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dreamlife613
Sun, Sep 11, 2016, 2:22am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: The Thaw

I didn't really like this episode. I don't like clowns. I'm not scared of them, I just don't find them entertaining or funny, just annoying, especially the way they were portrayed here as dancing, singing, gyrating performers. Adding the sinister aspect just made this even more uncomfortable to watch. I will applaud that they went a pretty dark route, having characters we got to know actually die (and what a horrible way to die: being scared to death) and Janeway threaten to allow Harry Kim and the other hostages suffer brain damage rather than let the program continue was pretty badass. It was an ok episode, but I wouldn't put it as a top Voyager episode at all.
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dreamlife613
Sun, Sep 11, 2016, 2:12am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Innocence

I like Tuvok; he's probably my favorite Voyager character next to Janeway (so far) so I was happy to see him get a spotlight episode. His calm demeanor is comforting, and when presented with frightened children, he was able to convey that there is an alternative to being coddled that can get them through their ordeal. The twist, that the children were actually in their 90s and nearing the end of their lifecycle was pretty neat. The fact that they were experiencing a sort of old age dementia, which is why they couldn't explain their aging process to Tuvok, was a pretty believable explanation, too.

As other commenters point out, it is not believable or acceptable that the aliens could not explain this to Janeway. It would have made more sense to not have them meeting and touring Voyager, with ample opportunities to divulge this information and save a lot of misunderstanding.

Still, it was an enjoyable episode with an unexpected plot twist.
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dreamlife613
Sun, Sep 11, 2016, 2:00am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Deadlock

As a viewer, I was stunned that 'our' Voyager crew died. Our Harry, our baby, our entire crew when our Janeway decided to sacrifice our ship to save the other ship. This is a pretty big deal considering how convincingly they conveyed the other crew as real people with real histories. I liked the episode, and I liked that I was left feeling unsettled by the way it was resolved. Though I'd love for it to be brought up again, I fear that it probably won't; at least in my mind I know that the surviving Voyager crew knows what happened and it wasn't a literal reset.
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dreamlife613
Sun, Sep 11, 2016, 1:47am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Mudd's Women

Spot-on review. Maybe because I'm viewing this series in 2016 as a woman, but it really bothers me how the female crew members and guest stars are being handled so far in the run. The beautiful 'Mudd's women' render the otherwise smart, decent male crew members as ogling idiots was ridiculous. The resolution, that the miner had to choose between a beautiful, 'vain' woman or a pleasing, dutiful housewife may have been reflective of the times, but not at all relatable today. Also, still not happy with the portrayal of the female crewmembers. If not for referring to Uhura as Lietenant, you'd think she's an office assistant or secretary.
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dreamlife613
Sun, Sep 11, 2016, 1:33am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Charlie X

Watching this episode (and this series) for the first time in 2016, I was struck by just how scary and creepy it was compared to the other series. Despite Deep Space Nine being the "dark" Star Trek, I don't recall ever feeling scared while watching it. Sure there were some disturbing, thought-provoking incidents and episodes, but nothing scary.

In my current watch of Voyager, I've seen some revolting aliens, like the ones who steal organs, but don't recall feeling afraid while watching the episodes.

Charlie was a very disturbing character, with that strange look on his face whenever he felt threatened and angered and his rapey behavior towards the female crew was very unsettling. Would have been a better episode if the treatment of the women wasn't so dated (the character with the funny hair (Janice?) and her inability to explain what was happening to her was frustrating. The lack of follow-up to what Charlie did to Uhura (looked like he hurt her throat to stop her from singing) was unfortunate, because so far in the show, she hasn't been treated as much more than a pretty secretary in a short skirt.
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dreamlife613
Fri, Aug 26, 2016, 2:04am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

So, I watched this episode after being repeatedly warned to skip it. Those handy "binge watch" and "skip it/watch it" guides always list this one as a skipper. I saw the zero star review and was almost tempted to skip the episode. I skimmed the comments and realized that Tom would transform into a lizard creature, which piqued my interest enough to watch it.

I imagine if I were watching this episode during the original run where you had to wait a week in between new episodes I would have been pissed off by this episode. Tom Paris breaks the warp threshold, ok, whatever. Then he starts morphing into a lizard creature, kidnaps and subjects Janeway to the same fate, the two of them happen to find an ideal planet...where they can have lizard babies (!), the Voyager crew catches up to them, does some reversal magic and returns both characters to their normal state, and everything is fine. Wow. And none of this was revealed to be a dream, fantasy, or holosuite glitch?!

Rather than piling on the negatives, which have been stated by others, I'll say there were actually some strong positives. When Tom Paris is asleep on the Doctor's table and Janeway asks if he can be awakened, The Doctor leans foreward and yells "WAKE UP" at Tom, lol. I don't usually find The Doctor as charming as others do, but this was funny. Also, the grotesque changes Paris goes through - the writers actually thought it through (to a degree) in terms of slowly morphing him into a lizard over the course of the episode. When Paris is behind a forcefield sans tongue and starts pleading to be released, it was actually kind of sad. Especially when he started banging into the barrier.

I wonder what happened to the Janeway and Paris' lizard babies. *shudders* That was so bizarre.
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dreamlife613
Fri, Aug 26, 2016, 1:49am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Meld

Tuvok is one of the most likable characters on the Voyager crew, so I was glad to see him be the star of an episode for a change. I'm not as familiar with Star Trek lore as the others here, so this episode felt fresh for me. Tuvok and his Vulcan lack of emotion were mentioned before, but I never realized that Vulcans actually suppress their emotions until B'Elanna mentioned it a couple episodes back. That is fascinating of itself, but when Tuvok mind melds and ends up capable of letting out his darker emotions, things get really interesting. While it would have been easy (and lazy) to just have Tuvok become an uninhibited, crazy jerk for the hour, I am glad the writers stayed close to his true character. He didn't drastically change his morals, they only intensified. He became determined to have Suder pay for the crime of murder. This is not inconsistent with Tuvok's stated mindset before he was influenced by the mind meld.

Bonus: Neelix getting murdered by Tuvok, lol. The fact that Tuvok created a special holosuite program where Neelix becomes more and more annoying to the point where the only option is to strangle him is amusing on so many different levels.
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