'Lineage' Reviews

By Christian
January 29, 2001 - 6:29 PM

  • This will undoubtedly come as a surprise to many, but Jim Wright at Delta Blues has actually put up his review of 'Lineage', the first Delta Blues Voyager review in quite a while. Here's a snippet:

    All in all, not a bad episode. The story moved along, and it maintained a nice consistency with the B'Elanna backstory. The performances were pretty solid, and the characterization was not overshadowed by the technojive. Though I must admit, I'm not sure why Roxann was in her underwear so much this week, in so many variations--perhaps it was a metaphor or something.

    In the actual review, the episode is awarded 3.5 stars.

  • Over at Section 31, staff writer Shaun Whiteaker has put up his own review of the episode, awarding it an 8.5 out of 10. Whiteaker especially liked the performance by Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres), even going as far as suggesting she could qualify for an Emmy with this episode.

  • And as if the appearance of a new Delta Blues review wasn't already suprising enough, it turns out David E. Sluss at the Cynics Corner also really loved the episode:

    PITFALLS AVOIDED OF THE WEEK: There were so many ways this episode could have gone down the crapper, and while Voyager generally finds those pitfalls as unerringly as all those anomalies find them, this time things were different. They could have gone with the usual surly-aliens-of-the-week plot as filler, but they didn't. They could gotten too sap-o-rama or silly with the shell-shocked expectant parents and the meddling friends, but that was largely kept in check. They could have pulled the reset button trick, and have pregnancy turn out to be fake or end tragically via technobabble. They could have copped out and put Paris and Torres in a position in which the big decision was arbitrarily taken away from them, but instead we're tormented with just that possibility when the Doctor "changes his mind" about the procedure, only to have it turn out this reversal was caused by character rather than contrivance. A solid outing, and we don't say that often around here.

    In the actual review, the episode is awarded a 9.0. Click here to read it.

  • Over at TrekWeb, O. Deus has also put up his review of the episode, as one of the few reviewers on the net strongly criticising the episode. Though he liked the writing and acting of the show, he also thought it would have fit in better with a soap series, and that the issues dealt with in the episode could have been explored a lot deeper. Click here to read his review.

  • Michelle Erica Green at Fandomshop also isn't just filled with praise for 'Lineage':

    My initial reaction to this script is to be pleasantly surprised, despite my loathing of Torres' hysterical behavior. But more later on the B'Elanna Version of the Inevitable Trek Father Complex, from which every major character in memory has suffered except fatherless Naomi Wildman. I'm more interested in the beginning of this script, which, like "Tuvix," raises a lot of timely issues. Though it fails to capitalize on nearly all of them, at least it does make a viewer think.

    Read on here.

  • And finally, Jason Bates at IGN Sci-Fi has put up his review of 'Lineage':

    For once, Voyager tackles a real-world issue without climbing into a pulpit and beating us over the head with their own self-righteousness and then "proving" the correctness of their opinions with a ridiculous series of poorly-plotted random events. No, they addressed complex issues without offering up easy answers but still leaving us plenty to think about, and they did it by getting in the head of one of their better, if under-used, characters.

    In the full review, the episode is awarded 4 out of 5 stars.

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