Site Columns By Caillan
May 10, 2002 - 1:37 PM

Hello World!

I recently ordered some old Voyager videos from, and as if by fate, they arrived yesterday just as I started to get sick. (They were very prompt, and the videos were in good condition, so I can recommend them to fellow Aussies.)

First video off the rank was 2.6 - 'Threshold' and 'Meld.' I can hear your screams of agony now - yes, I did pay money to preserve 'Threshold' in my collection for all eternity. Well, for one, I don't think it's the worst of Voyager - I was at least entertained, as compared to 'Natural Snore,' er...'Natural Law.' In fact, I think Robert Duncan McNeill gives a great performance, and the idea itself has just got a little out there towards the end. Not that there's anything wrong with being out there - if Captain Archer got turned into a salamander, Enterprise would improve no end.

Now, believe it or not, I'd never actually seen 'Meld.' While watching it, I was struck by how great an actor Tim Russ is, and how he got little chance to shine in the second half of the series. In fact, I also thought the same when I saw 'Prototype' - so much of B'Elanna's role was taken over by Seven of Nine from season four onwards, and it was nice to see her really get a chance to shine.

In revisiting these episodes, I'm just as eager to watch the bad ones as the good ones - 'Time and Again' has great nostalgia value - you've gotta love those outfits Paris and Janeway wear on the planet! Last year, I bought the video containing 'Parturition' because I wanted to see a prototype version of Janeway's season five hairdo. Which reminds me, I really ought to pick up 'Cathexis' to see her 'Seven of Nine' bun...

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