Thursday, July 02, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 26 - Cold Fire

"An Ocampan helps Kes with her mental abilities as the crew encounter a being who appears to be the Caretaker's female counterpart."

I liked this episode. Voyager crew finds out that there is another Caretaker out there, a female. They venture off to track her down. They stumble upon a space station, full of Ocampan. This is a real surprise as Kes always thought that she was one of only a few Ocampan left. They meet the leader Tanis. He is played by Gary Graham, who I really like but honestly he has guest starred on TNG and Enterprise, as well as Of Gods and ruins the illusion to be on so many series as different characters!

Tanis shows Kes that she has telepathic powers beyond what she dreams. Tuvok offers to train her to improve her skills, but Tanis insists on doing it. She begins to move objects and (in a great scene) she learns how to boil water with her mind. This power gets out of control and she boils Tuvoks face!! This scene was actually horrifying, it reminded me of when Michael Jackson turned in to a werewolf in the Thriller video. That really scared the shit out of me!

The finally track down the Caretaker and it is in the form of a little girl named Susparia. Janeway expects her to help them, but she is pissed over the death of the other Caretaker and she goes nuts. She starts killing crewmembers, it really turns into a horror movie at this point. Janeway captures Susperia but shows her sympathy and lets her free. She then vanishes off of the ship. Janeway vows to convince Susperia to help them get home.

Meanwhile Tanis wants Kes to go back to the space station with him. She refuses but he gets aggressive and Neelix steps in. eventually he gives up. Tuvok takes over as Kes's trainer. Fantastic episode!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 25 - Tattoo

"Chakotay encounters non-humans that have the same tattoo on their foreheads that he has."

Unfortunately this episode was not about the Voyager crew going to Fantasy Island. Nonetheless, it was good. They finally linked Native Americans and an Alien encounter! I seriously always wanted this to happen. I feel it was well done, others disagree.

Chakotay keeps having flashbacks to when his father took him to the Central American Rain Forest looking for his ancestors. Years later Chakotay is on a planet and he finds people that look like him and speak his Native language. They explain that thousands of years ago they went to America and met people wandering through a snow covered landscape. They did not have language or knowledge of farming etc.. These aliens gave them these skills and told them to travel to a warmer climate. From then on Native Americans referred to them as the Sky Spirits. This is sort of what I hoped they would do, but maybe talk about taking some of the Natives into space with them. Like, link up the Anasazi with it or something. Or not, who really gives a shit.

There is a scene where a crewmember says that he served under Captain Sulu, which I thought was a cool reference.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 24 - Persistence of Vision

"The crew experience hallucinations brought on by an alien that put them into a trance-like state."

Good, throwback, TOS type episode. The episode had the basic setup of; they happen upon a single unknown alien and he causes havoc. This alien even looks rather crappy, just like TOS. Anyway, he has the ability to telepathically take a persons buried memory and bring to life before their eyes. Every crewmember ends up "mesmerized". The only ones left are Kes (a telepath) and the Doctor (a hologram). They work together to stop the alien and capture him. While Janeway is reading the alien the riot act (whatever the hell that means), he comments that "there is only one problem ... I was never even here". Then he disappears. Hope to see this thing again, it was a cool villain.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 23 - Parturition

So Neelix's jealousy boils over and he attacks Paris. Although Neelix is not at all tough. Which I don't like. In the pilot they made him seem tough...then he ends up as a pacifist chef? Anyway, eventually Neelix and Paris end up trapped on a planet together...because why not? They must work together to survive and also take care of a baby dinosaur??? So dumb. Meanwhile The Doctor tells Kes that Paris is indeed attracted to her, Paris also admits this to Neelix. Kes reaffirms that she loves Neelix. Then everyone ends up friends. Which would never happen in real life. Either way...Kes is so adorable.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 22 - Twisted

"A region of space distorts the interior of Voyager."

After having a birthday party for Kes, the ship suddenly turns into a maze. No matter which way you walk you end up looping around to the same spot. Everyone is just basically walking around the ship the entire time trying to figure out where to go, but it was actually an interesting episode. This episode has that "crewman" that is always going to the gym in it... he shows up numerous times in the series and he is always "on his way to the gym". Anyway, the subplot is about Neelix being jealous about Kes and her friendship with Paris. In the end, the incident ended up being due to a sentient energy being ... as always.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 21 - Non Sequitur

"Harry Kim wakes up in 24th century San Francisco with no record of him on Voyager."

After an incident on a shuttlecraft, Kim wakes up next to his ex-girlfriend in San Francisco. His time on Voyager had never happened. He tries to figure out what is going on by accessing sensitive Starfleet info. He sees that Tom Paris is on Earth and tracks him down. Paris also never ended up on Voyager but is rather an ex-Marqui spy. Paris is skeptical but eventually helps Harry.

Harry gets in trouble from Starfleet because of his actions. Then he discovers that there has been an alien following him, this alien is sort of like a time-line guardian...I guess. Then it gets really confusing. Eventually he gets pulled from the time-shift and put back into the proper timeline. The episode started off good, then got sort of dumb. Still, I liked seeing more of Harry Kim's character. Garrett Wang was good in this one, the woman that played his girlfriend however ... was god awful.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 20 - Elogium

"Space-dwelling life-forms cause Kes to enter the Ocampan fertile phase called Elogium, putting pressure on her relationship with Neelix when she wants to have his child."

Kes goes through puberty episode. Weird. The ship is attacked by these space life-forms...they have actually mistook the ship for a male of their species and are attempting to mate with Voyager. This somehow causes Kes to prematurely go through puberty (which I find to her behavior to be far too stereotypical; moody, can't stop eating blah blah blah). Kes and Neelix talk about having children, and it is revealed that a crewmember is pregnant.

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