More 'Repression' Reviews

By Christian
October 28, 2000 - 11:48 PM

  • Jamahl Epsicokhan at Star Trek: Hypertext has put up his review of 'Repression', which he thought was the weakest episode of the season so far:

    Why make this episode? The story's destination is woefully contrived and completely pointless.

    "Repression" is an hour of television that goes to great (and unlikely) lengths of plotting to accomplish basically nothing. It's one of the most artificial, pointless Voyager exercises in recent memory. I'm trying to think what the creators thought they were onto here by putting a story like this into production, but I'm at a loss. When the whole point of a show like this is to be a contrived mechanical exercise and absolutely nothing more, what exactly are we supposed to take from the experience?

    Click here for the full review, in which the episode is awarded one and a half star.

  • More positive is Jason Bates at IGN Sci-Fi, who gives the show a rating of 3 out of 5, though he also complained about the predictability:

    The first half of this episode was one of the most excruciating bores I've had to watch recently. The problem was I figured out who was attacking the ex-Maquis crewmembers within the first five minutes, pretty much as soon as the Doctor started describing the nature of their wounds. And it didn't take long to figure out why the pointy-eared was doing this: they showed us the crazy mind-controlling guy in the opening sequence.

    Read on here.

  • And finally there's AnotherUniverse's Michelle Erica Green, who liked the episode, if she didn't think too much about it:

    Purely from an entertainment standpoint, I enjoyed this episode. It was nice to see Tim Russ getting to show some range, as Tuvok experienced rage, fear, confusion -- all those emotions usually denied Vulcans. We knew from the teaser that a Bajoran was the culprit, and it was pretty obvious from the first fuzzy photonic image that Tuvok had forced Tabor to meld with him -- for that matter, it was obvious from the way director Winrich Kolbe shot Tuvok in close-up that something was off-kilter. Yet the story played out with tension and dramatic flair, much better than the somewhat similar first-season episode "Cathexis," which also saw Tuvok hiding his own security breaches. As long as one doesn't think about it too closely, "Repression" makes a nice stand-alone episode in the brainwash-thriller tradition of The Manchurian Candidate.

    The full review can be found by following this link.

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