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Mon, Aug 15, 2011, 8:57am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Relativity

This is just a fun, goofy time travel extravaganza. It has zero depth, but it's engaging, fun and entertaining with some neat twists. Voyager did this kind of stuff very well.
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Mon, Aug 15, 2011, 8:55am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: 11:59

I remember really not liking this episode when I first saw it (going back about 11 years, I think); it just seemed so random and pointless. Second time around and I enjoyed it a lot more - it's still random and still a bit pointless, but it's also a nice change of pace (although it would have been nice if it had been spaced a bit apart from 'Someone to watch over me' - two very quiet episodes next to each other). Kate Mulgrew gets to show more humanity in her portrayal here than in the entire season and I enjoyed the relaxed, easy-going nature of the episode. The best word to describe this ep is 'pleasant'.
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Mon, Aug 15, 2011, 8:50am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Someone to Watch Over Me

Utterly charming episode and so refreshing to see Voyager break the formula - no aggressive bumpy-headed aliens of the week, no exploding consoles and overblown dramatics, just a thoroughly entertaining light-hearted piece of whimsy, done very well. Was there ever any follow-up to the Doc's feelings for Seven? It was touchingly handled by Picardo.
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Mon, Aug 8, 2011, 5:21am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Dark Frontier

Voyager's greatest strengths and weaknesses exemplified here: it's ability to create engaging, action-packed episodes that no appealed to a wide demographic, for they are quite easy to follow for the more casual viewer.

It's weakness is that the writing isn't as good as it could have been. It's a solid enough episode and it goes from A to B to C in a reasonable manner, but there's just not enough plot to sustain a two hour episode. It's pretty stretched and I didn't feel the characterisation probed as deeply as it could have. The endless exchanges between Seven and the Borg Queen lacked spark and drama. With some tighter writing, their scenes could really have been something special. It just never went anywhere.

The Hansen flashbacks were adequate, although maybe a little unnecessary and unfortunately they p****d all over continuity, in a major way. The Hansens, whose obsession with the Borg bordered on idiocy, also have to be the most astoundably
irresponsible parents ever seen on Trek. They obviously didn't care about their daughter's safety one little bit.

Apart from that, it's still an enjoyable episode, if you keep the brain in neutral. Kind of the Trek equivalent of a Hollywood popcorn movie - something Voyager did well.
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Mon, Aug 8, 2011, 5:10am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: The Disease

I found the scene where Janeway takes Kim to task for having sex without her permission unintentionally hilarious. I found it amusing that crew members have to get the captain's permission before they have sex with other species. I had an image of Janeway sitting at her desk going through a pile of permission forms with a rubber stamp.

Pretty terrible episode though - the romance was insipid and hampered by poor writing and profoundly mediocre performances and the plot involving the alien ship and the dissidents...well, it seemed like an afterthought and as though the writers didn't really care.
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Mon, Aug 8, 2011, 5:04am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

I'm amazed that so many people liked this. I thought it was utterly abysmal. Like many Voyager episodes, on the surface the execution was passable and it had some earnest performances, reasonable direction, production etc - but it was based on a deeply, deeply flawed premise, filled with irreconcilably deep plot holes. How the hell did the silver goo recreate the entire ship and all its technology? I just can't accept it.

And the overall premise is not only pointless, it's depressing and quite twisted. It's like watching one of those slasher movies where the only reason people watch is to see people suffering and die and get some kind of kick out of it. This is one of the most illogical, misconceived, twisted and depressing episodes of Star Trek I've ever seen.

I recall this was about the point I gave up on Voyager, even though I forced myself to keep watching a while longer. I started re-watching recently, determined to watch with an open mind and desperately wanting to like it more this time...but with so many ill-conceived, terribly written episodes like this I can see myself abandoning ship before the end again.
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Wed, Aug 3, 2011, 1:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Gravity

It's nice to see Tuvok get a turn in the spotlight (I found he'd really been side-lined following Seven's arrival), but this was a really mediocre episode. The moment I saw yet ANOTHER shuttle crash I think part of me switched off. It's a tired old premise and this brings nothing new to the table. I didn't find the relationship between Tuvok and Noss at all involving and it wasn't helped by Lorri Petty's frankly dire performance.
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Tue, Aug 2, 2011, 4:37am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Bride of Chaotica!

I really enjoy a lot of the holodeck eps from TNG and DS9 (Our Man Bashir is one of my favourite DS9s - so incredibly fun!). Alas, the holodeck overusage in Voyager has sickened me by this point. Captain Proton is fun, but is best in very small doses and simply can't sustain an entire episode. I liked the idea of aliens mistaking a holodeck simulation as reality, but this absolutely lacks the sense of fun and humour it needs. It's a bit of a bore actually...

Also, I don't know what's up with Janeway this season but she's becoming unbearable. She's become a sour-faced, gravel-voiced authoritarian monster - the boss from hell basically. And though I recently praised Mulgrew's acting, it can just as easily swing the opposite way. I wasn't impressed here. The scene in the conference room prior to her joining the simulation made me realise how fake Mulgrew's nuances can be at times, she very much comes across as an actor being an actor (in this scene trying to be funny - but it's too telegraphed to work). The coffee scene with Neelix was probably meant to be fun, but made me realised just how much I'm coming to despise the woman.
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Tue, Aug 2, 2011, 4:37am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Latent Image

Definitely a 'hmmm' episode. I liked the way it was built up, it was intriguing even though the mystery reminded me a lot of TNG's "Clues". Robert Picardo acts his socks off. It fell apart at the end for me though. I simply didn't buy the Doc's 'breakdown' over Jetal's death. He's been in far worse predicaments and been unaffected. As the key component of the plot, I just didn't quite buy it. I also agree that the way the other characters treat him - especially Janeway, who is coming across very unsympathetic this season - is an inexplicable regression. This story might have worked in the first or even second season but didn't quite fit at this point in the series. It kind of annoys me when the Voyager writers bend characterisation and what little progression there is in the narrative just to fit this week's plot. The episode started off so well - it all just fell apart a bit...
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Sun, Jul 31, 2011, 8:58am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Counterpoint

A really strong episode, engagingly done with an appropriately gritty feel to it. It's always good when you actually feel Voyager's predicament of being stranded in the Delta Quadrant so keenly. The only qualms I have are the fact that Kashyk's defection seemed so unwarranted and unbelievable from the get-go. He didn't have a strong reason to defect and as a result Janeway and the crew seemed incredibly gullible to trust him. I felt the notion of a little semi-fling between Janeway and Kashyk was a little forced and unnecessary, but the actors did a nice job with it anyway. I have a lot of problems with Janeway as a character, which is just about all down to the inconsistent writing the character received, but Kate Mulgrew really is very good in the role.
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Sun, Jul 31, 2011, 8:53am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Timeless

One of Voyager's strongest episodes definitely. It would probably be churlish of me to note that it doesn't have a fraction of the power or resonance of DS9's "The Visitor", an episode of reminded me of a fair bit - but for what it is, it works very well. Although the reset is inevitable, it's still so engaging that it entertains throughout.

Interesting that Garrett Wang seems far more comfortable (and gives a far stronger performance) as the bitter older Kim than the regular Kim. Only Chakotay's presence seems a bit superfluous here and comes across as a little too bland - and his girlfriend is the epitome of pointless. But great to see Geordi in a cameo role. Good stuff
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Fri, Jul 29, 2011, 11:55am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Nothing Human

"Janeway to Kim: beam the creature off B'elanna!"
"I'm having trouble getting a lock!"

Given the amount of times Kim is unable to get a transporter lock on someone/something, I begin to wonder - does he even know how to use a transporter?
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Mon, Jul 25, 2011, 4:10am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

I find it impossible to buy the basic premise here - that Species 8472 has gone to all the effort of recreating Starfleet command in such impeccable detail and disguising themselves and behaving EXACTLY as humans. I didn't believe a word of it. It stretches credibility to breaking point and beyond.

Even if we accept that 8472 can make themselves look like humans, I found it impossible to believe they could so easily behave so human (the fact Chakotay even romances one of them was quite cringeworthy). I just didn't buy it! The episode was interesting and intriguing, but I couldn't get over my fundamental lack of belief in the plot.

As with many Voyager episodes, I get the impression that Braga and co like to come up with high-concept hooks for their episodes that sound really cool (aliens recreating Starfleet headquarters in a prelude to invading the alpha quadrant!) and then try to flesh them out from there, even when the logic simply doesn't fit.
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Mon, Jul 25, 2011, 4:00am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Once Upon a Time

Star Trek and children usually don't mix. The only exception I can think of was DS9, as both Jake and Nog worked as characters and weren't irritants as kids usually are on Trek. That said, the actress portraying Naomi is inoffensive and quite charming, but I could still live without her. This episode isn't a total loss, but it's hardly a masterpiece either. The plot is very basic and the characterisation, although passable, isn't exactly riveting.
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Mon, Jul 25, 2011, 3:56am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Drone

This episode was engaging and compelling, but no way was it a four-star effort. For me it was far too derivative of "I Borg" and I had a problem with the guy playing the Borg - while his delivery was often fine, he still played it far too 'cutesy' at times and his walk was hilarious - whenever he moved it was so obvious it was an actor trying hard to 'do the robot'. As someone said he walked like Kryten from Red Dwarf. I also wonder at Voyager's decision to make the Borg speak like regular humans - why didn't they use the vocoder effect they used on Locutus and Hugh, for example? That was highly effective and made the Borg seem more Borg. I also didn't buy the climax in this episode and One's self-sacrifice. Nothing in the story really justifies One's willingness to make sacrifice himself for the Voyager crew - it was obviously just done because the writers had backed themselves into a corner and had to end the story. As a result I found the climax lacked the emotional resonance it really thought it had. As I said, it was an engaging episode, but ultimately didn't quite work for me. 3 stars from me.
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