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Rod Sullivan
Sat, Jan 3, 2015, 7:48am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Riddles

MisterFred nailed it. Very powerful. And they both still carry the Tuvix memories. Quite a connection there. Hate and guilt. Still, Tuvok does dance as Neelix leaves in Homestead-I'm surprised he didn't carry Neelix's bag to the Transporter Room for him. I'd be equally surprised if Neelix's departure didn't throw Tuvok into a Pon Farr.....(no relation to Jamie) (=
Tuvok DESPISED Neelix! Whew!!
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Rod Sullivan
Mon, Dec 29, 2014, 11:32am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Living Witness

@navamske.....It's not unlikely that other space charting species would divide the galaxy into sections or in this case, quadrants, to help order and facilitate the cartography of the galaxy....and it seems equally likely that each of these species would designate the area from which they arise as the 'Prime' quadrant. In essence, every species should believe they originate from the 'Alpha' quadrant.

Great episode....Stellar direction from Tim Russ!

'Paris' to 'Neelix': "Watch your mouth, hedgehog." Oh, that is priceless!
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Rod Sullivan
Mon, Dec 29, 2014, 9:33am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Nemesis

The merits of this episode have been more than adequately recognized by previous posters so I won't restate the many reasons that this is a highlight episode for Voyager and for the underused and underappreciated actor Robert Beltran.
I must, however, mention that the writers missed a great opportunity (and did Chakotay a great disservice) at the end of this episode when, after Janeway follows Chakotay into the corridor, the dialog leads our first officer to remark along the lines that he hopes it's as easy to stop hating as it was to start.
What?
Easy?
For Chakotay?
To hate?
Never mind that he's already well established as being a gentle spirit who reasons away hate as a reaction and eschews violence as a means or a response to even the most justifiable provocation at every opportunity, but it clearly took most of this episode of his absorbing a genuine Hollywood PoundingTM which included the rigors of what seemed to be days of jungle warfare, a bleeding gunshot wound, multiple blows to the head and, finally, being staked to the ground beneath a blazing sun and left for dead before his attitude and actions fully succumbed to the motivation of hate rather than those of defense of innocents and self preservation.
There was nothing easy about Chakotay's transformation whatsoever from a peaceful, tolerant man to a man who could betray his evolved and noble approach to such a challenge (and his allegiance to the PD); indeed he was still on his way to contact the Voyager until the attack on the Village of InnocentsTM. It's a cheap dismissal of the pains he endured in NOT giving in to hate.
Chakotay should have remarked that he hoped it wouldn't be as DIFFICULT to STOP hating as it as it was to start.

Um....also....if I may
The visual effect for the Tuvok reveal at the end was lame.
As far as I was shown, Chakotay wasn't brainwashed to recognize everyone he sees as a Kradin. Tuvok is Tuvok. Lazy writing made worse by poor effects.
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