Thursday, February 04, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 134 - Memorial

Voyager is on a role. Another original idea. The ship passes near a planet and the crewmembers start experiencing severe PTSD and flashbacks to a brutal land battle. They soon figure out that they had been involved in this fight, but their memories were erased. Slowly they remember and it soon becomes clear that during this battle they massacred 87 civilians. They are soon drawn to the planets surface were they remember more terrible details. Janeway finally discovers a giant monolith. This is a war memorial, but it also sends messages into space. These messages are what is causing the crew to "relive" the war. They were actually never there at all but are "learning" about this tragedy through the monolith. I think that is a cool plot. I sort of wished that they really did take part in the fight though.

In the beginning, as a present for Paris, Torres replicates a 1950s style TV. I get it that Tom is into 20th century Earth history. But, that would be like someone giving me an astrolabe. Actually that would be cool.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 133 - Virtuoso

"Visiting aliens who have never before encountered music become fascinated with the Doctor's Opera singing, and ask him to leave Voyager and join their society."

It may sound like a dumb episode, but it really is not. In fact, it's another original idea...a society that never developed music. The Doctor really gets into his role as an Opera Superstar (if such a thing ever existed ever). Robert Picardo was great in this one.

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Star Trek VGR Episode 132 - Blink of an Eye

"Voyager is trapped in orbit around a planet with a space-time differential such that, while its inhabitants live through years, Voyager experiences mere minutes."

This was a very interesting episode. Voyager watches this society grow from basically nothing to advanced space capabilities in minutes. The episode flashes between life on Voyager and life down on the planet. I enjoyed this episode because it was a fresh idea that broke up the monotony of always encountering the same type of "alien environments". The other thing that was refreshing was the planet itself (especially in the early years). It seemed like what I can only describe as being very "King Arthur". This is something we really have not seen since TOS, and maybe a bit of TNG.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 131 - Fair Haven

"The crew enjoy a respite inside a holodeck creation designed by Tom Paris, while Voyager faces the threat of an oncoming storm in space."

So Kim and Paris write a holodeck program of an Irish Village. Janeway then falls in love with a hologram barkeeper. Non of it works.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 130 - Pathfinder

"Barclay gets over-involved with holographic recreations of the Voyager crew in his attempts to contact them. This episode also features Deanna Troi."

Awesome episode! I was not expecting to ever see any TNG members appear on this show, and Barclay is good in small doses. In this one, Barclay is obsessed  with contacting Voyager. Currently he is working for Admiral Paris (sound familiar?) and this has been interfering with his real work. Barclay meets up with Troi for some friendly guidance. Eventually Barclay figures out how to open a tiny wormhole to relay a message into the Delta Quadrant, however nobody believes him. He goes ahead and sends the message to Voyager anyway. They actually receive it. The wormhole is only opened for a few minutes but both sides are able to transmit vital data to each other and Admiral Paris tells his son Tom that he is proud of him.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 129 - The Voyager Conspiracy

Voyager finds a race that have a space catapult (???). Meanwhile 7 of 9 downloads a ton of information from the ships logs into her memory bank. She soon figures out a conspiracy involving Janeway. This entire journey was planned by Starfleet, the Cadassians, Janeway and Tuvok. She breaks it all down incident by incident. After a while she changes her analysis and implicates Chakotay as the conspirator. He is still working for the Marquis. Then another theory comes out, it was all a secret mission to steal a Borg (her). In the end, it ends up that she overloaded herself with data and is malfunctioning. She really does a good job breaking down the facts, I believed it every time! Voyager uses the sling shot and gets three years closer to home.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 128 - One Small Step

Voyager encounters an energy ellipse. It basically swallows anything that has energy. While investigating they discover that inside the ellipse is the Ares IV. This was a module that was lost during Earth's mission to Mars in 2032 containing Lt. John Kelly. The crew fly the Delter Flyer into the ellipse and find the Ares. They are trapped and must salvage pieces of the Ares to get back out, but not before they download all of Kelly's logs. This was a great episode and I enjoyed seeing the flashbacks to Kelly as he struggles to survive in the ellipse. Lt. Kelly was played by Phil Morris (Jackie Chiles from Seinfeld). Interesting fact: Morris was on TOS as a child and then had small appearances in Star Trek III, DS9 and now Voyager.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 127 - Riddles

"Returning from a diplomatic mission Tuvok is attacked by a cloaked intruder and suffers neurological damage."

Tuvok basically becomes a simpleton, Neelix and Tuvok then become best buddies, they cook together and listen to Jazz. Very strange episode. Again, I will complain about the constant use of Jazz in Star Trek. No one listens to it know! Why would everyone be way into it in the future!?!?

Trapped in Tuvok's mind is a warp signature that Janeway desperately needs to solve a conflict between two alien worlds. Eventually Tuvok bakes a cake and subconsciously decorates it with the warp signature. Seriously. The Doctor gets him back to normal, but Neelix and Tuvok are both sort of saddened that their friendship will never be the same. It's basically Of Mice and Men in Space.

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