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- Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 10:06pm (USA Central)
The following quotation from Jammer's review hit the spot:
"If this is a new idea, the way the Kazon act definitely is not. You may as well make the mental note, "Kazon = Klingon" because the similarities are shamefully obvious. Naturally, since they're villains, the Voyager writing team paints them somewhat more negatively. Positive qualities like honor aren't stressed here, while the warrior intensity is fairly in-your-face. These are guys who kill 13-year-olds who fail them".
This was precisely what I'have been thinking and got fully clear for me in this episode as well. How disapointing. It is such a silly decision to write the Kazon like this. It is plain obvious that it would be recognized rapidly and could possibly annoy Trek fans a lot. I am one of these annoyed ones. And other comments above show I am no exception.
True, the ending was not 100% predictable as it was looking to be. Nice. I also enjoy how Chakotay is portrayed. I liked to see true Federation principles in action. But in the end, since this is na episode, as Jammer said, aiming on developing the Kazon, I can't help but say that these poor-man's nomad Klingon are super cartoonish and completely lazy writing.
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 8:34pm (USA Central)
Once Upon a Time
I am just glad they brought in Naomi. She wasn't a discarded character unlike her mother. She didn't join the borg baby in the Forgotten Crew Dimension!
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 8:22pm (USA Central)
I enjoyed this. love the guest star.
I found it all too convenient for Naomi and the drone not to be seduced. At first, I fell for their reasons, but why couldn't this telepath show them what THEY desired?
You mean to tell me the beast can't handle multiple orders?
example : wouldn't Naomi be under spell too of say, her mom being present in her life(hehe) or being a captain s assistant? No, I guess not. One vast connected dream per bite for the beast.
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 7:12pm (USA Central)
@Ginger: although I stand by my previous comment (I hope you understood that it was no criticism), I would like you to know how much I, just like Sean and Vylora above, appreciated your comment. Thanks for sharing. It warms my heart to know that the franchise I care so much for actually has meant just a little more than that to some people out there. Thank you.
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 7:01pm (USA Central)
@Polyanna: I'm glad you got to thell them those simple truths. It's important. Some os us never get to do it.
Thanks for sharing. More than anything else, it's those tiny bits of humanity that keep making me revisit this site. Thank you.
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 6:09pm (USA Central)
Heh, forget about the silly implausibility of the radiation: perfectly fine until lethal dose is received, then dead. Just look at the planet Picard and company landed on:
According to the episode, the planet's MEAN temperature is 55C. 55 degrees celsius! Likewise, Wesley warned Picard that the temperature would drop quite a bit during the night, enough to make him cold... Which means the average high during the day would have to be, oh, about 90 celsius or so... Forget crossing the desert or conserving supplies; they're dead in 5 minutes.
I suppose they could have crashed near one of the poles, but that sun looked rather high up in the sky.
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 6:01pm (USA Central)
Alas, poor K'Ehleyr. It's a shame she hated her Klingon side so much, this episode kinda proves that she could use it effectively. It was very fun seeing her stand up against Gowron and Duras, even if the latter didn't exactly work out well for her. She was an interesting character in her two appearances, more than worthy of a more permanent role in the franchise. Killing her off is a bit of a loss.
But only somewhat, because between the first instant we see her lying there dying to the last instance we see Worf standing over Duras' body is one of the most intense sequences in all of Trek. Every single moment of that time is perfect, from Worf howling to the Klingon underworld to Alexander running away to Worf's comment to Alexander to the fight on the Klingon ship to Riker arriving in time but Worf ignoring him in the heat of battle. You cannot tear your eyes away from the TV.
And then there was the scene with Picard and Worf. This is completely uncharted waters for us. A member of the senior staff just committed murder! What was Picard going to say? And then, he simply... let Worf go with a slap on the wrist? Yeah, it's a black mark on his record, but no demotion, no prison, no nothing?
And yet, it kinda makes sense. Picard's in completely uncharted waters here too...
For one, look at the geopolitics (er, astropolitics?) involved. Duras just murdered a Federation diplomat. That is a horrific response for a member of the Klingon High Council, and would undoubtedly have put a serious strain on Klingon/UFP relations. A few episodes later, Picard would be willing to have the Enterprise destroyed and to start a war with the Romulans when he believed they had kidnapped a Federation ambassador; why should it be any different here? Even worse, the murderer had a 50/50 chance of being the next chancellor. How could the Federation work with the Klingons after that? Would there be war? And keep in mind, at that point Picard knew that Duras was working with Romulans, or at least had strong evidence of it. Having Duras as Chancellor would be intolerable to the Federation, yet their hands were tied legally. Worf's actions untied them in a manner that was perfectly legal in the Klingon justice system.
It's hard to punish a guy too much when he just saved the Federation. Even a pair of humpback whales know that much.
Secondly, this is the inevitable endgame of the Federation's obsessive "tolerance" culture. By claiming that all cultures have a right to exist, the Federation essentially endorses Worf's commitment to the Klingon culture. And if Worf is to be allowed to act in a Klingon culture, what happens when that culture clashes with Federation culture? Presumably, duels are highly frowned upon in the Federation, yet perfectly rational for Klingons. If your culture places "tolerance" above its own morals (including "duels are bad"), then how can you punish someone for that?
Picard's speech to Worf provides the answer. You can respect other cultures, but only insofar that they respect Federation culture. In other words, duty to the Federation morality comes first. This isn't as obvious as it might seem; given the obsession with tolerance today there are plenty of examples where the law and public opinion is murky on where the majority must sacrifice their culture to the minority and vice versa. With Worf being the only Klingon in Starfleet, it may be possible that this possibility was not clearly spelled out, and Picard may have felt some responsibility for that. After all, he explicitly endorsed Klingon civil code last year by not only allowing Worf to stand trial, but by accepting the role of Worf's fighter during the trial. Picard's actions led to the death of at least one Klingon during Sins of the Father, why is this much different? So he had to be lenient this time while laying down the law that it could not happen again (presumably Sisko didn't get the memo when Worf killed Gowron...).
And finally, it just seems like a slap on the wrist to us. To Worf, Picard's note that it would go in his record was, essentially, an attack on Worf's personal honor. And we know how much that means to him. Notice how much he stiffens when Picard says that to him. To Worf, the knowledge of severe disapproval from his superior officer was punishment enough. And Picard undoubtedly realized it. Especially since he softened up immediately afterwards, asking Worf about how long he would allow the discommendation to last.
One last comment as a random aside: just how ridiculously stupid is the Federation? K'Ehleyr is the Federation ambassador to the Klingons and not vice versa, correct? If so, why the heck would they send someone who HATES Klingon culture to be an ambassador there??? That's some rather insulting diplomacy there. At least they had Curzon... Of course, if she was the Klingon ambassador to the Federation, then that makes more sense...
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 4:43pm (USA Central)
Blink of an Eye
Agree wholeheartedly with the writer above that cited Robert L. Forward's "Dragon's Egg". It is a magnificent book. I've not reviewed the Voyager credits, but Forward really should have gotten some credit.
The ending is a bit different than Dragon's Egg, necessarily. If they had retained it, the ep would have made for a superb Trekkian ending, and might have elevated this into 4 star status.
I'd like to thank Jammer for this repository. After doing the full run of DS9 on Netflix, I started up Voyager to fill in some gaps in my viewing. But after a few episodes that were true dogs, I'm very happy this site was able to guide me around the lesser episodes.
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 3:56pm (USA Central)
In the Cards
Nice episode... I really liked the scene where Jake sums up the Geiger's agenda at security office...
Weyoun's subtle threat after Sisko loses his temper is worth mentioning, too. I thought it showed nicely why they made Weyoun a diplomat. Until this episode one couldn't be sure, if he was just a brainwashed man really believing things he was saying. Here you can briefly look behind the charade and see someone you shouldn't underestimate.
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 2:49pm (USA Central)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Clearly, producer Gene Roddenberry and director Robert Wise were creating their own vision of the future. With a story focused on amazing visuals and intellectual exploration, it’s more 2001 than Star Wars. Perhaps that’s why it’s one of the least-liked movies in the Star Trek canon.
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 2:40pm (USA Central)
Yes, they fixed the Seven drunkenness thing in a later episode by flat-out saying that she can get drunk from synthehol.
That doesn't fix anything. It's a crap excuse for a previous plot hole, and makes no sense.
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 2:36pm (USA Central)
From Ron Moore: " I was surrounded by people that were unhappy working there, and didn’t like their own show, and weren’t pleased with the people they were working with. It’s a bad thing to work through. "
" He will say, "I
have very hurt feelings about Brannon. What happened between he and I is just
between he and I. It was a breakdown of trust. I would have quit any show where
I was not allowed to participate in the process like that. I wasn’t allowed to
participate in the process, and I wasn’t part of the show. I felt like I was
freelancing my own show. That was the feeling I had. I wasn’t involved in it
enough. Part of me said, ‘So what? You’ve got a baby. You are making a lot of
money. Shut up, enjoy it; go home early; go in late; relax. You’ve had a long
ten years; take a break.’ But I couldn’t. It just ate at me. It was an
integrity issue. I took a lot of pride in the work. The work matters to me. I
took a lot of pride in what I did on TNG and DS9 and the movies. I just
couldn’t work that way."
" What I found on VOYAGER was suddenly it wasn’t about the work
anymore. It wasn’t about making the best show that we possibly could; it was
about all these other extraneous issues. It was about the politics of the show,
and the strange sort of competition of egos within the writing staff and the
producing staff and the management of the show. ‘Competition’ is probably a
misleading term. The politics of the show were such that the egos of the people
in charge of the series were threatened by the people who worked for them. To
be blunt, [writers] Bryan Fuller and Mike Taylor were treated very shabbily,
and it pissed me off. They took a lot of crap, and the only reason it was done
was to keep the guys on the top of the pyramid feeling good about themselves.
It also had the effect of keeping the writing staff from working in concert as
a group. The DS9 staff by contrast was very tight. "
"The environment was chaotic
and fraught with other issues that just didn’t have anything to do with the
work. It just became another job. That’s never what I had experienced, and it
was very disappointing. We’re talking just about the work environment. That’s
aside from all the reasons that I left." "
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 2:29pm (USA Central)
That is way, way off Grumpy. He left because there was no cohesion on Voyager. No one was working together. Instead, everyone was doing their own thing and competing. The atmosphere sucked, and so did the writers.
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 11:44am (USA Central)
I think Moore left Voyager because, as he explained, he had a hard time dealing with Braga being his boss after they had worked so closely as partners.
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 9:46am (USA Central)
I’m glad Voyager did its own « Lower Decks », and this is certainly one of the better efforts of the season. I have no problem with the ending; Telfer gets some closure, while Tal and Harren pretty much stay who they are. It feels just about right.
The problem is that three new characters appearing out of nowhere at this point in the series is implausible. It was okay on the Enterprise-D because it was a big ship and personnel transfers happened all the time (and there was Sito, whom we had seen before).
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 2:25am (USA Central)
We've Moved and Stuff
im really late to this website but thank you for all the posts, you havnt posted in forever and probably wont see this but thank you for being my after episode go to website every time
- Sun, Mar 9, 2014, 11:46pm (USA Central)
I remember liking this the first time now, wth was I thinking? Probably what any 14 year old girl thought: girl Capt kicking ass for a change.
I could have lived without the close up of Chakotay's infected colony ridden neck. *shudders*
- Sun, Mar 9, 2014, 11:41pm (USA Central)
I don't think this episode was meaningless. It showed character development for Janeway and another Alien race who I judged initially the way the crew did. Alien. It has become meaningless because we don't see or hear Janeway reference the experience ever again. An opportunity might have been Scorpion part 1 or Omega directive.
I thought it was a great addition on R.D.Mcneil's part, to add the scene where Janeway is disrobed to symbolize vulnerability by removing her science/suit of armor.
- Sun, Mar 9, 2014, 11:13pm (USA Central)
Voyager writing was always garbage. Why do you think Ron Moore left after one month?
"Writers of Trek" isn't a singular group of people.
- Sun, Mar 9, 2014, 10:54pm (USA Central)
Just saw this episode for what I think is the first time. I watched TNG in the 90s, and then on Netflix, but I guess I missed this one. And that's a shame because it was very well done—a quiet, but deep episode. I loved the references to The Inner Light and how it deepens Picard's character.
I also have to give praise for the writing of Nella's character. Usually one-time guest characters with a major role in their one-time appearance are so lazily written, that you don't care about them because you know you'll never see them again. But at the end of the episode I realized I would miss Nella, and that's such a testament to Wendy Hughes, and her work portraying such a likable character. A fitting way to remember her after her passing yesterday. May she rest in peace.
- Sun, Mar 9, 2014, 9:45pm (USA Central)
More dumbing down of Q and his race.
- Sun, Mar 9, 2014, 9:42pm (USA Central)
Q was originally a brilliant character. His chemistry with Picard was excellent, and he was played to perfection. But then, towards the end of Generation and for the entirety of Voyager, the character was destroyed by brain dead and simplistic writing.
- Sun, Mar 9, 2014, 8:23pm (USA Central)
The writers of Trek just make anything happen, don't they?
A guy can release a virus into a foreign computer system that meticulously deletes the correct data. He can do this while in custody. A pheromone can wipe long term memories (and is contrary to what we know of biology at this point, let alone in 24th century).
Trek writing is lazy. Only a few episodes ever have real logic. A writer has a story he wants to write and he just bends all logic to make that happen. The number of logical and scientific errors are overwhelming.
- Sun, Mar 9, 2014, 1:19pm (USA Central)
For me this episode works better in rerun than when it aired first. When I saw it the first time, I had a WTF-moment at the end. The previous episodes, actually the whole season to date, was so action- and plot heavy that I somehow expected a bigger bang at the end of this episode. It's not that I didn't enjoy the episode, but while watching I was always anticipating something big coming up, like the solar ship getting into real trouble with life support being offline, or a space battle or something similar. Instead I saw a technical crisis that wasn't really one and Gul Dukat congratulating the Siskos for having won a bet against Cardassian pride. And that was it. I guess this was just a question of false expectations on my end. When I watched the episodes again some years later, I was able to actually enjoy the show for what it was, a quiet piece of character study.
- Sun, Mar 9, 2014, 11:42am (USA Central)
Should have brought back the original chief medical officer and chief engineer from "Caretaker". Here they seemed to have Carey be the chief engineer.
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