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METZGER
Tue, Mar 24, 2020, 12:19am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Ex Post Facto

Watching in 2020. Its yet another Voyager ep that has a decent enough boiler plate Star Trek TOS style plot, however the characters just fall completely flat.

Tuvok has so far nothing to distinguish him from Spock. (I would also contend its nearly impossible to have a Vulcan character differentiated from Spock, but lets see what happens w Tuvok going forward.)

Kim likewise has little character devleopment so far. But Paris is just the worst. He's the kind of character I dislike in other shows and watch Star Trek to avoid. He wouldn't last two seconds in a real military organization. I suppose the point of him is that he was a prisoner and so untypically Starfleet. But it just... doesn't quite work. He's no Harrison Ford, able to pull off the cocky jerk in a charming way. He's also certainly no Riker, able to embody his ladies man creepyness with a strong morality of consent. He's just a punk...
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METZGER
Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 8:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Phage

This show is insane haha. His LUNGS were removed.

Wierd it seemed to be heading towards an ep about how Neelix needs to follow orders but then it dropped that for a Worf-is-paralyzed-lite episode, way too much time spent on that honestly really weird..

aaaannnyyway. By far the wierdest part is Janeway sparing the new villains and making Ness give a lung. Whut. At least say his lungs got the Phage now.

Its just a bizarre mashup of TOS fun with TNG ideals... the ghost of TNG haunts this show and does a disservice to it.. the high mindedness of the ideals and years of canon doesn't really jell with the more swashbuckling vibe of this show.

BUT plenty of time to course-correct.. I hope
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METZGER
Tue, Mar 10, 2020, 11:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Caretaker

Just finished DS9 so I figured Id finnally give Voyager a try


Wow this is all over the map! Kind of a mess. Really strong premise and ideas for a series though.

Its crazy to me they basically slapped in a full TOS premise, along with introducing all of these characters, and raced over the Bajorian vs Cardasian plot to boot. They seemingly had no interest in winning over new viewers at the start...

I kinda think this show would have benefited from some newer sets and uniforms too. Its frankly odd to see such a TNG styled show with a slightly more cinematic bend and more violent tendencies. DS9 had a really interesting, really new setting that really helped it stand out. I liked the Klingons 80s action girl dress, but sadly shes just in a poorly fitting uniform by the next episode.

Characters seem to be... a little questionable tbh. Holographic doctor and Neelix are both fun and interesting immediately. Tuvac just seems exactly like Spock. Tom Paris is.... a questionable actor so far..... not buying this guy as a badass at all. Captain Janeway seems... fine. The Actress is solid and I buy her as a leader. But... really generic so far. The other actors seem similarly under par so far for a star trek show. DS9 had a really solid cast and TNG took a while to warm up, but the acting had a confidence that seems to be missing in this ep.

I know this show takes a while to work out the kinks and frankly its still in the spirit of Trek overall so Ill most likely watch the whole dang thing.

Also.. I mean Janeway seems fine so far. But Weve seen both Kirk and Picard in similar situations as the ship in this ep, and they always manage to get their crew home in one ep, not 7 seasons. I wish they had a simpler and more challanging setup for how Voyager ended up so far away. I just think it sets up the captain as kind of a failure right away. Which could be interesting though, if they run with that premise.

Alright those are my Oh So Important thoughts about this 25 yr old show.
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