Voyager ReviewsBy Amy
February 8, 2001 - 3:25 PM
- The first crop of new Voyager reviews for the day are out – there are three to choose from, dealing with two different episodes. Starting with the most recently aired episode, ‘Prophecy’, there’s O.Deus of TrekWeb, who, unsurprisingly, didn’t think too much of it, calling it both ‘uninspiring’ and ‘patchworked’.
The saddest words ever said are, what might have been. And at times what might have been begins to look like it might become Voyager's eulogy. The post-Repentance watching party consisting of sour bread and chlorine water is definitely one of those times. It's not that Star Trek in general doesn't screw up their payoffs more often than not. Certainly every Star Trek fan can name half a dozen two parters in which the first part was far superior to the concluding second part. But Voyager just seems to have a special talent for it and a talent for doing it in the clumsiest way possible.For those of you that want to read the full review, please follow this link to TrekWeb.
Voyager's entire premise has rested on it being lost in the Delta Quadrant and completely cut off from Starfleet and the Alpha Quadrant species. So when it came time for the big sweeps episode in which Voyager contacts Starfleet that all the fans and viewers were looking forwards to; Voyager's writers of course gave us a comedy routine co-starring Andy Dick that featured two EMH's trying to figure out where the controls are. Now in retrospect Message in a Bottle had some funny bits in it, but with that episode Voyager's writers turned their entire premise into a joke. If you're expected to take Voyager's plight seriously and their struggle to reach Earth at the centerpiece of the whole platter; then a payoff episode that takes this into
Second up, we move on to the first of the ‘Repentance’ reviews – from Michael Hinman over at SyFy World. He thought it was ok, rating it a 79 our of 100.
Debating the issues of life and death:Star Trek has been known to tackle controversial issues, but usually it's issues that no one else will tackle. To be completely honest, if I see one more show that deals with capital punishment, I'm going to find the writers and show them what the electric chair is really like. Geez. This episode is so black and white, and really brought us into some strange, uninteresting situations. Two security guards nearly beat a man to death, he is helped using nanoprobes, and then look -- he's cured! Oooh! Never to commit a crime again. If he had put on a dress, I would've compared the transformation from Charles Manson to Marilyn Manson.Again, to read the full review, please follow this link to SyFy World, which is a part of the Trek Nation.
- Last, but certainly not least, there’s the irrepressible David E. Sluss, aka the Cynic, over at the Cynic’s corner. Like almost every other reviewer so far, he thought that 'Repentance' had "all the subtlety of a two-by-four to the head".
CONTRIVANCE OF THE WEEK: The "Seven as hostage" bit in sickbay was pretty bogus, only there as a dramatic moment in the teaser to keep us from switching over to The West Wing. First of all, the two prisoners beamed to sickbay both had lifesigns that were extremely weak; yet the Con with a Heart of Gold seemed to be in pretty good shape, able to move quickly enough to grab a weapon as well as a reflex-enhanced ex-Borg. Then we have Seven held at knifepoint. Good heavens! Any reason why they couldn't be beamed out of sickbay with the knife filtered out? Any reason Tuvok couldn't just "shoot first and ask questions later," i.e. stun the perp, and if he happened to stun Seven too, so what?By clicking here, you can get the Cynic’s full take on the episode and find out why he awarded it a rating of 6.5.