Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 113 - The Fight

Voyager is stuck in an area of space were physics doesn't apply...or something. Chakotay starts having a vision quest where he is a boxer??? For the rest of the episode he drifts back and forth between reality and his boxing match vision. He finally figures out that in his vision an alien is trying to contact him and give him coordinates to lead Voyager out of that area of space. They must be running out of episode ideas at this point. Although Ray Walston (My Favorite Martian) is in this one and he is always great when he makes these Trek appearances.

113 down 59 to go

Star Trek VGR Episode 112 - Course: Oblivion

Weird ass episode. So it starts off with Paris and Torres getting married and the announcement that they are now two years away from home. Then suddenly the ship starts to fail and disease breaks out, slowly killing everyone. The Doctor figures out that they must reach a Class Y "Demon Planet" (much like the one they went to a few episodes back) in order to stabilize everything. Eventually almost everyone dies. Kim acting as Captain sends out a distress call and it is received ... by Voyager! Evidently when they went to the Demon Planet the first time, it created an entire replica of Voyager. Now this replica is basically turning into space ooze. By the time the real Voyager reaches the fake Voyager, it is nothing but liquid. So many questions. So Torres and Paris really didn't get married and they are not two years from home? The entire time there has been another Voyager flying around doing random exploring and shit? I guess I only had two questions. And they are really not even questions. Whatever.

112 down 60 to go

Monday, December 28, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 111 - The Disease

"Kim finds love when the crew encounter a Varro generational ship that needs assistance repairing its warp drive."

The episode is literally about Kim having sex with an alien and getting an STD. Meanwhile parasites are attacking the ship, Kim saves the day and ends up "cured" of his love sickness. Still Janeway reprimands him for violating Starfleet regulations against interspecies relations.

This episode has both Charles Rocket and the Giant Praying Mantis teacher from Buffy in it.

111 down 61 to go

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 110 - Dark Frontier pt 2

7 ends up with the infamous Borg Queen. Who looks like a spider, which I always found strange. She is played by the woman that plays Moira Queen on Arrow, coincidence?? Probably. The Queen reveals that the Borg purposely allowed Voyager to take 7 in order to infiltrate the humans.  7 is now struggling with turning back to the Borg side or becoming human again. Which I'm honestly getting tired of, this "struggle" has been going on for multiple seasons at this point. The Borg plan on releasing nanoprobes in Earths atmosphere that will assimilate everyone. It ends with a big battle and 7 being saved by Janeway. They retrieve the Borg tech and end up 15 years closer to home. 7 also sees her parents, now Borg. This episode has one of the greatest guest appearances ever.... Ug from Salute Your Shorts!

110 down 62 to go

Star Trek VGR Episode 109 - Dark Frontier pt 1

"Janeway plans to steal a transwarp coil from a disabled Borg ship to shorten their journey home. Seven of Nine experiences memories of her past just before she and her parents are assimilated and plans to re-join the Borg collective."

This was originally aired as one full-length two hour episode. I have not enjoyed much about 7 of 9 thus far, but this episode was good. I always enjoy origin episodes anyway, so I liked seeing how 7 ended up with the Borg as a child. Her parents were somewhat fascinated by the Borg and ended up severely underestimating how dangerous they are. Now on Voyager, 7 goes on a mission to retrieve technology from a disabled Borg ship. While there, she is called by the hive and ends up going back to them...

109 down 63 to go

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 108 - Bliss

Voyager gets lured into a giant telepathic space Venus Flytrap. It's not as dumb as it sounds. I like the idea of a creature like this. It uses its telepathy to trick your mind into thinking that it is "something good". For instance, it tricks the crew into believing that it is a wormhole home. Only 7 and Naomi are wise to it. They eventually hook up with an alien that has been hunting this creature and with the aid of The Doctor they defeat the thing. I did not realize what a major character Naomi ends up being, and the character is well acted too.

The Doctor keeps saying "I'm a Doctor, not a ...". He has done this in several past episodes. The first time it was sort of cool, but now it's just obnoxious.

108 down 64 to go

Monday, December 21, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 107 - Gravity

Tuvok and Paris crash on a planet stuck in a pocket of subspace, where they meet a female named Noss. A simple episode, but a good one. There have not been many Tuvok themed episodes, which is a shame because he is one of the better characters. This one flashes back to Tuvok as a youth during his Vulcan training. We see that he was somewhat rebellious and he wishes that he was not Vulcan. These feeling come up again as he starts to fall for this woman that they find on this Tatooine-like planet. Also, Noss is played by the woman that was Tank Girl (she was sort of terrible in this episode though).

107 down 65 to go

Friday, December 18, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 106 - Bride of Chaotica!

"Voyager becomes stuck on an interdimensional rift as photonic beings from the other dimension attempt contact in the holodeck, meeting the photonic villains of Lt. Paris' "Captain Proton" program who promptly attack them"

I probably failed to mention that for several episodes now Paris has been using a holodeck program named "Captain Proton". It is an early 20th Century black and white sci-fi adventure, cool but it ain't no Captain EO. The episode is nearly entirely done within this program (all in black and white). The crew must defeat these beings by playing out the roles within this cheezy old sci-fi flick. It is actually very well done and visually interesting. I realized that I say "interesting" a lot. I'm sure none of this is interesting at all, I just can't think of another word. Maybe I will look in a thesaurus next time or something.

106 down 66 to go

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 105 - Latent Image

The Doctor can't remember the past 15 hours. Everyone on the ship is keeping this time period from him as well. Seems that he lost a patient and suffered a breakdown. Janeway had his memory erased from this time. They struggle to decide weather to give the Doctor this time back or not. Finally they decide that if he is to "grow" then he needs to face his guilt. In the end the Doctor reads from La Vita Nuova, a text from the 13th century. He is Living La Vita Nuova.

105 down 67 to go

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 104 - Counterpoint

While passing through Devore space, Voyager is routinely searched for telepaths.
In this region of space telepathy is illegal. Voyager find a group of telepath refugees and agree to hide them from the Devore. They disguise their telepathy using teleporter buffers ... or something like that. A guy named Kashyk offers to help get the refugees to safety but he ends up being a double agent. Janeway eventually tricks him and sends the refugees to safety in shuttlecrafts. Much safer than sailing a shity raft across a sea.

104 down 68 to go

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 103 - Thirty Days

The episode starts with Paris being sent to the brig for 30 days. Then he flashes back to what lead to this... Voyager encounters an ocean planet. It is a weird concept, a giant ocean floating in space ... but at the same time it is extremely creative and intriguing. The visuals were excellent and I really enjoyed when the Delta Flyer goes under the ocean. It is very "SeaQuest". So basically this "planet" is losing water at an alarming rate and Paris goes to help them figure out the issue. He finds out that it is the government that has been drilling in the ocean for mining purposes ... they refuse to stop. Paris wants Janeway to force them but she will not because of The Prime Directive. So Paris takes it upon himself to save the planet.

103 down 69 to go

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 102 - Nothing Human

"A wounded alien is brought on board from a stranded vessel and attaches itself to B'Elanna Torres."

Such a TOS throwback. Voyager responds to a distress call and find a wounded alien that looks like a big scorpion. It jumps off the table and laches onto Bianna's neck. It looks very "old Star Trek", as in tacky, but I really liked it. It begins to suck the life from Torres. The Doctor summons the help of a Cardassian hologram physician who was knowledgeable about this. Nobody trusts him because Cardassians are considered villainous, even Torres would rather die than receive his medical assistance.

An Ensign suddenly proclaims that the physician is actually a war criminal. The Doctor eventually finds this to be true. This Cardassian physician experimented on living people. This reminded me of a documentary that I watched on a Japanese doctor during WWII that did autopsies on living people ... no anesthetic! Now the question is posed; does he let the hologram help or not ... even though he is a war criminal he is also just a hologram of the original man. Also, should the Doctor shut down this program forever?

102 down 70 to go

Friday, December 04, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 101 - Infinite Regress

7 of 9 begins suffering multiple personality disorder. In fact, Jeri Ryan was actually decent in this episode. So the plot is that Species 6339 initiated a virus that destroys technology. It infiltrated the Borg Cube at some point, so 7 had this virus as well. The find Species 6339 and ask them for the cure but they resist. Tuvok helps her with a mind-meld and Torres cures her by destroying the virus. During the mind-meld it looks like Tuvok is at a rave or something, so dumb looking.

101 down 71 to go

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 100 - Timeless

"Fifteen years in the future, Chakotay and Harry Kim attempt to prevent the Voyager from crash-landing on an ice planet."

Captain LaForge, need I say more? I guess I do. So Kim and Chakotay take the Delta Flyer into a slipstream, Voyager follows behind. This, in theory, should bring them significantly closer to home. Unfortunately, things go wrong. Fast-forward 15 years. Kim and Chakotay find the crashed remains of Voyager on a snow planet. They discover 7's body as well as the Doctor (whom they take with them). Chakotay and Kim have been shunned by Starfleet and are now space outlaws. Soon they are followed by a Starship and are confronted by Captain LaForge! Very cool. He says that Starfleet is aware that Kim and Chakotay are trying to alter the past in order to save Voyager. He warns them of the dangers.

Kim does not heed the warning and sends himself a message in the past. The message is received by 7's implant. She suddenly changes calculations before they go into the slipstream. They survive this time and end up 10 years closer to home. Kim then discovers a video message from his future self, to his present self. Crazy. One thing that I enjoy about Voyager is how they keep discovering and inventing new technology along their way. Also the "crash scene" is very well done.

100 down 72 to go

Friday, November 27, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 99 - Once Upon a Time

Tuvok, Paris and Ensign Wildman take the Delta Flyer for a test run. Neelix is tasked with babysitting Wildman's daughter Naomi. The Flyer ends up crashing on a planet and buried under rubble. Neelix must now deal with the possibility Naomi's mother may be dead. The episode was interesting and well acted. It jumps between real life and Naomi's wonderland-esque adventure in the holodeck. I came to realize that the holodeck would be the coolest thing ever to a kid.

99 down 73 to go

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 98 - In the Flesh

"The ship encounters a training facility for an alien invasion of Earth."

Everything on this facility looks exactly like a Starfleet facility, right down to the people and uniforms. But, in reality they are really genetically altered Species 8472 (the aliens seen in the episode Prey). They seemed to have gone to this elaborate lengths in order to learn about Starfleet, by completely simulating everything about them. Seems waaaaaay too overboard. The groundskeeper/leader of Species 8472 is played by Ray Walston (from  My Favorite Martian) and he was awesome. Seriously, it's worth watching just to see his performance.

98 down 74 to go

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 97 - Extreme Risk

"B'Elanna purposely puts herself into increasingly more dangerous situations. Meanwhile the crew decides to build a new shuttlecraft, the Delta Flyer."

Really not much to this episode. Torres is clinically depressed and has a death wish. Chakotay helps her to overcome it ... in one day basically, which is ridiculous. The crew builds a new and improved shuttlecraft, somehow how they are able to just build large complicated machinery, which is ridiculous. Nonetheless, it was an alright episode.

97 down 75 to go

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 96 - Drone

Do to a transporter malfunction, something happens with 7 of 9's remaining Borg tech ... and it begins to create another Borg?? Weird concept. But anyway, he knows nothing of the Borg and is actually a nice guy, they name him One. Unfortunately the real Borg are drawn to him. They attack Voyager but One beams over to the Borg ship and destroys it. Somehow he survives, but barely. The Doctor tries to save him but he wants to die, saying he should have never existed in the first place. Weird, my parents said the same thing to me. Anyway, the episode was OK and it added more depth to the 7 of 9 character. Plus visually, the Borg scenes looked great.

96 down 76 to go

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 95 - Night

"Voyager loses power traversing a dark region of space containing theta radiation."

They have entered a region of space with no stars and suddenly they lose power. Meanwhile a weird alien is seen on the ship. In addition to this everyone on Voyager is irritable and bored. Janeway has locked herself in her room for days. A ship approaches, it is piloted by a Malon and he is a trash hauler?? Whatever. He offers to exchange a safe passage through a vortex in exchange for that alien. Janeway finds out that these two are at a war because the Malon keep dumping toxic waste through the vortex into the aliens space. So Janeway decides to destroy the vortex, but not before Voyager goes through it. This is literally the plot to Erin Brokavitch.

95 down 77 to go

Monday, November 16, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 94 - Hope and Fear

Janeway is still trying to decipher that message from Starfleet. Her luck changes when Arturis (an Alien with great brain power played by Ray Wise) comes aboard. He figures out the code and the message is for them to go to certain coordinates. When they arrive there is a Starship waiting, it is empty but has new technology on it. Everything is looking good, until the real message is finally decoded ... Starfleet is basically giving up on them. It seems that Arturis lied and also faked the Starship. He did it all because he blames Voyager for helping the Borg defeat those aliens a few episodes back. This had a trickle down effect that killed most of his race, so now this is his revenge. What a ridiculously over the top plan.

94 down 78 to go

Star Trek VGR Episode 93 - One

"Seven of Nine is left alone on Voyager when a nebula's deadly radiation forces the rest of the crew to stay in stasis and the Doctor's hologram projectors are disrupted."

All around, weird episode. First of all, the ship needs to pass through a radiation force so Janeway puts the entire crew into stasis except for 7 of 9??? Since when is this ever an option? Then 7 of 9 starts going mad and hallucinating because she is lonely. This also seems out of character for 7 of 9. To be honest, I don't even like this character anyway. She is boring and Jeri Ryan can't act. In the episode 7 of 9 says that she is not into acting out fantasies ... so ironic.

93 down 79 to go

Star Trek: Insurrection

This movie gave a giant Insurrection. Actually it didn't, I hated it... just really wanted to use that joke. Here is the plot: Data is on an undercover mission to observe the peaceful Ba'ku people, he is wearing a cloaked suit. Right away it's stupid. Why go to these lengths to observe people on a planet when I'm sure you have the ability to just watch them from a ship. Anyway, he malfunctions and goes rogue. This all leads to the revelation that the Ba'ku have a way to rejuvenate people, the Enterprise crew gets caught up in this feeling of immortality. Picard starts a romance with some woman, Troi and Riker get back together and Geordie can see again. But, under it all is a giant cover up between the Federation and the Son'a (a rival race to the Ba'ku). The Federation is secretly planning to help the Son'a forcibly relocate the Ba'ku so that the Son'a can have the rejuvenation process all to themselves...for some reason???? Anyway, there is a big fight and the Enterprise wins. That's literally all that you have to know.

So the plot was ehhh. It was very silly, even by Star Trek standards, lots of one liners and hacky jokes. Acting was still very good, and of course guest-villain F. Murray Abraham was great as the Son'a leader. The Son'a were supposed to look like "mummies" but they just look like Fred Armisen, seriously! Visually the movie looked fantastic, particularly the ship battle scenes. My favorite scene was when, in an attempt to calm the crazed Data down, Picard and Worf sing him a score from HMS Pinafore. Normally I trash scenes like this because it seems so dumb that Star Trek character are always so into 19th and early 20th century arts. It's like me saying that I am way into Gilgamesh. But, too be honestly I like HMS Pinafore and Gilbert & Sullivan in general, so I will let this one slide. In short, HMS Pinafore is excellent.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 92 - Demon

"Tom Paris and Harry Kim take a shuttle down to an extremely inhospitable planet to obtain fuel."

This planet is designated "demon-class" because it is so deadly to humans. Paris and Tom go on it to get some much needed deuterium. They are enveloped by a metallic liquid and they die, then they come back to life. They go back on Voyager but are barely able to breathe. Their bodies are then discovered back on the planet. Seems that the Paris and Tom aboard Voyager are aliens that have taken their form. Instead of fighting them... Janeway makes a weird move. She allows them to basically clone the Voyager crew using their "silver blood" in order to build their own society. ...So there is a planet full of Voyager clones now???

92 down 80 to go

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 91 - Living Witness

"A Kyrian museum curator 700 years in the future hopes a Voyager relic containing a copy of the Doctor can confirm their version of history."

This is defiantly one of the standout episodes of the Voyager series. It is very creative and entertaining. This society paints Voyager as a violent ship that destroyed their land. But, basically this was all just an assumption, lost in time and based solely on a few artifacts. The Doctor is accidently released from an artifact and tries to set the record straight. It is a difficult episode to describe, but I would suggest that everyone check it out.

91 down 81 to go

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 90 - Unforgettable

A woman named Kellin boards Voyager. She is from a race that has a weird chemistry. It seems that they are impervious to tricorder readings and also they are literally forgotten in a few hours by all that encounter them. Honestly, I am not big on this concept, it's just too stupid. BUT, the episode was not too bad. AND Kellin is played by the lovely Virginia Madsen.

She tries to convince Chakotay that they fell in love a few months ago. Eventually her race shows up and threatens to punish her for violating their code. Chakotay again falls for her and tries to keep her on Voyager but she is removed. All records of her existence are also erased from the ships computers. Before Chakotay forgets her forever, he writes his experience down on paper. It's sort of like The Notebook.

90 down 82 to go

Friday, November 06, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 89 - The Omega Directive

"Janeway undertakes the Omega Directive, an order to destroy Omega molecules, even if it means violating the Prime Directive."

It's not a great premise. I mean, I like the whole top secret Starfleet initiative to destroy a certain "something" if ever found. But, when that "something" is a particle, it's just too dumb. This Omega particle is just too unbelievable. One particle that is so unstable it can completely "destroy" vast amounts of space. Look, anything is possible, the amount of what we really know is very miniscule... but I just can't grasp this concept.
Meanwhile 7 of 9 lobbies for Janeway to save the particle. Borg's view this particle as the ultimate perfect being, a God. Especially when multiple particles flow together. Non of this makes sense.

89 down 83 to go

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 88 - Vis à Vis

"An alien shuttle with a prototype propulsion system suddenly appears and requires assistance. Paris is restless and volunteers to help the pilot repair the shuttle."

So it starts of with Paris in the holodeck working on a 1969 Camaro. Which is just ridiculous. It's like me working on a chariot. Eventually Voyager meets up with an alien named Steth and they help him fix his ship. He a decent guy, but can be pompous at times. Turns out he is also a parasite of sorts. He can jump into anyone's body at anytime ... like Wilt Chamberlain. I'm not explaining that joke. He takes over Paris and walks around the ship acting like a jerk. Meanwhile, Paris has been transformed into Steth's old form. And then a bunch of stuff happens. Oh and Steth is played by Dan Butler, who was Bulldog on Frazier.

88 down 84 to go

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 87 - The Killing Game part 2

Continuing on. The episode sort of reminds me of Surviving the Game. Instead of chasing Ice T around the forest, they are chasing Janeway around a city. Eh, that wasn't a good joke. Oh and you know how I said the Hirogen's looked cool, well there's a stipulation to that. They look good in their space suits, out of them ... they look completely ridiculous.

So the Dr. and Harry are the only ones still on the "ship". They find a way to fight back, meanwhile Janeway and 7 of 9 figure out whats going and they fight back from within the holodeck. Eventually they all break free. Turns out this was all just a giant test that the main Hirogen guy was doing on the holodeck. He plans on changing his society and make them less violent. They will still hunt, but only in the holodeck environment. Janeway agrees with him but before she can help assist with the transfer of holodeck technology, he is assisinated. Seems that the others do not agree with him. Janeway gives them the technology anyway in hopes that they will eventually see the way. All in all, it was an entertaining episode. But, I'm just always startled whenever I see a swastika on a TV show. Like that Alf episode where he goes to Auschwitz.

87 down 85 to go

Star Trek VGR Episode 86 - The Killing Game part 1

The Hirogen infiltrate the Holodeck and trap everyone in WWII era France. You didn't think a Star Trek series would
fail to have a Nazi themed episode did you? For shame. So basically the Hirogen are the Nazis and they chase
around the crew throughout WWII France. So it's sort of like the crew are the Jews. I don't know, it's kind of an
offensive episode now that I think about it. In general, it sort of trivializes the entire thing when a sci-fi show uses an atrocity as a backstory. It would be like if there was an Alf episode were he goes to Auschwitz.

86 down 86 to go

Star Trek VGR Episode 85 - Retrospect

"After experiencing unsettling hallucinations, Seven of Nine is hypnotized by the Doctor whose analysis reveals a trader may have extracted Borg technology from Seven without her consent."

So 7 of 9 has visions of this trader guy knocking her out and stealing her technology. A brief investigation reveals some evidence of this and Tuvok detains the guy. Eventually they figure out that these are false memories but it's too late; feeling helpless, the Trader kills himself. It's the feel good episode of the year! It was a solid 7 of 9 themed episode.

85 down 87 to go

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 84 - Prey

The Hirogen may be one of the coolest aliens on Star Trek. They are really cool looking and very bad-ass. The armored suits look like everything I imagine a spacesuit should look like. Also the head Hirogen is played by Tony Todd ... again, he steals every scene. He may be my favorite Star Trek guest star. That voice is ridiculously hypnotic. So in this episode they "save" a distressed Hirogen who is a hunter that is tracking down a dangerous prey (in contrast to how good the Hirogen look, this thing looks awful). 7 of 9 ends up helping the Hunter track down the prey because she knows how dangerous the thing is. This is all against Janeway's orders, so 7 is disciplined and restricted to the Cargo Bay. ...Which I took as, she has to now live in the Cargo bay?? Seems weird.

84 down 88 to go

Friday, October 23, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 83 - Hunters

"A transmission from Starfleet Command gets held at a Hirogen relay station and Janeway sets course to retrieve it."

They try to retrieve their "stuck" communications from the relay station but end up making an enemy of the Hirogen (who are rather cool looking, sort of like a lizard meets Predator). They eventually get their "letter from home", some news is good and others bad. Janeway receives a dear John letter...or a dear Jane(way) letter. Oh yea and Tuvok and 7 of 9 are taken captive and tortured but eventually are saved but unfortunately their link home is destroyed in the process.

83 down 89 to go

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 82 - Message in a Bottle

Wow, Andy Dick was actually really good in this episode. Sorry, I didn't mean to be vulgar ... Andy Penis. Anyway, it is an important episode. 7 of 9 uses Voyagers new Borg technology to probe far into the Alpha Quadrant, they reach a relay station and then use that to track down a Federation ship on the edge of Alpha Quadrant. The data stream is too weak to reach it so they send the Doctors hologram across space to reach the ship. Unfortunately this ship (the experimental USS Prometheus) has since been taken over by Romulans. So now the Doctor and the Prometheus hologram doctor (EMH Mark II aka Andy Dick) must fight back against the Romulans. In the end, the Doctor gets word to the Federation about Voyager. A message is sent back from Starfleet saying that they will do everything they can to bring them back home.

82 down 90 to go

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 81 - Waking Moments

The episode was decent, but so far I feel Voyager starting to slip. It's getting a bit boring. This one has the entire crew trapped in a collective lucid dream They encountered an alien species that make an "unconscious collective", like the Borg do a "conscious collective". Chakotay breaks from his dream and disrupts the aliens plans. It just gets annoying when people keep waking from dreams only to find out they are still dreaming. I wish Freddy Krueger was in this episode and he ate a pizza with the entire crews faces being used as pepperoni ... still the funniest horror movie scene ever.

81 down 91 to go

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 80 - Mortal Coil

Neelix is killed but is brought backk to life. He is distraught that he did not see an afterlife. Chakotay sends Neelix on a "vision quest" where he meets his dead ancestors who basically tell him that his life is meaningless. Haha, so weird. So then Neelix tries to kill himself! He is convinced that he is needed by his goddaughter, Naomi. What a conflicting episode.

80 down 92 to go

Friday, October 16, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 79 - Concerning Flight

Voyager encounter an alien race that deal in stolen technology. They have a way to seek out new tech and steal it using a transporter-type thingy. They take several items from Voyager. Janeway and Tuvok track down their homeworld and go undercover to retrieve the items. They find one item ... Leonardo DiVinci from the holodeck! Leo helps them track down the rest of the stolen tech. Yeah, it seems pretty dumb and sort of impossible, because it is dumb and impossible. But it was a fun episode.

79 down 93 to go

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 78 - Random Thoughts

"Torres is arrested while visiting a world of telepaths where violent thoughts are a crime."

Voyager goes to a planet were violence has been eradicated. They achieved this by making the mere thought of violence to be illegal, eventually people adapted to not even think of anything aggressive. Somebody is killed and Torres is blamed. Tuvok investigates and uncovers an illicit memory trade. People on this planet are fascinated by the taboo of violent acts because they have never experienced it. Torres is eventually cleared. It's an interesting social commentary though. I think. Is it? Actually, I really have no idea.

78 down 94 to go

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 77 - Year of Hell Part 2

It gets pretty good now. Janeway forms an alliance with two nearby races. The remaining crew split up onto these allied ships and Janeway remains alone on Voyager. Chakotay and Paris disable some of the timeships core and transport out onto an ally ship. There is a large battle and visually, it looks great. For the most part, Voyager has been really solid at space battle scenes. In a final move, Janeway rams the timeship with Voyager ... destroying both ships. Her theory is that if she destroys the timeship it will put the timeline back. I really don't see how this would work, but of course it does. Voyager enters this area of space again, but this time they encounter a peaceful Kurtwood Smith. At the end it shows Kurtwood talking to his wife Kitty...he is on the set of That 70's Show! ... that didn't happen, anyway on his desk is a schematic for the timeship. (queue menacing music). Also, what kind of a first name is Kurtwood??? This year of hell, only lasted a few months so the title makes zero sense.  If you ask me, the year of hell was 1881 when three presidents all served in one year, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield and Chester Arthur.

77 down 95 to go

Star Trek VGR Episode 76 - Year of Hell Part 1

"Voyager creates a new Astrometrics lab, which maps a new course that brings them into contact with a Krenim temporal ship that can erase things from history."

It's an interesting "weapon" for sure ... one that shoots a beam that erases history. So the Krenim had initially built this ship to erase histories in order to benefit their race. Unfortunately, it ended up causing a plague on their world that killed millions. The weapon's creator (Kurtwood Smith) has been trying to get his people back (including his family) by changing more history. Voyager shows up, he sees it as a threat and tries to remove the ship from the timeline. Voyager repels the attack but is gravely damaged. Tuvok is burned and Chakotay and Paris are captured. Janeway tells all crewmembers that they have the option to leave the ship in shuttlecrafts and find their own ways home. So far, it seems nothing like Kes's vision of the Year of Hell. Plus they have used Kurtwood Smith in a Star Trek movie, DS9 and Voyager ... all as different characters! I hate that.

76 down 96 to go

Monday, October 05, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 75 - Scientific Method

Janeway starts having headaches. She starts to act overly agitated, and so does everyone else. The Doctor is able to see "invisible aliens" that are doing experiments on everyone. He communicates to 7 of 9 and adjust her bionic eye to see the same. She now sees these aliens and they have needles in Janeway's head. She tries to thwart these beings without being detected. Finally 7 of 9 is able to reveal them to everyone. Janeway tries to negotiate with their leader, but eventually she must do that classic trick ..."I'm going to detonate the ship and kill all of us if you don't do what I say". This move works every time.

75 down 97 to go

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 74 - The Raven

Thankfully this one didn't entail a holodeck visit from Edgar Allen Poe. I didn't expect a 7 of 9 origin episode so soon. So she starts having Borg flashbacks and in fact her technology is reactivating. She steals a shuttlecraft and takes off with Tuvok. They end up on a moon where they find a crashed Federation ship and Borg technology. She
remembers that this is her parents ship. She was taken by the Borg as a little girl, her name is Annika. She was assimilated on this very spot...twenty years ago...this very night...on a night just like tonight. I think already used that joke. Whatever. Very good episode.

74 down 98 to go

Star Trek VGR Episode 73 - Revulsion

"A hologram contacts Voyager and the Doctor is excited to meet another hologram."
No this episode entitled Revulsion is not about Neelix's face. That's the best I could do. This Hologram is alone on a ship, everyone else is dead. They answer his distress call and the Doctor wants to meet him so him and Torres go to the ship. The Hologram hates humans and it was pretty easy to figure out that he killed the crew. Eventually he
attacks Torres and reaches into her chest and grabs her heart. The Doctor keeps her alive and eventually they end up safe, back on Voyager. In a subplot, Kim must work with 7 of 9 but he is way to attracted to her and is distracted.

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Friday, October 02, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 72 - Nemisis

Chakotay's shuttle is shot down and he lands on a jungle planet. He is helped by a people known as the Vori. They tell him about an evil race they call the nemesis (really the Kradin). Chakotay witness their cruelty first hand as they kill entire villages. He then agrees to help the Vori fight back and undergoes training with them (this proves to be a sort of brainwashing which makes Chakotay really hateful towards the Kradin).

Meanwhile Janeway meets with the Kradin and they offer to help find Chakotay, which they do. In fact they seem like a friendly race ... although they do look like Tina Turner if her face had been eaten off by a pitbull. Once Chakotay is back he has a hard time getting back to himself, and him Janeway wonder about which race was really the "nemesis".

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 71 - The Day of Honor

B'Elanna goes about the Klingon Day of Honor but it ends up being a really bad day. She starts off working in Engineering with 7 of 9 and something goes wrong so they must eject the warp core. Of course everyone thinks 7 of 9 sabotaged it. Torres and Paris "space walk" to retrieve the core. Before they get it, it is stolen by a race called the Caatati. Voyager stops them and negotiates to get it back. The Caatati see 7 of 9 and are scared out of their wits. But, 7 of 9 builds them a new energy source and all is well. Except Paris and Torres have been stuck in space this entire time and are dying. B'Elanna tells Paris she loves him and they pass out. Fortunately they are saved by Voyager just in time. So what is weird is that when Kes had those visions of Voyagers future in "Year of Hell", she was married to Paris. So now Kes is not even on the ship anymore? So that episode meant nothing???

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 70 - The Gift

So this is the last appearance of Kes and basically the first appearance of 7 of 9 as we all know her ... "hot, hot, hot" oh shut up Buster Poindexter, nobody asked you. But, yea she was hot. And Jeri Ryan was into some weird stuff too, just ask Jack Ryan. And Kes is into some weird stuff too, just ask a bunch of kids. Anyway, Kes's abilities really start to evolve, like to the point where she is seeing beyond particles. Into maybe different dimensions?? In effect (or affect, I really don't know which word is right), it begins to destroy the ship. So she decides to leave Voyager. Typically everyone would work together and find a way for her to still be able to stay on the ship, but I guess they wanted the character gone. So, slowly 7 of 9 begins turning back into her human self. Although no one trusts her. Can you blame them? She's into to some weird stuff, just ask.. oh never mind.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 69 - Scorpion pt. 2

Janeway makes a deal with the Borg, they will work together to stop their enemy if the Borg lets Voyager through their space. The Borg send Seven of Nine to negotiate. The entire episode is full of a lot of disagreement between 7 of 9 and the Voyager crew. During this particular negotiation they are attacked by the bio-aliens and escape back to Voyager. Janeway is injured and 7 of 9 helps install Borg technology on Voyager, but she also creates a rift and takes Voyager into it in an attempt to force Voyager to fight the aliens alone ... saving the remaining Borg (almost 4 million had recently been killed). Janeway recovers and defeats the aliens. 7 of 9 is put in the brig
and taken away with Voyager. Janeway decides to use operation "Scorpion", which is a way to de-assimilate 7 of 9.  Jeri Ryan was actually pretty good playing a Borg, I mean it must take some sort of acting ability to play a cyborg right? I did enjoy these episodes.

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Star Trek VGR Episode 68 - Scorpion pt. 1

"Voyager must pass through Borg space, only to discover a new alien race that are even deadlier than the Borg."

Voyager is approached by Borg cubes threatening to assimilate them, then the cubes are destroyed. Janeway is trying to get the ship to "The Northwest Passage" which is a safe route through Borg space. They are again met by the Borg, but then another ship shows up (a bioship) and they attack the cubes. Evidently this is a very deadly
race that the Borg have been dealing with. They are really cool looking too, almost remind me of a mix of Predator and Alien but done with crappy computer graphics. Kes meanwhile has been hearing voices and seeing visions of this race as they destroy planets and people... And Janeway does a holodeck program with Leonardo DiVinci for some reason (played by the great John Rhys-Davies).

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 67 - Worst Case Scenario

"B'Elanna Torres discovers a holodeck program where Chakotay and the Maquis rebel against Janeway."

Tuvok wrote this program as a Worst Case Scenario excercise. Unfortunetly before Seska left, she booby-trapped the program. Tuvok and Paris end up trapped in it and the holodeck Seska (along with Marqui crewmembers) try to start a mutiny. Every move that Seska makes seems to affect the real life Voyager. Meanwhile the other crewmembers rewrite the program like a novel, until it finally has a "happy ending".

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 66 - Displaced

"Crew members are replaced one-by-one with aliens from an unknown race."

Interesting premise. The crew encounters a race named the Nyrians. They are, for lack of a better term, highway robbers. Their methods however are peaceful. They have technology that allows them to replace people on another ship with themselves, the crewmembers are then transported to a replicated "land" that perfectly suites them. This is how they steal ships. Once Voyager is completely replaced, the crew ends up in a relatively nice "land" and they find others there that seem perfectly happy. Janeway refuses to give up Voyager though and they find a way to reverse the replacement. They then trap the Nyrains in a terrible "land", until they agree to let all prisoners go and give up their technology.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 65 - Distant Origin

An incredibly Interesting episode. It sounds stupid, but it really wasn't. So it starts off with a group of humanoid dinosaurs, they are ... ironically ... paleontologists on their home world. Except they look for humanoid bones. The head archeologist lizard person (Gegen) is seeking to prove his theory that his people and humans came from the same origin. They find the "missing link" and eventually track down Voyager. After a few misunderstandings, they learn about each other and surmise that they both my have originated from Earth. Unfortunately his planets leaders do not want the truth getting out, so they threaten to destroy Voyager if Gegen doesn't refute his own theory ... so he does. In the end Chakotay gives the dejected Gegen a globe of Earth. It's a weird plot, but this is an actual conspiracy theory. Just look up David Icke. Truth be told, I actually wish Star Trek would use conspiracy theory stuff more often.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 64 - Real Life

"The Doctor creates a family on the holodeck."

What starts off as a dumb episode in which The Doctor creates a stereotypical family for himself (complete with Stepford Wife), ends up being one of the most dramatic Trek episodes ever. So far only two Star Trek episodes have actually made me tear up, one being the DS9 episode Far Beyond the Stars and this being the other. After initially making a totally perfect family, Torres convinces The Doctor to make them more realistic. So ho does; this comes with all of the ups and down, problems and eventually tragedy of a real life scenario. At the end, his small daughter dies. It is a very emotional scene. Robert Picardo was great in this episode. This episode was so sad that it has deterred me from making a joke about how Kes exposes herself to kids. Totally ruined the mood

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 63 - Before and After

This is starting to get painful. These past few episodes have sort of sucked. I don't even get this one. Kes starts off the episode as an old woman (married to Paris), then starts getting younger until she ends up as a fetus ... then she grows again and ends up back in the present. Evidently The Doctor has an explanation for this ... but really?? The one thing was that she observes something called the "Year of Hell" ... which has not happened yet to Voyager. It is a year long battle with the Krenim (?), resulting in the death of Torres and Janeway. Rachael Harris is in this episode, trust me you know who she is. They need an episode in which Raymond Tango comes on board, you know, from the movie Tango and Cash. I won't give the particulars of the episode, but it results in the episode being named Last Tango In Paris. Also, the episode is banned.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 62 - Favorite Son

Hmmm. How to explain this one. Harry starts acting weird and develops a rash on his head. Voyager is then contacted to by the Teresians, a race that is 90% female. They claim that Harry is a Teresian that had been implanted (as an embryo) on Earth. He buys into it and goes to the planet. They evidently need him for breeding purposes! Lucky fellow. Except the breeding process ends with the guy being drained of his DNA and dissected. Evidently Kim was never a Terisian at all. The woman implanted Teresian DNA into him in order to make him compatible. In the end he escapes (after a chase scene involving 100 woman ... it was like he was Davey Jones or something!). The thing is, at what point did they implant him with DNA? He started to turn Teresian before they ever even made contact with them? And of all the crewmwmbers, why Harry Kim? So many questions. So little desire to find the answers.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 61 - Rise

"Voyager helps a planet with asteroid problems. Tuvok and Neelix crash-land on the planet and attempt to fix a maglev space elevator."

Decent Neelix episode. He ends up trapped with Tuvok on a planet and tries to earn the Vulcans respect. Which he does by using his skills to basically ... um ... fix an elevator. Sometimes I really can't stand Neelix.Though I finally realized that he has a giant mullet!

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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 60 - Darkling

"The Doctor attempts to improve his program by including elements of the personalities of various famous people that he admires, taken from holocharacters of them."

These characters include Ghandi and Tom Byron...I mean Lord Byron. Meanwhile Kes is on a planet, hooking up with some guy... I don't recall her breaking up with Neelix?? Anyway, the Doctor ends up creating an evil twin off himself by accident. I only it looked the opposite of him, like with long hair and goatee or something. Anyway, the evil Doctor tries to kill Kes's love interest. Weird ass episode.

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Sunday, September 06, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 59 - Unity

"Chakotay answers a call for help on a planet and finds himself in the middle of a shoot-out between two groups of people while the Voyager crew discover an abandoned Borg ship."

U.N.I.T.Y thats-a unity. Remember that terrible song? So on the planet, Chakotay is taken in by ex-Borgs. After their Cube had been damaged, it shut off their "hive-mind" generator and they turned back to human/but still sort of Borg. Chakotay is helped by a Borg woman named Riley (who is very very cute). She tells Chakotay that they wish to be re-linked, he merges with the hive and is shown that they have sincere intentions. Janeway disagrees.

Also, Voyager has retrieved a dead Borg from the Cube and they have been examining it for critical info to give back to Starfleet ... someday. Suddenly Chakotay is mentally taken over by the hive and forced to turn the generator back on at the Cube. He does, re-linking the human Borgs. The Borgs then destroy the Cube, showing that they mean no harm to anyone. But now Chakotay wonders if they are sincere. Whatever. I like seeing the Borg, the episode was just OK though.

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Saturday, September 05, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 58 - Blood Fever

"Vorik passes on the Pon farr to B'Elanna."

Another where episode. So Vorik, a Vulcan (whom I totally forgot was even on the ship) starts going through Pon farr. If you remember from TOS when this happened to Spock, a Vulcan gets violently horny like every seven years or
something. He basically assualts B'Elanna, and in the process he accidently passes the feelings onto her. Long story short she ends up trapped on a planet with Paris and she is all horned up.

The inhabitants of the planet are very xenophobic (they fear Xena) as well and are not happy about their presence. Evidently they once had a very bad experience with outsiders. These outsiders had nearly exterminated them. So, the episode is weird but then the ending is very unexpected. Janeway and crew are about to leave the land when they find something unexpected ... a dead Borg.

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Friday, September 04, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 57 - Coda

"Janeway appears to be trapped in a time-loop with different events, but all ending in her death."

Janeway and Chakotay crash on a planet and Janeway is gravely injured (seems like this has happened a handful of times already right??). First Janeway ends up reliving the last few moments over and over again (also, has happened a million times), then she finally breaks the loop and ends up as a ghost on the ship. Evidently she died on the planet. She sees her body and witnesses her funeral. She tries to communicate with Kes... and it almost works. Then she is met by her dead father who tries to take her into the light, she refuses and he gets angry. Then he leaves and walks into flames, Janeway says "go back to hell you bastard." So basically I have no idea what is going on. Was he the devil?? The Doctor revives Janeway and tells her that she nearly died several times. So was she about to go to hell?? I knew her terrible hairstyle was a bad idea.

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 56 - Alter Ego

"The crew enjoys a luau on the holodeck and Tuvok discovers an unusual hologram."

This is sort of like a love triangle between Harry, Tuvok and a holodeck character named Marayna. The character ends up being a sentient being and when Tuvok rejects her, she gets angry and takes control of the ship. Tuvok rationalizes with her and she eventually lets Voyager go free. It wasn't an interesting episode, I feel like it's been done many times before. Plus, a luau? Like Hawaii would even exist in the future pffft.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 55 - Fair Trade

An interesting look into the past of Neelix. I like this character, I wish they would develop him better though. Is he a bafoon? Is he a pacifist? Is he an adventurer? Get the character straight already!

So Voyager is about to enter a mysterious part of space called the Nekrit Expanse. Neelix (who has been feeling useless) is determined to guide them through it safely. Voyager stops at a space station to get supplies for the journey. Neelix is obsessed with obtaining a map of the Expanse.

Neelix meets up with an old partner named Wixiban. Evidently they used to sell drugs together??? Wixiban has a plan to get the map but they must do "one last job" together. They meet up with a drug dealer to make the trade but the deal goes wrong and a bunch of people are killed. After anguishing over the situation Neelix decides to confess to the stations leader. He makes a deal to go under cover to bring down the dealer. Things go bad again and Neelix is injured ... but in the end he is cleared, the dealer is caught, Janeway is pissed but tells Neelix that he is considered family to her.

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Star Trek VGR Episode 54 - Macrocosm

This plays out like a Janeway and Neelix buddy cop film. Not really. Basically there is a macro-virus infecting everyone on the ship with a sickness. It is up to Janeway and Neelix (with the help of the Doctor) to save eveyone. In the meantime they are being attacked by Tak Tak traders, who also have the virus. After finding the anti-dote, Janeway saves the crew and shares the cure with the Tak Tak. This episode shows another side of Janeway, instead of being the straight faced Captain, she was more of a badass ... it doesn't really work. She will always look like a librarian no matter what.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 53 - The Q and the Grey

"Q visits Voyager with a proposal for Janeway as civil war breaks out in the Q Continuum."

What a bizarre episode, but I guess most Q ones are strange anyway. I always enjoy seeing Q, even though he annoys the hell out of me. He serves as a good way to break up the shows monotony. So in this episode, Q shows up in Janeway's quarters at night and wants to have a baby with her. Q's ex-wife eventually then shows up and she is obviously irritated.

Q then abducts Janeway and takes her to the Continuum where there is a civil war going on. In fact it is playing out like the American Civil War ... for some reason. While Q and Janeway fight to stop the Civil War, Voyager is witnessing a bunch of supernovae happening around the galaxy. This Q civil war is causing the galaxy to die. Q's ex-wife is the only one that can help get Voyager to the Continuum to save Janeway, so she basically is given command of the ship. And she is a huge bitch. I like her.

The Q's begin to lose their powers because of this situation. Voyager arrives, they save Janeway and Q just before they are about to be executed. They then stop the Civil War by defeating "the south". Q ends up back with his ex-wife, and he asks Janeway to watch them have sex?? They just touch fingers, that's it.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 52 - Warlord

"Kes is controlled by an alien warlord named Tieran."

After Voyager saves a distressed ship, the Warlord named Tieran finds a new host body in Kes. She breaks up with Neelix and leaves Voyager in a shuttlecraft. She gets back to her home base and starts to take command again. Evidently Tieran had been banished at some point. Oh, also Tieran is a guy so it's sort of odd that he is now in the body of Kes.

This may be the finest performance of Jennifer Lien on Voyager. Tuvok shows up undercover and tries to help Kes break free of her mental bondage. She struggles within her mind with Tieran. Eventually they manage to separate the two. Voyagers crew along with the Demmas fight their way into the Warlords stronghold and save Kes.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 51 - Future's End, Part II

In a weird side plot, Torres ends up captured by Militiamen?? Weird. Anyway, the Voyager crew, Rain and Braxton all work together to thwart Starling. This was a fun and well acted two part episode. In fact, it had the feel of a Star Trek film. It certainly wouldn't have been any worse than some of the Next Gen films. Even the film quality had that movie feel to it. I thought it was excellent. Ed Begley Jr. is the best guest star ever. It seems like that's all he really does is guest appearances on random shows, but he is always good.

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Star Trek VGR Episode 50 - Future's End, Part I

I'm not sure what other people think of this two part episode, but I really enjoyed it. Of course, every Star Trek series just has to have a "go back in time to Earth episode", but honestly it never gets old for me. This one might be one of the best of them. Although Janeway does have the dumbest line in all of Trek, "The question isnt where we are...its when we are." When we are???

It starts off with a cool scene from 1960's Earth in which a hippy witnesses a UFO crash. Flash forward to the Delta Quadrant. A Federation Timeship piloted by Captain Braxton shows up and starts attacking Voyager. He says that he must destroy Voyager to save Earth's future. Voyager fights back and both ships end up pulled through a temporal rift. Braxton ends up in 1969, his ship is the one seen by the hippy. Voyager ends up in 1996.

The hippy that found Braxton's ship used the technology to build a powerful tech company. By 1996 he is the most important man on the planet, named Henry Starling. He is played brilliantly by Ed Begley Jr. Meanwhile one of his employees (named Rain) at an observatory discovers Voyager in space. She is played by Sarah Silverman, who's acting was sort of spotty but then again she is not really an actress. Evidently producers wanted to bring her on as a member of the crew fulltime, but eventually chose to go with Jeri Ryan. So anyway, Starling sees her as a threat and wants her killed. Tuvok and Paris are sent to protect her, while Janeway and Chakotay track down Braxton (now a homeless man). He tells them that Earths destruction is actually caused by Starling. They go to convince Starling not to use his technology to go into the 20th century but he refuses. In fact, he ends up accessing Voyagers computers and steals more info. Also, he steals The Doctor.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 49 - Sacred Ground

The crew go to a very religious planet inhabited by the Nechani. While there Kes touches an artifact and goes into a coma. Neelix discovers that this happened one other time on the planet and the person was saved by a ritual. Janeway decides to go through the ritual, it consists of intense physical, emotional and mental activities. Her guide (Becky Ann Baker from Freaks and Geeks) takes her along and she finally passes.

Now she must seek the answer from the spirits. She gets a bite from a venomous creature and journeys to the other side. Which ends up being a bunch of old people sitting in a sauna! Seriously. It was pretty funny. They are played by the great Estelle Harris, Keene Curtis and Parley Baer (who was the mayor on the Andy Griffith Show). Also in this episode, is Harry Groener who was the Mayor on Buffy.

Anyway, what was I saying? Oh yeah. So Janeway asks the spirits if they know the cure and they say no ... Janeway already knows it. So she goes back to Voyager and feels compelled to do the ritual again, this time carrying Kes. This cures her. The Doctor thinks up a plausible scientific explanation for her sudden cure, but Janeway isn't so sure it wasn't do to religion.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 48 - Remember

A telepathic race is aboard the ship. They have the ability to "mind meld" with people at will. Torres begins having lucid dreams about being in a relationship with a man and her father disapproving because he is from another race. Even though these people seem gentle, these memories imprinted into Torres show of a genocide. There is an old
woman from this telepathic race on the ship and she has been giving Torres these memories as a way of letting everyone know the truth. Her race had killed off that other race, Torres was playing the part of her in the dreams. It was a good episode, I have seen that it is considered the best episode of season three. I'm not so sure. Guest Stars in this were Chip Esten, Eugene Roche and Bruce Davison.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 47 - False Profits

Yes, the Ferengi! Even better than that, this episode is a direct link to the TNG episode "The Price" in which these two Ferengi go into a wormhole and get trapped in the Delta Quadrant. So while they were there, they crashed on a planet and pretend to be gods. They take over the planet and run the place like dictators.

Voyager discovers them and Janeway makes the decision to step in. Neelix pretends to be an emissary of the Grand Nagus and tries to force the Ferengi to leave.  The two Ferengi discover the ruse. Neelix uses his wits to convince the population that he is the real prophet. In a sign of honor the population decides to burn the three alive, so naturally they beam the hell out of there. The Ferengi manage to steal their ship off of Voyager and head through a small wormhole that only opens up for like a minute, every 7 years. Of course. So here is where Janeway fucked this up. They could have made a deal with these two Ferengi, send them back to the Alpha Quadrant with word of Voyagers whereabouts and compensate them.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 46 - The Swarm

Voyager encounters a xenophobic race known as the Swarm. They pretty much kill anyone that enters their space. They look pretty cool too. Voyager discovers a survivor of a Swarm attack, he is an alien that looks like comedian Steven Wright he tells them of the destructive nature of this race. They form a giant lattice out of their ships and no
one is able to pass through, that is how the Swarm operate.

Side plot, is that The Doctor is loosing his memory. His disagnostic program is trying to clear memory space because it is getting full. They finally figure out how to shut down his diagnostic program and he gets back to normal. In the beginning of the episode, he is learning an opera. opera will still be around in the future, ha!

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Star Trek VGR Episode 45 - The Chute

"Tom Paris and Harry Kim are trapped in a prison. Tom gets stabbed trying to protect Kim, leaving him to try and find an escape plan alone. Simultaneously, Voyager is trying to find a way to prove their innocence."

I do enjoy these episodes that just start in the middle of the action. No build up, just boom... Harry and Kim are in prison. Another good element in this, is the role reversal of Kim and Paris. They are in a legit prison, where you have to fight to survive. Kim is sort of a wimp and Paris has to keep him alive. But, suddenly Paris is stabbed and now Kim must be the protector. They find this sort of cult leader type of guy in the prison and he helps them find a way out... meanwhile they are all fitted with a brain implant that makes them become crazed at times. They find a tunnel (chute) and follow it all the way to an opening....into space. The camera pans out to show that this opening is just a small dot on a huge ship. Great scene.

Janeway and crew find the real culprits of the crime. Which they do, they are revolutionaries and Janeway uses them to find out where Kim and Paris are being held. They use Neelix's ship and hook up to that tunnel hole and do a raid to free harry and Tom.  Robert Pine is in this episode.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 44 - Flashbacks

This one has to be in my top 20 all time Star Trek episodes. The premise is that Tuvok keeps having this painful memory of a little girl falling off of a cliff. It is causing him to have seizures. He does a dangerous mind meld with Janeway in order to bring her into his memory and figure out what is going on. They do the meld and end up in his memory of being an Ensign on the Excelsior under Captain Sulu. It is taking place around the time of the Undiscovered Country movie. Sulu is about to sneak into Klingon space in order to save Kirk and McCoy. The episode has Sulu (Takei), Rand (Whitney) and Kang (Ansara) in it. I am an absolute sucker for these nostalgia episodes. This one is extra satisfying because George Takei is in it. His personality is so electric, I think if they had given him his own show based on the Excelsior it would have at least lasted a solid two seasons. He was so good as the Captain in this episode.

Janeway and Tuvok keep "reliving" the memory trying to figure it out (Rand keeps telling the same "gaseous anomaly" joke over and over again, which is funny). At some point they get stuck in the memory. Meanwhile back on Voyager, The Doctor and Kes figure out what is going on. There is a parasite that disguises itself as a memory, this makes the parasite nearly impossible to find. It will feed off of its host and eventually kill them. I find this concept incredibly interesting. Anyway, The Doctor manages to kill the parasite and end the flashback.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 43 - Basics pt. 2

This episode had the setup to be an A+, but instead it was a B-. Not terrible, but could have been so much more. On the planet the crew deal with hostile cave people, dinosaur worms and volcanos. Could it get anymore stereotypical? This stuff worked for TOS but that starship has sailed.

At one point Chokotay refers to himself as an Indian...which I doubt he would do.

On the ship, The Doctor and Lon sabotage the ship systems. The Kazon are going crazy trying to figure it out, but Seska soon realizes that someone is on the ship. She finds The Doctor and deactivates him. Lon, on his own, continues to sabotage the ship and he shuts down the weapons system just as Paris arrives with a Talaxian force. There is a fight and many are killed, including Seska and Lon. The baby survives and is taken away by a Kazon. Voyager is taken back and the crew is retrieved from the planet.

I really wanted Lon to go crazy and just kill everyone. That would have been fun. Instead he was stealthy. Either way, I hate that they killed him off, this was possibly one of the most interesting and original crewmembers ever. I mean, a homicidal maniac?? How cool is that.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 42 - Basics pt. 1

As far as season finale's go, I think this was one of the better ones in the Star Trek universe. It starts off with a message coming into Voyager from Seska saying how she has had Chakotay's baby and that the Kazon are trying to take it. A vessel then arrives with an injured Kazon, he says that Seska has been killed and that the baby is in trouble. Chakotay and Janeway make the decision to go save the baby.

Voyager ends up surrounded by Kazon vessels. They do a good job fighting them off. Now it gets crazy. That injured Kazon suddenly detonates himself in a suicide bomber move. It seriously messes up the ship, leaving nearly all systems offline. Janeway tries to self destruct the ship (for like the 4th time in 2 seasons), but even that won't function. The Kazon then board the ship and take the entire crew hostage. Paris however was out in a shuttle at the time. Anyway, Seska shows up. It was all a trap. She is married to the head Kazon now. Janeway tries to negotiate with this guy, and he punches her in the face!

The Kazon take the crew down to desolate planet (likened to Earths early stages). They will be marooned here. There is also a good side plot. Remember Lon Suder? He was that homicidal maniac played by Brad Dourif. Well after murdering a bunch of people he was sentenced to life confined in his quarters. While there he has been training his mind with Tuvok and also doing in-depth genetic research on plants. Janeway praises him for his work. Later on they show Lon sitting in the dark and he has the look of a psychopathic killer on his face. So.... The only two people that remain hidden on Voyager are Lon and The Doctor! This could be good.

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Friday, August 07, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 41 - Resolutions

"Janeway and Chakotay must adapt to life quarantined on a planet after they contract an incurable disease."

So now Janeway and Chakotay must live together on this planet forever while Voyager continues on with Tuvok as the Captain. They start to have a romantic relationship, which seems odd. As in, there is no hint of this previously and it seems that within a day on the planet they are already having feelings.

Anyway, Janeway forbids the crew from contacting the Vidiians, even though they probably know the cure. Eventually, they disobey her request and send Torres to contact them, but of course it's a trap and Voyager barely escapes. BUT, in the meantime...remember Pel? That Vidiian doctor that The Doctor saved? She has the cure and smuggles it over to The Doctor. So yeah...that's about it.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 40 - Tuvix

"A transporter accident merges Tuvok and Neelix into a new person."

This has the potential to be the dumbest Star Trek episode, but damn they played this one perfectly. Instead of making it goofy, they went the complete opposite and it made it deep and sad and dare I say meaningful. Tuvok and Neelix merge to make a totally new person named Tuvix. He is has the personality of both Neelix and Tuvok, but at the same time is uniquely himself. When the The Doctor discovers a "cure", it puts Janeway in a dilemma; should she basically kill Tuvix in order to restore her two crewmembers.

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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 doesn't, he kills himself. What a weird episode. It was nice to see Q and he was just as funny as ever. But 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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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 32 - Meld

A crewman is killed and Tuvok must find out who did it. This proves easy as the last man to see this crewmember, ends up being the killer. DNA confirms this and he finally confesses. His name is Lon Suder and he is played by Brad Dourif who was Billy in "The One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". Tuvok struggles to find out why Lon Suder killed this guy, but the answer is just too illogical... for no reason, Suder is a psycho killer qu'est ce que c'est ... Talking Heads anyone?? ...anyway he has  no control or remorse. In fact he claims to have killed a ton of people. This drives Tuvok mad because he doesn't understand this, so he decides to mind meld with Suder in order to get clarification.

Tuvok ends up with Suders emotions and vice versa. So now Lon has some elements of peace, but Tuvok has elements of a psychopath. He realizes this and locks himself in his room to keep the rest of the crew safe. There he goes crazy and destroys everything. The Doctor tries a process that will stabilize Tuvok but it takes time to work. In the meantime Tuvok goes to murder Suder but he stops himself and instead melds again, turning things back to normal. It was a good episode, Tuvok was great and Brad Dourif did an excellent job.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 31 - Threshold

"Tom Paris breaks the transwarp threshold in the Shuttlecraft Cochrane, designed to reach warp 10, but there are some peculiar side effects."

I'm sure there is a transwarp joke to be made, but I'm too lazy to think of one.

This episode had promise, then they just completely goofed it up. Having Voyager find a rare form of dilithium and Paris testing it out by going Warp 10 in a shuttlecraft is rather cool. Then Paris has a reaction to his test run. He begins to see things from every view point at once (mentally speaking), he loses the need for oxygen and for water. He physically turns into a hideous looking creature. Like Bruce Jenner.

The Doctor discovers a bombshell, Paris is actually going through the next phase of human adaptation. Like Bruce Jenner?? His journey caused him to accelerate this process significantly. Ok, this is actually interesting.

Then Paris kidnaps Janeway, they go to a swamp planet, they literally turn into salamanders (like Bruce Jenner??), they mate and have babies, and the Doctor turns them human again....

I should stick with Rocky Dennis jokes.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 30 - Alliances

"Janeway attempts to form an alliance with the Kazon to improve Voyager's standing in the Delta Quadrant."

A Kazon attacks and kills a crewmember. Chakotay offers up the controversial proposal to make an alliance with the Kazon, rather than fight them. After all, they just want to survive and get home. They set up a meeting with Seska. Meanwhile Neelix goes down to the Kazon planet and uses his contacts to inquire about an alliance. He ends up being taken prisoner by the Kazon and put into a "cell" with a group of Trabe. Neelix helps them escape and they end up back on Voyager.

The Kazon backstory is revealed... The Trabe had been a suppressive race that ruled the Kazon. But, at some point they rose up and overthrew the Trabe. Now they hunt the Trabe throughout the Quadrant and make their lives miserable. Janeway sets up a meeting between the Trabe and Kazon. They are leery of the Kazon because they are so angry and unpredictable. During the meeting a ship appears and begins firing at them... it is the Trabe, they betrayed everybody! Now everything is a disaster because nobody trusts anybody.

There are some great visual scenes in this episode, most notably the starship battle scenes. Also, the guy that plays Jiminy Crickett from Once Upon A Time is in this one... and I think he becomes a somewhat regular. Anyway, if you haven't seen Once Upon A Time, it's a very entertaining show.

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 29 - Prototype

"The crew find and reactivate a robot's body which was adrift in space only to find themselves in the middle of a war when B'Elanna is abducted."

Excellent! Voyager finds a robot floating in space. Torres works night and day to reactivate it. The unit looks kind of cool, it's your basic looking AI system...almost like something from a 1950s Sci-Fi film. The backstory on these robots is that they were made by the "The Builders" (humanoids). The Builders died out and the AI units had to fend for themselves. They were basically used as servants and typical robots, but now they had to work together to survive. Which they did. Now they are starting to lose energy. This robot is impressed by Torres and asks her to help create a way to give his society more power. They already asked Tim Allen and he said no. Unfortunately Janeway denies this request due to the Prime Directive.

The robot departs the ship, but just before he does he zaps Torres and takes her. On the robot ship she is threatened into creating a prototype AI robot/energy source. Suddenly another ship arrives and begins to attack. This ship is full of different looking AI robots. Torres realizes that she is in the middle of a robot war. She also discovers the truth. The Builders had been in a war with another group, they eventually came to a truce. However, their AI units had no intention of ending the war. They eventually rose up and killed off The Builders so that they themselves could fight on with each other.
After hearing this, Torres destroys the prototype. While the two ships are engaged in battle, she manages to get beamed out. Voyager leaves the area. I wonder if we will see these robots again?

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 28 - Resistance

"A mission to acquire Telerium goes wrong causing Tuvok and B'Elanna to be captured and believed to be with the resistance."

There was more to this episode than this rather basic plot. In fact, the Tuvok and Torres part was hardy interesting at all. It was the Janeway subplot that really sticks out. Tuvok, Torres and Janeway go to a planet ruled by the Mokra. They are basically an evil dictatorship. Tuvok and Torres end up captured, and Janeway ends up injured. She awakens in the home of a man. This guy (Caylem) thinks that she is his daughter. He is obsessed with saving his wife, who has also been captured by the Martok. Caylem and Janeway go to infiltrate the prison camp to save their wife/crewmembers. They are caught and taken to the leader, Augris. Augris reveals to Janeway that Caylem is just a crazed fool... they killed his wife like ten years ago and his daughter was killed a few years back.

A fight then breaks out and basically everyone is killed, except for Tuvok, Torres and Janeway. As Caylem is dying, Janeway soothes him by pretending she his daughter. It was a good moment. The guy that played Caylem (Joel Grey... Jennifer Grey's father) was outstanding. His acting was far superior to everyone else.

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Monday, July 06, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 27 - Maneuvers

"Kazon Nistrim board Voyager and steal a transporter module in an attempt to unite the Kazon sects."

Seska returns. She has taken her Kazon allies and lays a trap for Voyager. They attack and steal a transporter module. She is working hard to unite all of the various Kazon sects... because as one, they can easily rule this quadrant of space. Chakotay takes this personal and steals a shuttlecraft to go after her (which eventually earns him a
reprimand from Janeway). He ends up captured and tortured for the Voyager command codes. Unfortunately for Seska, the Kazon sects begin fighting each other and while everyone is distracted Torres beams Chakotay back out of there. The transporter module ends up destroyed. All seems fine, until Seska reveals that she stole Chakotay's
"DNA" and impregnated herself with it.... yes, "DNA".

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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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Monday, June 15, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 19 - Projections

"The Doctor becomes delusional after an accident, causing him to believe that he is a flesh-and-blood person and his time on USS Voyager is a holodeck program."

It was an interesting episode. I really enjoy The Doctor, but seemingly every featured episode seems to be about him "saving the ship/getting stuck in the holodeck". So he "wakes up" one day to find that he is a real person and that he needs to save the ship. The only way to save it, is by destroying it.

He is about to do it, when he is told by Chakotay that he is trapped in a holodeck program and needs to just wait it out. If he destroys the ship, he will be erased. The Doctor needs to figure out which story is real... is he a real person or a hologram? He guesses at the later and he eventually is freed. His "guide" the entire time was Lt. Barclay from TNG. It was nice having him on the episode, even though I hated him from Next Gen.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 18 - Initiations

"Chakotay encounters a Kazon youth who is on an initiation rite; to earn his name by killing an enemy or to be killed in the attempt."

I liked this one too. The Kazon youth goes up against Chakotay in an aerial battle and loses. Instead of dying, he is saved by Chakotay which brings him great shame. They are then captured by the Kazon and Chakotay is forced to kill the kid. Instead, him and the boy escape. Neelix steps into a bigger role and negotiates with the Kazon for Chakotay's release...basically he blackmails them. An away team goes to retrieve Chakotay but they are double crossed by the Kazon... Meanwhile Chakotay offers to let the youth "kill him" in order to gain his name. Everyone eventually beams the hell out of there.

The young Kazon was played by Aaron Eisenberg, who was great as always. People thought that he looked to much like Nog, but that didn't bother me. He was excellent.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 17 - The 37's

"A group of humans from the 1930s are found in stasis on a seemingly abandoned planet, including the lost Amelia Earhart."

I really enjoyed this episode. One of the things that I always wanted Star Trek to do is tie-in the UFO craze of 20-21st century Earth. They have done this several times, but I am never satisfied by it. Well, I'm still not satisfied but I like when they bring it up nonetheless. In this case, an Alien race named the Briori came to Earth in the 1930s and abducted 300 people and enslaved them (I would have liked if they showed a Briorian and had them look like a typical "gray"). Among them are Earhart and Fred Noonan (played by Tackleberry from Police Academy...still can't take this actor seriously). At some point the Humans rose-up and overthrew their captors, now they inhabit the planet...over 100,000 of them. They have three magnificent cities and good civilization. Some of the original abductees lie in stasis (Amelia, Noonan etc), they keep them as a shrine.

For some reason Voyager can't beam down, so they decide to land Voyager on the planet. It's an odd gamble by Janeway considering nobody knows how to physically land the ship. If anything ever happened to the ship, it would mean that they would never find a way home. Anyhow, the effects looked pretty good, considering it's old CGI. The episode pretty much consists of the crew trying to convince Amelia and Fred that they are currently in the future. In the end, the colonists offer to let the Voyager crew stay and live there. Some take up the offer, but the core group denies it. There are many flaws to this episode and people seem to find it hacky, but I liked it.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 16 - Learning Curve

"Tuvok trains several Maquis members who have not fully integrated into the Voyager crew."

The Marquis crew is incredibly defiant and refuse to listen to Tuvok. It's basically like training a bunch of Pirates to be Marines. Neelix suggests that Tuvok change his teaching tactics, which goes completely against the Vulcan's nature. He goes by the book, while the Marquis wing-it.

A pathogen has been released on the ship. They narrow it down to a batch of cheese that Neelix had made ..... cough... Anyway, they increase the heat on the ship in order to kill it.... hmm... And um, the ship gets messed up and Tuvok must work together with his Marquis crew to save the ship. The rest is predictable, they learn from each other and save the ship. This is the Season One finale, and it was a decent episode but a terrible finale. I guess due to a scheduling issue this was the finale by default. It was not intended to be and producers were not happy with this. But, overall I thought season one was good. I was surprised by it. I've said this before that Star Trek has too many episodes and 16 episodes was perfect. Unfortunately from now on Voyager rises up to an annoying 26 episodes per season, ugh.

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Monday, June 08, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 15 - Jetrel

I was wondering when they would use Neelix more. It's weird, the pilot had him in a major role but then he just ends up being the fucking cook! Instead, Kes ends up in a major role. This was a good glimpse into the character of Neelix, well acted too.

So years ago Neelix fought in a war against the Haakonians. They eventually used a superweapon to devastate Neelix's homeworld and kill 300,000 people (including his family). Now, the scientist that invented that weapon is on Voyager looking for Neelix. His name is Jetrel. He tells Neelix that the survivors of the weapon have been dealing with a terrible disease and he has come to cure Neelix. Of course Neelix is suspicious and angry with him. Finally he agrees after Janeway persuades him to cooperate.

Neelix admits to Kes that he lied about his war record. Something about a Swift Boat, oh no wait...that was another alien. Anyway, Neelix never served, he was a coward and hid. But, not because he was afraid, but because he was anti-war. Regardless, Neelix is pretty torn up about everything. They eventually find out that Jetrel was lying about Neelix having this disease. The disease is real though, Jetrel himself has it. So why is he on Voyager? Well, his intension was to use their transporter in order to test his experiment to restore the lives all of those that he killed with his weapon. Their molecules are still in the atmosphere and he thinks he can reconfigure them and restore it in the transporter. ....he tries it, and it fails. Then he dies. The end.

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 14 - Faces

"B'Elanna Torres is split into her human and Klingon halves by the Vidiians."

As soon as this episode started I had my doubts about it. There is just so much technically wrong with it. Although it was interesting to hear B'Elanna's origin story and how she struggles with her human and Klingon sides. I did enjoy that they brought back the Vidiians.

So in an effort to cure the Phage, the Viddians have kidnapped Torres, Paris and a redshirt. The Vidiian doctor uses his advanced medical technology to separate Torres into two people; her Klingon self and her Human self. The human side is the total opposite of the Klingon side. He experiments on Klingon Torres in an effort to figure out the Klingons amazing ability to resist sickness. Then in a weird scene...he kills the redshirt and wears his face in an effort to impress Torres?? Haha, what the hell?!?!

So the two Torres's escape with Paris and try to get back to Voyager. Meanwhile, Chakotay has been altered to look like a Vidiian, he shows up guns blazing and gets them out... although Klingon Torres is killed?? Back on the ship, The Doctor adds B'Elanna's Klingon DNA back into her human body. She is restored. First of all, if the Vidiians have such advanced medical tech ... to the point where they can separate a person into two ... why can't they cure this fucking disease!?!? The Vidiians seemingly could at least create new faces for themselves. Then back on Voyager, The Doctor so easily turns human Torres back into a Klingon. It's all too convenient.

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Star Trek VGR Episode 13 - Cathexis

"A shuttlecraft with Chakotay and Tuvok aboard is attacked; Chakotay is left brain-dead, while Tuvok begins acting strangely. An unknown force begins controlling crewmembers."

Again, I just can't look at Chakotay the same way after finding out that the consultant was a phony. This episode is full of "Native American mysticism".
An alien being begins possessing crewmembers and has them steer the ship towards the center of a Nebula. This race needs to feed off of their energy to survive. Realizing that no one is safe, Janeway divides the ships Command Codes between various people. Meanwhile, Torres uses a Native American mystic wheel to help guide Chokotay's spirit while he is brain dead ... just go with it.

Things get serious when Tuvok is possessed and takes over the ship. Janeway gives special Command to The Doctor, as he is the only one that is "unposessable". I'm happy for The Doctor, this is an important moment for him. The spirit of Chakotay helps to overpower this being and they remove it from the ship. Now they are still deep inside the Nebula and do not know how to get out. Chakotay's spirit possesses Neelix and has him make a map of the exit on his mystic wheel. They escape and all crewmembers are restored to normal by The Doctor. It was a watchable episode.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 12 - Heroes and Demons

"The holographic doctor must rescue crew members who were turned to light energy in a Holodeck simulation of Beowulf."

Kim goes missing and they figure out that the last place he was, was in the holodeck using a Beowulf program. Everybody that they send in after him, disappears as well. The Beowulf program has seemingly come to life. Typically I do not like these Holodeck episodes, but this one is well acted (particularly Freya) and it looks great (particularly Freya). I enjoy this 10th-ish century time period stuff generally. So anyway, the only person that can safely go into the Holodeck is The Doctor. Janeway gives him, his first mission. He admits that he is nervous.

The Doctor goes in and plays the role of the hero very very well. I very much enjoyed seeing him in this capacity. Oh yeah and he also picked a new name, Shcweitzer?? Whatever. So, he forms a romance with Freya, but she is killed and dies in his arms. He then swears off the name of Schweitzer because it reminds him of Freya. The Doctor figures out that at some point the ship went through an energy cloud. Within this cloud was alien life forms. Essentially they attacked these aliens without knowing it. Now they are retaliating through controlling the Holodeck. In a gesture of peace, they take one of these energy life-forms and return it to the cloud. The End. I'm annoyed now for some reason.

The actress that played Freya was in Babylon 5.

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Monday, June 01, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 11 - State of Flux

Another good episode. Neelix, Chakotay and others are foraging for food on a planet. A Kazon ship shows up (remember them from the pilot episode?) and Janeway orders the away team back to the ship but Seska is missing. Seska is one of Chakotay's Marquis crew and evidently his girlfriend. She is also Bajoran. He finds her but they are attacked, he is hit but they manage to escape.

Back on the ship a distress call comes in from that same Kazon ship, there has been an explosion and they need help. An away team goes to the ship and finds only one Kazon alive, but in a coma. They also find something very surprising, Federation technology.

Tuvok deduces that the most logical explanation was that they have a spy on the ship. Blame points to Seska as she was the only one to "disappear" during that away mission. She denies it and tries to prove her innocence by retrieving proof on the Kazon vessel. She brings it back and Torres examines it, and realizes that it is one of their food replicators. Another Kazon ship shows up and they come aboard to retrieve their comrade, but they kill him instead. Very suspicious.

Kes and the Doctor make another odd discovery, according to Seska's blood sample she is not Bajoran but a Cardassian! This just gets weirder. Still she denies being a spy and seems very genuine. Signs now point to another crewmember, Lt. Carey. He also denies it. So Chakotay and Tuvok lay a trap for the spy....and Seska walks right into it. It was her after all. She did it to make peace with the Kazon. She thinks they will make strong allies. But, no one agrees. Suddenly she beams off the ship and onto the Kazon vessel.

Honestly, I hoped it wasn't her. I actually started to like the character, but I'm guessing we will be seeing her again. Also I felt bad for Chakotay, he seems like a good guy. Oh well. This was a well done, "whodunit" episode.

An interesting factoid. Star Trek called in a Native American consultant to assist with the Chakotay character. Evidently this guy was a fake Indian, he was really an Armenian pretending to be Native American. This unfortunately makes the character of Chakotay incredibly offensive. I mean, The Accused: The Animated Series would be less offensive.

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