For their first away mission following their escape from the Diviner's clutches and their warping through the unknowns of the Delta Quadrant (that's where we are, as there's a mention of passing through Hirogen space), the crew lands on an uninhabited but lush planet to escape the confines of the ship and take a quick stroll to explore. What could go wrong?
"Dream Catcher" is a serviceable Trekkian episode in the tried-and-true subgenre of "crew sees illusions of what they desire." For example, Dal finds projections of his real parents (whom he never met) but can't see their faces. Pog finds a home in the middle of a fart swamp, proving that deep down he's Shrek. Zero finds the Protostar's mysterious engine in the middle of a forest — because mysteries are so all-consuming and intriguing to him. Rok finds a lot of cute creatures that are cuddly. All of this is being supplied to our characters by the planet in an attempt to lure them in and keep them there forever so it can ... eat them? (If this planet hopes to sustain itself by eating the few people who happen to land there, that seems about as effective as fueling the Death Star with a drop of gasoline.)
Already, Dal's incompetence and arrogance as self-appointed captain is looking to be an early weakness on this show. The way he takes pleasure in Gwyn being locked up seems needlessly cruel and shortsighted, and his casual disregard for his crewmates as he takes the dune buggy out for a spin is overly immature. Yeah, he's a kid, but so is everyone else. This is laying on the wrong-headed inexperience so heavily that it becomes self-defeating and simply makes the character unlikable.
Gwyn breaks out of her cell and is able to quickly take control of the ship (realizing that she has special skills; perhaps she is the show's "prodigy"?) and sends a message to her father, alerting him to where she and the Protostar are located. But with the planet's tenacious tentacles preventing takeoff, the episode ends with the ship crashing and the entire crew stranded. "Dream Catcher" is really the first part of a two-parter, and as such, inconclusive.
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