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Hal Berstram
Wed, Feb 25, 2015, 6:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

OK - I'll probably be certified and locked up for saying this but for sheer flat-out gonzo entertainment value this is one of the best episodes of Voyager, maybe one of the best episodes of any of the Trek franchises. I'd give it 3.5 stars, docking half a star for implausibility. But if we're going to start knocking points off for implausibility maybe we have to just score EVERY episode at zero stars because the way the ship gets knocked about and roughed up pretty much every episode and is then back to a pristine brand-new state next week is actually just as implausible as anything on offer here. Some good performances and a plot that definitely isn't run of the mill "spatial anomalies" or the usual techy plots. For me this was a winner.
Supplemental note:Note the warp factors used in TOS and in TNG are not comparable. When TNG started Roddenberry apparently decided that Warp 10 should be the absolute maximum speed and so the warp factor would asymptotically approach 10 for faster and faster velocities. Hence we hear in "Caretaker" that Voyager's max speed is Warp 9.975 or some such. I have to say this asymptotic warp scale strikes me as ludicrous - presumably by the year 3000 they are all travelling at warp 9.9999999 or some nonsense - but that's the way it is.
The idea of the warp 10 shuttle being everywhere in physical space in the universe at the same time is obviously ludicrous - for one thing it would annihilate all other matter. It makes more sense if it is somehow outside space entirely (as is supposed to be the case with standard warp speeds) - perhaps in another dimension. But in terms of basic entertainment "Threshold" delivers.
Where I do agree with Jammer is that there's no obvious reason they couldn't have used warp 10 and modified the Voyager engines to get home instantaneously if the doctor's antiproton treatment works. So it would have been best if this had been the series finale and then the end was Voyager turning up in the Alpha Quadrant, a search and rescue ship being sent to intercept them, the rescue team beaming onto Voyager and finding 150 giant slugs with only the Doc able to explain what happened. What a way to end it!
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Hal Berstram
Tue, Feb 24, 2015, 5:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Prototype

If you can get past the ludicrous conceit that the Voyager crew would try to resuscitate an artificial life form they know absolutely *zilcho* about (Tuvok's "this is a security risk - understatement of the century!) then this was actually a good episode - maybe 3 stars. The robots looked reassuringly "Buck Rogers" - I kept expecting that little guy who went "biddledediddledediddlededeee" to pop his head round the door (Tweaky, was it?) one thing this episode proves is that the writers of "Nemesis" never watched Voyager. Mr Data is alive and well several decades after TNG in this timeline...
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Hal Berstram
Sun, Feb 15, 2015, 12:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: The 37's

I've recently started watching Voyager all the way through on Amazon instant video, having only seen "Caretaker" on initial transmission. There's an interesting howler in this episode: Paris is showing Earhart the helm console and says that Warp 9.9 is "about 4 billion miles a second". Given that the speed of light is approx 186,000 miles a second, that means that Voyager's maximum cruising speed is around 21,500 times the speed of light. In which case all they need to do is set course for Earth, foot to the floor and they would be back home in less than 3 and a half years. So what's the problem? Really someone on the show should have done the basic maths to work out that "4 billion miles per second" is far too fast to be the ship's top speed given they're 75 years from home.
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Hal Berstram
Tue, Feb 9, 2010, 5:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Royale

An excellent summary of a very mixed season that nonetheless probably saved TNG. If they'd done another season like season 1 it would probably have been all over. (Nowadays it'd be all over after half a season if they'd started that badly!)

The only rating I'd disagree with in any major way here is 'The Royale' which I love. It feels very much like the kind of crazy plotline that the British sci-fi writer Douglas Adams (of "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" fame) would have written. Some poor astronaut gets trapped in a facsimile of a trashy novel which he was carrying when he was rescued by aliens... it's a hilarious concept and the kind of thing that TNG could have done with a lot more of IMHO.
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