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Franklin Newman
Sat, Jan 23, 2021, 1:12am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Persistence of Vision

This is one of my favorite episodes. Why shouldn't a busy captain relax with a Gothic novel? It's a fantasy, a chance to live a life she didn't choose. No one complains about what the male characters want in their fantasy life do-overs? Why is a rip-off of classic lit so offensive?

Besides, the whole theme of the show is basically about ghosts indirectly. It's a magic battle disguised as a psionic battle, but this is on all fronts a ghost story.

It would have been more interesting, and more focused, had Janeway and Kes teamed up. Perhaps Kes protecting Janeway, while Janeway takes the dialogue of the doctor? But still, the most satisfying way to deal with a villain is to reflect his energy back at him and turn his strength against him.

I simply see this as a rather fun and compelling ghost story. Not every episode needs to be a rock'um sock'um physical fight & phaser battle.

True, I'm a bit disappointed that we learned nothing about the intruder. Properly dealing with him might've made an interesting final scene.

But on the other hand, if you ignore pent up negative energy and thoughts for too long, sooner or later they will turn on you.

Just consider this a ghost story and everything is fine. And besides, that was a brief, but great, esoteric battle at the end.
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