Jammer Reviews Three Episodes

By Christian
March 22, 2000 - 12:43 AM

Jamahl Epsicokhan at Star Trek: Hypertext sends along word he's put up three new Trek episode reviews, immediately bringing the site up to date. Here's a short quote from his first review, analysing 'Ashes To Ashes':

I certainly don't consider continuity to be the end-all-be-all of Trek. But I do appreciate continuity and I think it's an important aspect of television writing. If you're not going to use continuity, then don't use it. But don't blatantly contradict it and pretend we aren't going to notice when history is being rewritten on the fly. Maybe I'm just too close to the series; the casual viewer probably wouldn't know or care, and I'm guessing the casual viewer is the intended audience.

That said, "Ashes to Ashes" is simultaneously a stand-alone show, a reset-button show, a stew of continuity contradiction, a show that has a subplot that hints at a future evolving storyline, and a decent (albeit unrealized) human drama. What we have here is a story that works reasonably if you accept it at face value. But this is also an episode that helps the credibility of Voyager as a series cave in upon itself. If Voyager is supposed to be a believable fictional universe, this isn't helpful to the bigger cause. (What bigger cause?)

More can be read in the full reviews for Ashes To Ashes, which is awarded 2.5 out of 4 stars, Child's Play, which is awarded 3 out of 4 stars, and Good Shepherd, also good for three stars.

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