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Voyager Reviewed From Start to Finish

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Report this Apr. 11 2012, 4:11 am

Quote: janewayjunkie74656 @ Mar. 25 2012, 11:47 am

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>I loved the Future's End episodes. They were very creative.

>Warlord was never my favorite episode, just because...well, I don't know!  But what I DID like about it was Jennifer Lien's excellent acting. That was definitely the episode that showed her skills the best. After seeing that episode, I thought the Kes character could have been expanded on better because it didn't look like Lien's part was very challenging for her. 

>Also I agree with you about the Kes and Neelix split up thing. Very true. 

>Also, this is my 3000th post. Yay. 

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Yes, Congratulations


THE Q AND THE GREY


This episode is very funny, but humanises the Q too much. The female Q is interesting and its good to see what Suzie Plakston looks like without the Klingon make-up.


MACROCOSM


I love nearly all of Braga's eps and this is no exception. The story reminds me of the season 7 TNG ep he did, `Genesis', with 2 crew members returning to the ship to find the crew stricken by a strange disease. The macroscopic virus is quite horrific, and the CGI effects are good.


FAIR TRADE


At first, this looked like it was going to be a dull and routine affair - and it largely is, but the end, where Neelix and Janeway emphasise to each other (and the viewer) that no-one on board ship now knows anything about what's ahead, reinforces how much more entertaining the shows format is, compared to TNG and DSN.


ALTER EGO


I like the new holographic hangout for the crew, with the exotic beach resort, but the over-riding thing with this episode is wondering why anyone (Harry, in this case) would be depressed because of a crush on a holographic character - if you have a crush on a real person and they cant stand you, then yes, youd have every reason to be depressed. But having a crush on a hologram would be fantastic! All you have to do is alter the character's personality so they fancy you as well, and you have it made! Harry is thick!

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Report this Apr. 12 2012, 6:09 am

Quote: Spouter @ Apr. 11 2012, 4:11 am

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>FAIR TRADE

>At first, this looked like it was going to be a dull and routine affair - and it largely is, but the end, where Neelix and Janeway emphasise to each other (and the viewer) that no-one on board ship now knows anything about what's ahead, reinforces how much more entertaining the shows format is, compared to TNG and DSN.

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I liked that they did this, and think they should have done it sooner.  Voyager was doing a nearly straight line, and it took that long to get beyond where Neelix could serve as a guide.  At least they did it though rather than keeping him serving in that capacity for even longer.

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Report this May. 03 2012, 4:18 am

CODA


Another excellent episode from one of Trek's best writers, Jeri Taylor. It's unusual, it's weird, and it's a fascinating mystery as we wonder whats going on. The Vidiians returning is a complete surprise, and the episode has some good emotional scenes as Janeway observes her own wake. Theres a great bit where Harry talks about the Captain, and we see Janeway crying - great bit of genuine emoting from Mulgrew.


BLOOD FEVER


This is excellent as well. Vorik is an interesting character, and the fight between him and B'Elanna is quite shocking - women generally didnt feature in violent fight scenes in ST! Tom's sudden attraction to Torres seems to have come out of nowhere though.


UNITY


Not as good as expected, but cheers to the production team for doing a different sort of Borg story, where the emphasis is on a colony of ex-drones and where the `proper' Borg appear only in a cameo.


DARKLING


This is just average, but Robert Picardo gives his usual excellent performance. The aliens in this are amongst the dullest, but i ilke the bit where the Doctor, in `evil' mode pushes one of them off a cliff.


RISE


Excellent again. Great character stuff in this, as Neelix suddenly shows he isnt as thick as we thought, and admits to Tuvok that he (Neelix) knows that Tuvok doesnt like him. Its this interplay between the two that makes this stand out.

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Report this May. 03 2012, 7:07 am

Holy crow!  you're on voyager already!


 


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Report this May. 05 2012, 3:44 am

Quote: wissa @ May. 03 2012, 7:07 am

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>Holy crow!  you're on voyager already!

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Hi wissa  nope, im doing TNG and Voyager at the same time.

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Report this May. 21 2012, 1:48 am

FAVORITE SON


Harry Kim on the Planet of the Bimbos!! This episode is one of the worst of the season, but it has a great teaser, showing Harry firing unprovoked on an apparently friendly vessel.

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Report this May. 21 2012, 8:21 am

One thing I really don't like about Voyager... they reduced the Q to a bickering sitcom family pretty much. Their watering down of the Borg until they're a managable threat was also rather lame.


Voyager had the potential to really be great too. The Maquis story arc went no where, to the point they were mentioned in what? Six episodes over the season?


A lot of good individual stories, and Robert Picardo literally carried that show by himself for the first few seasons he was so awesome though. Just could have been so much more.


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Report this Jun. 07 2012, 3:24 am

Yeah, i agree the Q were turned into comedy relief, and that the Maquis concept was wasted really.


BEFORE AND AFTER


I love these sorts of bizarre mystery stories. Apart from wondering whats going on, its interesting to see the Doctor, with his holographic toupee), and Harry Kim being Tom's son in law! The Year of Hell scenario is fascinating. Jennifer Lien looks so much better with her long hair - the actress must have thought this storyline was going to lead to better and brighter things for her in the show, but instead she got fired! Oh well..


REAL LIFE


This is one of those stories that becomes obvious after its been made. Hard to see why everyone is so upset about the Doctor's Daughter being `killed' - shes not real, so he could easily create another one. Parisi Squares gets mentioned again - a shame we never get to see it.


DISTANT ORIGIN


Another winner from Braga and Menosky. Its an inspired idea, if far-fetched, that Dinosaurs evolved into a more advanced life-form and left Earth in spaceships, ending up in the Delta Quadrant! The teaser shows how off-beat the premise is - we have a Dinosaur Archaeologist finding Human bones instead of the other way around. Good make-up for the Voth and some unusual camera angles.

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Report this Jun. 15 2012, 2:01 am

You really need to start dating if you have enough spare time to do this.


No offense.


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Report this Jun. 15 2012, 8:03 am


One thing I really don't like about Voyager... they reduced the Q to a bickering sitcom family pretty much.




I actually like what Voyager did with the Q.    When it was announced that Q will appear on Voyager, everybody thought that it would be lame, been-there-done-that attempt at comic relief (like the DS9 Q episode).  But instead they introduced an original story line that seems pretty creative and thought out.  They seem to have hit a balance between a good story, and comic relief.



The Maquis story arc went no where, to the point they were mentioned in what? Six episodes over the season?




Voyager wanted to distance itself from DS9.  I think they took the Maquis storyline as far as it could go without dragging it out.  The producers wanted to get Voyager out there exploring, without wasting several episodes of Federation and Maquis crewmembers bickering with each other.  And it was more than 6 episodes.


I was asked to write a 4 page essay on any subject of my choosing. I wrote about why ST Voyager is by far better than TNG and DS9, and that Voyager is Star Trek at it's best. And you can quote me on that!

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Report this Jun. 15 2012, 10:31 am

I'd challenge you to name more than six that actively dealt with the Maquis. I certainly can't off the top of my head. If it is more than that, it's definitely not much more. As for distancing themselves from DS9. TNG and DS9 both did several stories dedicated to establishing the Maquis -for- Voyager. By season 5 of DS9/season 3 ov Voyager, it was obvious it wasn't going anywhere so DS9 started using it themselves again.


As for the Q... a lame been there done that attempt at comic relief? That describes both Q and the Grey and Q2. Death Wish was very good and very compelling and if they left it at that, it would've been awesome. Q trying to seduce Janeway was just creepy and the concept of a kid saving the continium doesn't make any sense. I won't even go into the civil war aspects of it. Q2... been there done that indeed. Take a bored Q always getting in trouble, take away his powers and leave him on a Federation ship where he sacrifices himself... wow that sounds EXACTLY like Deja Q.


Now on subject to the reviews. Before and After was a neat, mindscrew kind of episode. Though it was creepy on all sorts of levels for Harry to be Tom's son-in-law. Best yet this episode foreshadows the episode Year of Hell, which was one of Voyager's better episodes.


Real Life... was an alright episode. My main problem with it, is if this is so tramatic to the Doctor... how come it is NEVER mentioned again?


Distant Orgin was an awesome episode. The Voth concept was neat and I like how the episode was from the point of view of the archeologists instead of the good guys most of the way. A shame we never see or hear from them again, but they are xenophobic isolationists afterall.


Oh and @deannastartrekker... I never understand why people say something insulting then just put in "no offense" as if that makes it acceptable. It's rude and who are you to judge how anyone else spends their time? So get off your pedestal... no offense.


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Report this Jun. 18 2012, 3:47 am

Thanks RStar17, your support is appreciated

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Report this Jun. 18 2012, 3:55 am

The `Quote' facility is acting up, so:


deannastartreker - `Spare time' doesnt really come into it, it only takes a few minutes to post these reviews and im not doing it every day. If you mean the time taken to watch the eps before writing about them, that doesnt apply either. Im not watching ANY eps, these posts are based on memories of watching the stories a few years ago.

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Report this Jun. 18 2012, 4:07 am

While im here, i might as well finish season 3


DISPLACED


An intriguing idea. The aliens are dull but their plan to replace the crew is inspired. And the flirting between Torres and Paris finally seems to be getting somewhere.


WORST CASE SCENARIO


Excellent and very clever way to bring Seska back one more time. These sorts of eps always hook me, though its a pity that i knew in advance that the attempted mutiny was a Holodeck program. I still cant understand how the Holodeck manages to recreate such large areas in a relatively small space - Tom and Tuvok are running all over the holographic Voyager, yet the Holodeck is a fairly small room.


SCORPION


A great end to one of the best ST seasons ever - a short and to the point teaser leads into a story which has a different sort of atmosphere to the usual. All of a sudden, the Delta Quadrant seems a much more dangerous place and the impression given is almost that `the Holiday is over'. Species 8472 and the Borg are much more dangerous than the Kazon, and when we first see the 8472 alien bursting through that wall, it certainly doesnt disappoint. Some great scenes with Janeway and Chakotay arguing over what to do next (Chakotay's plan to go back the way theyve come is awful!), and an impressive cliffhanger.

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Report this Jul. 08 2012, 9:39 am

Season 4 continued the run of excellence, and pushed the envelope out further than in previous seasons.


SCORPION PART 2


A nice conclusion, unlike some 2 parters which fizzle out in the second installment. A great idea to have a liberated Borg join the crew.


THE GIFT


This episode is excellent, though i feel sorry for Jennifer Lien who didnt want to leave and was basically fired, as the producers didnt think her character was working. The final scene is a real tear-jerker as Janeway announces that Kes has propelled them through Borg space, and 10 years closer to home, and when we see Tuvok light a candle in his window.


NEMESIS


This one is boring. The only spark of interest is the clever language the writer, Ken Biller, has come up with for the Humanoid aliens. The Kradin look like Nausicaans, from TNG and DSN.

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