More Voyager Reviews

By Amy
November 3, 2000 - 6:17 AM

  • Jason Bates of IGN SciFi has reviewed Voyager's latest offering, 'Critical Care' and, as per usual, he wasn't very impressed by it.

    All right, maybe there're some of you out there who work in the health care industry. Or have been recently frustrated by standing in line at a hospital or filling out paperwork or worrying about whether or not your insurance was going to cover some medical procedure. In that case, you have my sympathy. Dealing with doctors, HMOs, insurance companies, pharmacists, etc., is rarely fun or easy, and the bureaucracy can be maddening if someone near to you is sick or dying. And sure, there are inequalities in our current health care system. Gross inequalities.

    But none of that is an excuse for inflicting this excruciatingly boring, heavy-handed morality play on a bunch of poor innocent Trekkers who just want to see their favorite characters walk around and talk to each other, developing emotional entanglements and heated rivalries, exploring strange, otherworldy concepts on the fringe of imagination...

    For the full review, where Jason gives it only 2 out of 5 (actually lower than last week's generally panned 'Repression'), click here.

  • Meanwhile, Trek Nation's own Ed Hineshas posted his review of last week's episode, 'Repression'. Like many other reviewers, he found particular faults in the show's intra-continuity.

    The Doctor finds several minor microfractures in Tabor's cranium as well as subdermal contusions along his shoulder. Granted, this kind of technobabble tends to fly right past your face, but given consideration, it unmistakably refers to a Vulcan mind-meld and a nerve pinch, respectively. The Doctor, however, is curiously unable to diagnose these symptoms, even though he has likely seen them before. Has no Vulcan nerve pinch ever left similar subdermal contusions along a victim's shoulder? Wouldn't the cranial microfractures show a pattern that might indicate the spread of an attacker's finger imprints along the victim's skull? As we have seen before in Star Trek, the level of medical knowledge and capability is only as advanced as the plot allows it to be.

    Tabor's room has books stacked on a shelf. Ordinarily, this would be a nice touch as far as set decorations go. However, Tabor was a Maquis, transplanted to Voyager in "Caretaker." Where did the books come from? Were they miraculously rescued from Chakotay's raider before it was destroyed? Beamed over to Voyager at the last instant? Not likely. Tabor could have replicated them over the past seven years, but why would he need to? They are frivolous and inconsistent with Voyager's history of energy conservation and replicator rationing. But what else is new?

    Again, for Ed's full review, click here.

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