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Nurath
Tue, Sep 13, 2016, 6:11am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

I gotta agree with the sentiments here that while in isolation a good "old fashioned" Trek episode, in the context of Species 8472 it was a disaster.

After the Borg the Fluidic Space Aliens offered the most compelling and greatest threat to the Star Trek universe.
This was a species that WRECKED THE BORG at every engagement.

The Borg have been a staple of high-tension stakes and drama for Star Trek through it's run since TNG, and yet when we get a species that out-classes the Borg in the existential threat stakes we hear nothing of them for ages then suddenly a sort of whimpering goodbye in this episode.

They are robbed of all real threat for the viewer, humanized quite literally, everyone kisses and hugs and makes up (again for Chakotay, quite literally) and then forgotten.

I might even risk saying that it was a concious decision to castrate the species and consign them to Star trek history.

A tragic loss of opportunity for further exploration and expansion of Species 8472 in a compelling way.
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