end, where it didnt actually happen, is a good one. A pity that the antagonism between the StarFleet and Maquis crew has fizzled out to nothing already.


PHAGE


This episode is nothing special either. The Vidiians are good, but wasted in this, and the story has similarities to `Spock's Brain' from TOS - perhaps it should have been called `Neelix' Lungs' instead.


THE CLOUD


This episode doesnt really have a plot, but comes across as a series of little vignettes involving the crew. Oddly, this makes it far more enjoyable than it would have been, if it had focussed on the story about the `Cloud'. Voyager's characters are already very entertaining, but the balance between character interaction and story isnt right yet.

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Report this Nov. 24 2011, 8:47 am

EYE OF THE NEEDLE


I wasnt very impressed with this, perhaps because i found out about a lot of what happens (but not the ending) before i saw it, and so it fell flat. The idea is a good one, and illustrates another of Voyager's strengths - that the show has a nice `Best of Both Worlds' feel to it: the Delta quadrant setting means they can do lots of stories involving strange aliens/planets etc, and the fact they are trying to get home also provides possibilities for stories that TNG, for instance, couldn't do (Prime Factors). Yet, being in the Delta quadrant proved no obstacle to featuring lots of familiar Alpha quadrant characters, like in this one.


EX POST FACTO


I have to say that this first season, though its better than the first seasons of TNG and DSN, is disappointing, with the shows potential not being realised. Instead, the format is wasted on stale stuff like this - a tedious murder mystery, in which the only interesting element is the form of punishment meted out to Paris.

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Report this Nov. 26 2011, 6:10 am

EMANATIONS


No story by Brannon Braga is ever bad, but this comes as close as any. The idea is good, but its all too static, with the action in the other universe taking place in one room. Why didnt the production team take the opportunity to make the aliens look really odd? Harry Kim still comes across as completely stiff.

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Report this Nov. 27 2011, 9:01 am

PRIME FACTORS


After a run of dull stories, this is an improvement. Its a story that couldn't have been done in TNG. Strange that the leader of the aliens is a Frenchman. Great ending, where Torres and co are found out by Janeway, and given a rocket!


STATE OF FLUX


This ep is good, its a surprise that Seska is Chakotay's girlfriend, and an even bigger one that she's a disguised Cardassian! I cant understand why anyone would want to stay in the Delta Quadrant, with the Cardassians - no chance of getting home now, Seska!


HEROES AND DEMONS


This is an average ep, the sort of story you would expect in a first season. Another good example of how people in ST have rotten taste when it comes to holodeck programs. Nice to see Hammer actor Christopher Neame again. 

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Report this Dec. 02 2011, 4:26 pm

CATHEXIS


Braga and Menosky would become a great writing team on the show, but this first ep by the two of them is nothing special, the sort of dull stuff youd expect in a first season. Janeway has a different hairdo in this and the next ep, and it looks awful.


FACES


At last, Voyager starts to get its act together. This is an excellent story, far better than `Phage', and it led to me getting a crush on B'Elanna Torres that lasted for 2 years (it was the latest in a long line of crushes, but only the 4th one id had on someone in ST, the others being Janice Rand, and Helen Noel from TOS). The Vidiians are very sinister and theres a great horror moment when the scientist turns to Klingon Torres, and we see he has Durst's face badly grafted on.

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Report this Dec. 02 2011, 10:28 pm

I agree that voyager started off pretty stiff... and you could see the crew had a heck of a time with the tech-babble, but i also think next gen started off quite stiff, with the exception of Riker. lol.


Once vgr got into the swing of things, it really started to move along. Some characters will never really improve (I won't say which ones), but folks like B'lanna, Tom, Doc, Neelix, really keep the juices flowing on vgr. Janeway, of course, once she lets her hair down (no pun intended) is the heart and soul of the show. Tuvok is... well... he's a vulcan. lol.


Voyager really gets kickin once they get rid of the really bad apple around the end of season three *cough kes cough* lol ;-)

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Report this Dec. 04 2011, 8:06 am

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>I agree that voyager started off pretty stiff... and you could see the crew had a heck of a time with the tech-babble, but i also think next gen started off quite stiff, with the exception of Riker. lol.

>Once vgr got into the swing of things, it really started to move along. Some characters will never really improve (I won't say which ones), but folks like B'lanna, Tom, Doc, Neelix, really keep the juices flowing on vgr. Janeway, of course, once she lets her hair down (no pun intended) is the heart and soul of the show. Tuvok is... well... he's a vulcan. lol.

>Voyager really gets kickin once they get rid of the really bad apple around the end of season three *cough kes cough* lol ;-)

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Thanks for commenting, i was starting to get lonely here.


JETREL


This ep is just average as well. James Sloyan has a very rich voice, and he appears in other roles in ST. The dream sequence, where Kes appears with a horribly burnt face, is the only bit that stands out, but i like the fact that Neelix forgives Jetrel.


LEARNING CURVE


I thoroughly enjoyed this when i first saw it, (back in early 1996, on a Sunday night after i returned from the pub - doesnt time pass quick?), and i still think its one of the best season 1 eps. At least it addresses the antagonism between the StarFleet and Maquis crewmembers, and the characters are good. I feel sorry for the Maquis who are picked out - would be awful to be singled out as not fitting in/being incompetent, whatever. Tuvok comes across as being a bully, very unlikeable, but it was early days for the show. The ep is (in)famous for the line "Get this cheese to sickbay!", but its B'Elanna who says it, not Chakotay, as is often mistakenly ascribed. When season 1 was released on video here in the UK, Projections, Elogium, Twisted and The 37s were included as part of it, and thats how i regarded them for many years. Now, on DVD, these 4 eps are part of season 2, so it seems best to regard them as season 2 stories now, which means that Learning Curve is the finale to season 1.


Overall, the first season is better than the first years of ST:TNG and DSN, but isnt one of the better seasons in ST history, with the producers failing to fully explore the possibilities provided by the format. It could have been worse though, Genevieve Bujold could have remained

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Report this Dec. 04 2011, 4:42 pm

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Couldn't agree more. Voyager started out much stronger than TNG or DS9. (especially TNG).

If Genevieve remained, Voyager might not have made it to a third season.


When i first saw the footage of Bujold as Janeway, i was amazed at how bad she was  Glad you agree with me. Voyager certainly has a far more interesting premise than ST:TNG. I could never understand those fans who complained about Voyager being set in a different area of space, as if that was a disadvantage. After so many seasons of TNG and DSN set in the Alpha Quadrant, it was time for a change. 

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Report this Dec. 06 2011, 5:56 am

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>FACES

>At last, Voyager starts to get its act together. This is an excellent story, far better than `Phage', and it led to me getting a crush on B'Elanna Torres that lasted for 2 years (it was the latest in a long line of crushes, but only the 4th one id had on someone in ST, the others being Janice Rand, and Helen Noel from TOS). The Vidiians are very sinister and theres a great horror moment when the scientist turns to Klingon Torres, and we see he has Durst's face badly grafted on.

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I wouldn't describe the Vidiians in general as sinister, more like desparate, as they stated in Phage.  Yes, in Faces, they were very cold toward their prisoners, using them as slaves & for organ harvesting, but that is what they were driven to by the plague they were fighting.  This disease transformed a peaceful race into scavengers, and they became militant out of desparation to try to save their race from extinction.  Obviously, the ones in Faces were worse than the ones in Phage, but remember the ones in Phage usually resorted to harvesting organs from those who were no longer using them, and even repaid the debt of having their lives spared.

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Report this Dec. 06 2011, 6:45 am

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>At last, Voyager starts to get its act together. This is an excellent story, far better than `Phage', and it led to me getting a crush on B'Elanna Torres that lasted for 2 years (it was the latest in a long line of crushes, but only the 4th one id had on someone in ST, the others being Janice Rand, and Helen Noel from TOS). The Vidiians are very sinister and theres a great horror moment when the scientist turns to Klingon Torres, and we see he has Durst's face badly grafted on.

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I wouldn't describe the Vidiians in general as sinister, more like desparate, as they stated in Phage.  Yes, in Faces, they were very cold toward their prisoners, using them as slaves & for organ harvesting, but that is what they were driven to by the plague they were fighting.  This disease transformed a peaceful race into scavengers, and they became militant out of desparation to try to save their race from extinction.  Obviously, the ones in Faces were worse than the ones in Phage, but remember the ones in Phage usually resorted to harvesting organs from those who were no longer using them, and even repaid the debt of having their lives spared.

Good points Broadstorm. Also I realised after id posted it, that id put `4th' instead of 3rd when i was listing my Trek-related crushes.


THE 37S


The first episode of season 2 is generally regarded as a turkey, but i disagree. The basic idea, similar to `The Neutral Zone' in TNG, is a good one, and its given an interesting twist, with the idea of Janeways crew possibly staying behind. I love the scene where the ship lands, great effects and a nice idea that helps to distinguish the show from other Trek's. Interesting to see Janeway and co in the briefing room, and instead of the usual starscape, theres a blue sky outside!


Fans dismiss this because of the silly lack of science involving the old pick-up truck floating in space being made to start on the first go (who cares? The show is primarily entertainment, not an adaptation of a University physics textbook), and because the 3 `beautiful cities' referred to are never seen (i can live with that). When this ep was in production, there was a rumour that George Takei was in it - maybe thats why fans dislike it, as they were disappointed that he wasnt?


INITIATIONS


This is one of the worst - dull, tired stuff. The only point of interest is that we get to see Aaron Eisenberg (Nog in DSN) in Kazon make-up. Funnily enough, im pleased the Kazon were back, as im a great believer in starting off small, then getting bigger and better over time - or, in other words, start off with a routine, familiar sort of alien race like this, then as the years pass, introduce more `avant-garde' creatures/races.


NON SEQUITER


Im something of a fan of Brannon Braga's stories, and this is another excellent ep. This stands as an example of what makes the other Trek shows stand above TOS (much as i love that show). The 60s show never did stuff like this, it was all straight-forward action-adventure yarns. When they did do a story about reality being altered (City.....), it was made clear from the start what had happened, with no sense of mystery. This wasnt the production team's fault - it was the fault of the stupid TV executives who were terrified of alienating the audience, so the stories had to be realtively simple, and stuff like this (where whats happened isn't explained in the first 10 mins) wouldn't have been considered. The only flaw with this ep is that, after reality has been changed so that Harry never boarded Voyager, never befriended Tom etc - how does Harry know that things arent as they should be? No-one else does.

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