Saturday, August 01, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 39 - The Thaw

The crew find some stasis pods that are hooked up to a computer. They discover that the computer has essentially come to life and has these pod inhabitants stuck in a virtual world of fear. The computer manifests itself as The Clown... a frightening, crazed, maniacal friggin clown. Played by Michael McKean, in maybe his finest role ever. Kim ends up trapped in this world and the Doctor goes in to negotiate a hostage transfer. Voyager will be giving up Janeway, in exchange for all the others. The Clown agrees, but it was a trick ... Janeway was just a hologram.


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 38 - Innocense

"Tuvok crash-lands on a moon and finds children who have been abandoned."

By far the best Tuvok episode yet. This was fantastic. The plot starts out as Tuvok attempts to basically babysit these kids. The contrast between stoic Vulcan and out of control children is very entertaining. Soon, Tuvok discovers that these children had been sent here to die, and now the others have come back to make sure that they are dead. Tuvok protects them and bonds with them. It is a very interesting look into the character of Tuvok.

In the end, you find out that these children are actually 90 year olds. Their race ages backwards. They were actually sent here to be in their final resting place.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 37 - Deadlock

"Attempting to evade the Vidiians, a duplicate Voyager is created after it passes through a spatial scission."

So that woman is having her baby and suddenly the ship starts getting ripped apart. It is evidently going through spatial scission just as The Doctor is making an incision.. that was a joke I guess. Anyway the baby dies and Kim is killed as well. Then suddenly Kes is back on Voyager and the baby survived. There are now two Voyagers... So Janeway meets with Janeway and they talk about how to get back to normal. The undamaged Voyager is without power and is soon attacked by Vidiians. The alternate Kim takes the alive baby and escapes through the rift to the damaged Voyager (which is hidden from the Vidiians). Janeway of the undamaged Voyager self-destructs the ship, leaving only one Voyager. But, is this the real Voyager? And Kim is now an alternate universe Kim?? I guess??? I'm very confused.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 36 - Investigations

One of the craziest cameo appearances ever. King Abdullah II of Jordan has a non speaking role towards the end of the episode. Evidently he is a huge Star Trek fan.

Neelix decides to have a talk show... no lie. He talks about random ship news and other corny variety show type stuff. Meanwhile, Paris (who has been increasingly out of control these past few episodes) finally snaps, he pushes Chakotay and gets put in the brig. He then asks for a transfer off of Voyager and onto a cargo vessel. Which is granted. While being transported he is suddenly abducted by Seska who tries to recruit him. Tuvak figures that the only way that Seska would have known about the transfer is if there was a spy on the ship.... and there is, Jiminy Crickett.

In order to get better ratings for his show...ughh.. Neelix decides to figure out who the spy is. Janeway and Tuvak reveal that this entire Paris incident was a ploy to flush out the spy. Unfortunately, Chakotay had no clue. But anyway, the plan works and Neelix ends up in a fight with Jiminy Crickett. Neelix kills him and Paris escapes from Seska. Even though Neelix was mostly a joke (as usual), I was glad to see his tougher side for once.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 35 - Lifesigns

The dying body of a Vidiian with the Phage is beamed aboard Voyager. As The Doctor works on her, he creates a hologram replica of the woman using her brain function. She even looks the same way that she did before the Phage. He discovers that this Vidiian woman is also a doctor, named Dr. Pel. They fall in love with each other.

Dr. Pel doesn't want to be put back into her human body because it is ugly. But the Doctor tells her that it doesn't matter, he will still love her. So he saves her physical body and she goes back. This is at least the second time that the Doctor has made-out with someone. He gets the most action on the ship!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 34 - Death Wish

No they do not discover a mummified Charles Bronson floating in space, this episode ain't that cool. What they do find is a suicidal Q trapped in a comet. He for some reason wants to die. Then the actual Q shows up! Yes, the one from TNG. He wants to have the Q (named Quinn) put back into the comet. This was his punishment for being suicidal. Quinn seeks asylum on Voyager, so Janeway decides to have a trial in order to decide Quinn's fate. Will Q take him and imprison him...or will he get asylum on Voyager where he can kill himself in peace?

Yes, that's the actual plot.

Q asks to bring witnesses from Earth, which he does under the agreement that he erase their memories afterwards. So he brings Riker, Isaac Newton and the fictional soundman at Woodstock named Maury Ginsberg?? Whatever. So at some point Quinn affected all of their lives for the best. Nonetheless, Janeway decides to grant Quinn asylum but also asks that Q make him human. She hoped that this would help him to be happy...it doesn't, he kills himself. What a weird episode. It was nice to see Q and he was just as funny as ever. But really...no need for this plot.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 33 - Dreadnaught

"A highly advanced Cardassian AI missile that had been reprogrammed by B'Elanna Torres is found in the Delta Quadrant."

I would say that this must be one of the best episodes so far. Very creative. So years ago when Torres was a Marqui with Chakotay, they found this super powerful Cardassian AI missile. This thing is the size of a small ship and can basically devastate a planet. In a controversial move Torres reprogrammed it to seek out the Cardassians. Then they never see the thing again.

Fast forward to the present. They are now in the Delta Quadrant and they find this missile flying through space. It is headed straight for a populated planet. Torres beams to the missiles control room and tries to deactivate it, but her initial safe guards prove too strong. I enjoyed how she converses back and forth with the missile.

Torres is having a tough time trying to deactivate this thing. She figures that she will have to basically beat herself in a battle of the wits. Meanwhile Janeway makes the decision to crash Voyager into the missile, thus stopping it but also killing themselves. Before she could do this, B'Elanna finally stops the AI system by shooting a wire with her phaser...yeah very anticlimactic. Nonetheless, it was well done. Also, it is revealed that Jiminy Crickett is betraying them to the Kazon.

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