Thursday, March 31, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 172 - Endgame Pt. 2

Admiral Janeway goes to confront the Borg Queen. She is captured and it seems like she will die, but she unleashes a deadly pathogen that kills the Queen and most of the Borg's. Voyager then goes through the hub, but are followed by a remaining Borg ship. Admiral Janeway goes to the Borg ship and plants a bomb. Voyager makes it through the hub, the Borg ship explodes... destroying the transwarp hub. Now home, Janeway ends the series by saying "Set course... for home." Some of the reveals are that Janeway is an Admiral, Tuvok is in an insane asylum, Kim is a Captain and I forget the rest... This was an OK final episode. Acting was good, plot was fair but not fantastic, visuals were excellent. I always like seeing Starships flying in a planets atmosphere.

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Star Trek VGR Episode 171 - Endgame Pt. 1

Well, it's the end of Voyager. In 2024 Admiral Janeway decides to go back in time to talk to Captain Janeway. It takes awhile to convince herself that she is...herself. Finally she tells Capt. Janeway to go back into the area of Borg space that they escaped from a few seasons back. It seems like a suicide mission, but she says it's important. So they sneak into Borg space and discover a transwarp hub. Capt. Janeway tries to destroy it, but the Borg Queen stops the attack. Admiral Janeway explains that they need this transwarp hub because it will allow them to get home 16 years earlier. This is important because the way things really played out it took them 23 years to get home and many of them died on the way. Captain Janeway still sees that it is more important to stop the Borg's spread, then to make it home sooner. Admiral Janeway then works on a plan to both use the hub AND destroy it...

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 170 - Renaissance Man

Janeway and The Doctor are taken by an alien race. The want The Doctor to steal the warp core in exchange for Janeway's freedom. She tells him to not do it, but The Doctor refuses her order. He doesn't want to see her die. So The Doctor turns himself into a hologram of Janeway and infiltrates Voyager. Tuvok eventually becomes suspicious but it's too late, The Doctor has stolen the core. He did however, leave Paris and Tuvok a clue. They follow the clue right to Janeway and defeat the aliens, saving Janeway and keeping the warp core. The episode was okay, but I was expecting something better for most likely the final "Doctor themed" episode.

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Star Trek VGR Episode 169 - Homestead

"Voyager encounters a Talaxian settlement leaving Neelix with the difficult decision of whether to leave the crew."

While celebrating "First Contact Day", Voyager suddenly discovers a strange asteroid. Paris and Neelix go to examine it and find miners on it, but also Talaxians. Neelix is shocked because he assumed he was the only one left. He meets a widowed woman with a young son and they fall for each other (Neelix and the woman that is). She explains that the survivors have been going from planet to planet trying to find a home. They really like this asteroid but the miners want them gone. Neelix assists in deploying a shield around the asteroid in order to keep the miners out. He then decides to stay with his people. Janeway makes him an Ambassador, allowing him to live with the Talaxians but still be in contact with Voyager. I must admit, I was a little sad to see Neelix go.

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Star Trek VGR Episode 168 - Natural Law

"Seven and Chakotay are stranded on a planet with primitive humanoids."

Thankfully they don't really hook-up or anything because really, Chakotay?, please. He ends getting inured and Seven looks for help. They both end up meeting with a primitive culture. Both are impressed by this culture but try not to influence them too much. This doesn't work because soon the people become intrigued by Chakotay's tattoos and Seven's implant.

Meanwhile, Paris gets in trouble for reckless driving and has to go to drivers training class?? Whatever. It's on the same planet that Chakotay/7 are on. You find out that there is a barrier separating the old culture and the new. The crew struggle with the idea of removing the barrier or leaving it there.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 167 - Friendship One

Voyager now has regular communication with Starfleet. They are then sent on a mission to retrieve a Starfleet Probe named Friendship One. It had been sent years earlier and is believed to be in Voyagers location. They track it down to a planet. This planet has been devastated by nuclear winter. They find the surviving population sick and basically starving. Soon some of Voyagers crew are taken hostage. It is revealed that Friendship One had caused the devastation of the planet. After some fighting back and forth, Janeway finally works out a deal to restore the planets environment. After giving them aid and supplies, Voyager launches probes into the atmosphere which causes the planet to soon become sunny.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 166 - Author, Author

What a fun episode. I think the only character that I will miss from Voyager is The Doctor.  The Doctor writes a novel named Photons Be Free. In it, he is portrayed as a super nice guy while the rest of the crew are complete a-holes. In order to get back at him, Paris changes the novel in order to portray the Doctor as a perverted philanderer. Anyway, after all of that is cleared up, The Doctor eventually gets it published and a flash forward to the future shows that it is somewhat of a hit. I am going to miss The Doctor.

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Star Trek VGR Episode 165 - Q2

It was good to see Q again. In this one, Q brings Q Junior (who is played by John de Lancie's real life son) to Janeway. He wants him to live on Voyager so that he can learn some manners. The plot is pretty dumb, but whatever. Of course he is a huge pain in the ass and causes a ton of trouble. Eventually he begins to change his ways. The Continuum is annoyed by Q and his dumb antics and they punish him but are pleased by the progress of Q Junior. It was basically a typical Q episode. They should have Q-Bert on episode, played by Burt Reynolds.

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Star Trek VGR Episode 164 - Human Error

So Seven creates this holodeck program in which she has a romantic relationship with Chakotay... Chakotay?? Anyway, her implant begins to mess her all up and she screws up her duties. The Doctor figures that her implant is activating a program that prevents her from feeling emotions. He said that he is able to remove it after many surgeries but she says no. At the end she declines a dinner invitation from the real Chakotay, thus choosing to remain emotionless. I guess.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 163 - Workforce pt. 2

Neelix helps Torres to remember her life on Voyager. It seems as if this Plant has been kidnapping people and forcing them into slave labor. Meanwhile on the planet, the doctor at the Plant is becoming suspicious of these new workers. They all are coming down with the same syndrome. This is a bi-product of mind control. She eventually uncovers the plot that her company has been forcing people into slave labor. The local government knows nothing about this and she eventually reports the Plant to the authorities.

Guest stars include the great Donny Most and John Aniston.

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Star Trek VGR Episode 162 - Workforce pt. 1

The episode begins with Janeway working in a factory, ala Flashdance. We then see that Tuvok, Paris and Torres also work there. Tuvok then goes crazy and is diagnosed with dysphoria syndrome. The doctor treats him and soon he begins to remember his time on Voyager.

Chacotay, Neelix and Kim then return from an away mission to find the crew missing. They determine that they had been kidnapped and taken to a nearby planet. Chakotay goes there in disguise. He then saves Torres and has Neelix take her back to Voyager...

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Star Trek VGR Episode 161 - The Void

"Voyager is pulled into a void, where the ships that have become trapped attack each other for food and resources."

Why are they always getting stuck in voids?? This episode was way to complicated for such a basic plot. There was just too much going on here. Basically, they get stuck in the void where there are other ships that have been trapped as well. These others scavenge supplies from other ships in order to survive. Voyager is soon wiped clean. Eventually Janeway works an alliance with these other ships. They all work together on a way to escape the void.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 160 - Prophecy

Voyager runs into a Klingon ship, they are unaware that peace had been made between the two races over 80 years ago. They eventually believe Janeway when the notice Torres being pregnant. They also believe her baby to be the "savior". When it is discovered that these Klingons have a rare disease, they use the babies stem cells to cure them. Literally making it the savior.

Weird side plot: Neelix has sex with a Klingon woman.

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Star Trek VGR Episode 159 - Repentance

Voyager assists in transporting prisoners to their execution. They are appalled at the guards treatment of the prisoners and eventually Janeway orders her own crew to take over guard duties. Seven befriends a convict named Iko who eventually starts to show remorse for his crime. Neelix then befriends another convict that talks about how he was profiled, this ends up being a ruse in order to escape. The escape attempt fails. Both of these actors ended up being in Sons of Anarchy.

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Star Trek VGR Episode 158 - Lineage

Torres is pregnant. She doesn't want the baby to look Klingon because she fears a repeat of her terrible childhood. She thinks that her father left because she looked too Klingon. The Doctor says that he can genetically alter the baby if they want. Paris says no, but Torres says yes. They argue for most of the episode, but eventually Paris convinces Torres that he will never leave them.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 157 - Shattered

This is a very interesting plot. Chakotay is injured in a blast and the Doctor injects him with some serum. The side effect of this allows Chakotay to experience different point of time on different parts of the ship (also different Voyager episodes). For instance, Engineering is stuck in the episode "Basics" in which the Kazon/Seska control Voyager. The bridge is stuck in episode one "Caretaker". Chakotay must get all of the various "episodes" to work together in order to get everything back to normal.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 156 - Flesh and Blood pt. 2

It doesn't take long for the Doctor to figure out that Iden is untrustworthy. He begins making desperate moves and even starts sacrificing his own kind in an effort to save himself. Torres and the Doctor work together to stop Iden, while Voyager fights to disable the holo-ship. Eventually the Doctor "kills" Iden and the remaining sane holograms get to live as free individuals. The Doctor braces for a harsh reprimand but Janeway goes easy on him. These two episodes generally get good reviews, but I don't know ... I was a little bored.

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Star Trek VGR Episode 155 - Flesh and Blood pt. 1

"Voyager's hologram technology, which Janeway had previously donated to the Hirogen, has been modified to make the holographic "prey" more cunning, enabling the hologram characters to rebel against their new masters."

Voyager responds to a Hirogen distress call. A group of the hologram "prey" have gone out of control. The holograms have been fighting the Hirogen using a holo-ship. Janeway decides to aid the Hirogen, but the Holo's lead them into a trap. They abduct the Doctor and use him to help repair their own holographic technology. He insists that this is a job for an Engineer, not a Doctor. It takes some time but eventually their leader, named Iden, convinces the Doctor to help them. After all, he is one of them. The Doctor goes back to Voyager and abducts Torres...

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Star Trek VGR Episode 154 - Nightingale

While on a planet for maintenance, Kim gets stuck in the crossfire between two races, the Anarri and the Kraylor. The Kraylor ask Kim to help them reach their home world safely with much needed medical supplies. He agrees. Janeway is irked because she just negotiated with the Anarri. Kim assumes command of the Kraylor ship and pilots it to their planet. Being attacked by the Anarri most of time, he eventually is forced to abandon the ship before it explodes. Still, everyone arrived home safely. Peace with the Anarri was ruined however. Ron Glass was in this episode.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 153 - Body and Soul

The "uggh" Delta Flyer is taken hostage by the Lokirrin. Kim and 7 are captured and the Doctor hides himself within 7's body. So now the Doctor is basically 7. As 7 he goes a little crazy wanting to experience everything. He eats a lot, gets drunk and kisses a guy and then gets sexually aroused during a massage from a female. Sounds like every night at Studio 54. Solid episode, and I must admit that Jeri Ryan was good in it.

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Monday, March 07, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 152 - Inside Man

Barclay sends a hologram of himself to Voyager. meanwhile his girlfriend has broken up with him. Her name is Leosa. Barclay is upset, so him and Troi go to confront Leosa. Come to find out that she was basically a hooker the entire time. She ended up working for the Ferengi. They had her compromise Barclay's hologram, so that it would go to Voyager and steal 7 of 9. Something dumb like that. The Ferengi are obsessed with 7 and continuesly talk in weird sexual enuendos when discussing her. Meanwhile, Holo-Barclay is on Voyager and must be stopped... I enjoyed seeing The Ferengi again.

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Friday, March 04, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 151 - Critical Care

Tons of great acting in this episode. Including, one of my favorite TV actors, Larry Drake. He was Benny on LA Law. One of the best episodes on Voyager. The Doctor is taken ... yet again. This time he is forced to work in an overcrowded hospital run by The Administer where sickness is rampant. But, it's not as straightforward as it seems. Their is a hierarchy for care. Only those deemed worthy are given the best care. The rest are sent to different levels based upon their mental or physical worth. Those at the bottom, just die. The Doctor finds this appalling and sneaks care to everyone. He is finally caught. He devises an ingenious plan to infect The Administer with a disease, thus deeming him to be a "low leveler". Finding this to be unacceptable, The Administer decides to do away with his care hierarchy. Seems too easy, but whatever. It was all your typical old school Negative Eugenics plot.

151 down 21 to go

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 150 - Repression

Far fetched plot, but an interesting one. Voyagers former Marquis crewmembers are suddenly being attacked one by one. During an investigation Tuvok discovers who the attacker is ... it's himself! Come to find out, several years ago he was captured by the Bajorans and forced to undergo mind control. Now that word is out that Starfleet can contact Voyager, the Bajoran priest implants the "code word" in a message from Tuvoks son. Upon watching the message, Tuvok is triggered to attack.

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Star Trek VGR Episode 149 - Drive

"The crew of Voyager enter the Delta Flyer in a sub-warp race, crewed by Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres, and events conspire to encourage Tom to propose to her."

The character I hate the most on Voyager is the Delta Flyer. Seriously, I hate this thing. Every time they talk about it, I want to vomit.

Why would they bother entering a race?? Especially one in which they could possibly die. Cyia Batten is in this episode as Irina and she is very good in it. Irina teams up with Harry in the race, but secretly she is a terrorist that plans on blowing up the event. Again, sad sack Harry falls for a woman and it ends in disaster.

So the entire time, Paris and Torres are arguing and she plans on leaving him... then he suddenly he proposes and all is well again. Seems like a love that is meant to last.

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