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Banjo
Sun, Nov 22, 2009, 11:22am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Good Shepherd

I really liked Harren as a character. Frankly, I'd rather see the likes of "edgier" characters like Harren, Carey, Suder, etc. as a member of the *regular* cast than some of the bland, dull "feel good" folks we got in Voyager.

Other than that, this episode once again makes me hate Janeway (pompous, deluded, idiotic, take your pick) and the "Good Shepherd" stuff was sickening (the opposite of what we got in the - IMO - very good 'Lower Decks' of TNG).

Oh yes, and the is no ending, is there? Just Janeway's delusional ramblings. Also, it's a shame we'll likely never see these three again after all that... heaven forbid we have any sort of continuity or continuing characters, eh?

Final observation I'm surprised doesn't annoy more people... why the HECK do they need to physically CARRY the orders on a Padd from one end of the ship to the other?! Can't they use the comms? Or the computer? Or anything?! Oh, I noticed on the Flyer Janeway tells Celes to upload her tricorder info into the computer... and Celes seems to be punching it all in MANUALLY! I guess there is no wireless in Voyager's tech. Or intercoms.
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Banjo
Thu, Nov 19, 2009, 6:58am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Latent Image

A.k.a. Red Dwarf's S2 "Thanks For The Memory", only not done as well.

Good (if stolen) idea with real potential... poor execution, IMO (typical Voyager plot-holes and idiocy abounds).
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Banjo
Wed, Nov 18, 2009, 8:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Memorial

You know, off-hand I can't think of a fictional character - certainly not in sci-fi - that I HATE more than Janeway (and that's even including characters written specifically TO be hated!). I don't just dislike Janeway, everything about her I find distasteful and/or annoying.

In this episode, as soon as she became involved (notably as the person who stood against the massacre... Mary Sue Janeway again!) I KNEW she would want to keep forcing other spacegoers to relive the trauma of the massacre... and what Janeway wants - torture of prisoners included - Janeway gets!

While I get the point that "nobody should forget", the monument here is hardly fair on those who stumble across it... you don't even just witness the massacre, you TAKE PART IN IT! Essentially, anyone affected is mentall violated - "raped" - in a way OTHER trek episodes will revile.

Chakotay once again is right on the money here, but Janeway overrules him as usual... why there was never a real mutiny on Voyager, I don't know! She has no business captaining a starship.

Frankly, I'd rather go on a mission with Nelix than Janeway... at least the Talaxian, for all his annoying stupidity, has his heart in the right place (most of the time!). Not so Janeway, IMO.

Hey, too bad Sudor wasn't around still to experience the massacre... he might had had a great time! :D
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Banjo
Wed, Aug 26, 2009, 11:50am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Living Witness

I love B5 but (while I wouldn't call them similar enough to compare) I actually enjoyed this episode much more than 'Deconstruction of Falling Stars' (less openly "preachy").

The little details are indeed what makes this really shine as a piece of television and not just one of the best eps of Voyager I've seen. It's up there with some of the really good TNG stuff, and for me that's high praise. Even the ending was TNG-like in its "moving but not too sappy" note.

I wonder though if part of my enjoyment of this ep was that the cast seemed to not just be having more fun (of course) playing the "evil" Voyager crew, but that they actually seemed more "in character" to me... I much preferred and believed Mulgrew as Evil Janeway than as Regular Janeway", likewise Beltran seemed much more comfortable as Evil Chakotay!

Come to think of it, while I have no doubt that the powers behind Trek would ever go THAT dark with a show, I think it again proves that Voyager would have worked better if it had been a much "darker" show (as the initial premise suggests).
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Banjo
Wed, Aug 26, 2009, 11:31am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Unforgettable

I'm glad to see "hypocrisy" being thrown around a lot in both the review and comments, because that's the thing that stood out most in this episode.

Putting aside Kellin's own "change of heart" and doing what she captured others for doing (there's lots of "redeemed" assassins, bounty hunters, rebels, criminals, etc. in fiction), my bigger problem was with Chakotay and Voyager: C & K were celebrating MIND WIPING the last guy with drinks last time she was there?! It just doesn't strike me as something Chakotay (never mind the other crew) would be HAPPY about (even if they felt it was necessary, which it wasn't).

Also, could Chakotay have been SLOWER on the draw when the tracer zapped his lover's mind? He waited until he was actually FIRING before even warning him? If he really cared about Kellin, he'd have stunned (or vaporized!) the guy the minute he appeared (he knew why he was there).

Not to mention, why give the guy his weapon back and let him put a VIRUS in your computer (?!) before letting him go? Bad enough to just let him go and take Kellin, but let him wipe your records and how to detect these guys if they show up again too?!

Also, I kept waiting for a twist to the script (Kellin's story seemed SO unlikely - "Nobody remembers us, we wipe your computers, our ships are cloaked" etc. - I thought there had to be one), but no. Everything (illogical) that she said was apparently true; those poorly done flashbacks were the proof.

I agree with the comment that Tuvok's chat with Chakotay about security for Neelix was the one good moment. Everything else was dull and badly written.

I came away feeling sorry for Beltran that Chakotay got this nonsense written for him.

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Banjo
Sat, Aug 8, 2009, 7:35am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: The Thaw

Whoa. My first time through Voyager and I just hit this episode. Easily one of my favourites so far (I think it will be hard to beat), with superb performances (McKean is always great, though... I was thrilled to see him here). Janeway is SO "un-Starfleet" but for once it serves her character well rather than make her seem reckless and stupid (but why couldn't she show this kind of utter ruthlessness with - say - the Vidians or Kazon?!). TNG's Picard could be tough when he needed to be, but this episode is perhaps the best schance to show that Janeway and the Delta Quadrant could give us a VERY different sort of captain. The ending is dark, and not just literally, and wonderfully played and paced (I was floored that they ended THERE, and not with some trite follow-up "we defeated our fears" speech at the end). I was also surprised and impressed that they let the poor "messenger" die and didn't save him "in the nick of time" as Trek normally might. All in all, impressive and very cool.
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Banjo
Sat, Aug 8, 2009, 7:26am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Phage

I'm watching Voyager through for the first time and (aside from laughing out loud when Nelix's LUNGS - of all things - were stolen) I found it utterly stupid that Janeway just "scolded" the Vidians here... these were organ-harvesting thieves who openly attacked her crew, yet her idea of a suitable reaction is to warn them "never do it again"!? This isn't the warm and fuzzy Alpha Quadrant... she should have taken back Nelix's lungs (regardless of who was now using them) and THEN sent the other Vidian off with her warning of zero tolerance... or else just spaced them both. I wonder if Lt. Durst might agree with me?
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