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PaulH
Sat, Nov 21, 2020, 9:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: The Thaw

This one had its moments, but some parts of it strained my suspension of disbelief. I thought the creepy, nightmarish feel of the episode was good. The Doctor's abrupt interruption of Kim's "surgery" with his dry humor gave me a good chuckle.

The ending was ok. It was not really surprising or profound, but it seemed like it was trying to be. I don't see how a sadist clown is the embodiment of the concept of fear, and if the ending was supposed to make some kind of insightful statement about fear, it missed me. The metaphor doesn't seem very well formed.

The idea of the victims being "scared to death" is a little hard to accept. As a previous poster said, Starfleet medicine should easily be able to revive people after a heart attack (especially since it can already be done with today's technology).

Also as another poster said, it didn't make much sense to risk Kim and Torres when the doctor could have been sent in to investigate from the very beginning. Somehow the always logical Tuvok was the one who suggested risking people's lives when there was a much safer option. The option they chose involved pulling out the corpses of people who suffered heart attacks and showed signs of severe psychological stress and then immediately putting some Starfleet officers in their place. Sounds safe, right?

I also wondered if they could send the doctor in, why couldn't they send in an entire AI army?

Overall I thought it mostly succeeded at creating a tense nightmarish atmosphere in the simulation contrasted with some good humor provided by the doctor. The character of "Fear the clown" was well acted. The setup was flawed, and the ending was straight out of the TOS playbook: captain wins by tricking the bad guy. As with many Voyager episodes, they don't show what happens after the conflict is resolved, so who knows what happens to the survivors or the planet. I give it 2.5 stars.
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