Voyager Reviews

By Christian
April 27, 2000 - 8:18 PM

As the first person on the net, Michael Marek at Cinescape has put up his review of 'Muse', the Voyager episode that aired yesterday. Here's how he starts his analysis:

"Muse" is one of the Star Trek episodes that few people will remember by next year. In fact, many viewers probably spend much of the episode wondering when something significant is going to happen. Although this is a stand-alone episode that will probably have no impact on future episodes, writer Joe Menosky provides us with a surprisingly satisfying story.

You can find the full review by going to Cinescape.

Also new is a review by Michelle Erica Green at AnotherUniverse's Mania Magazine. In her analysis, Green discovers a parallel with the current state of Star Trek:

It's always a risk to write a drama about what makes a good drama; it makes the audience that much more aware of when they're seeing something contrived, cliched, or condescending. "Muse" isn't a dramatic episode so much as an expose on the Voyager writers' apparent philosophy of storytelling, which makes its own flaws dramatic to observe. Here, in a nutshell, is everything that's right and wrong with the series.

You can find the full review in a new edition of her Hailing Frequencies column. The column also includes a plot synopsis of the episode, a look at recent Trek news, and a review of the TOS comic 'Embrace The Wolf'.

Finally, Julia Houston at's Star Trek Fans has put up her review of 'Live Fast And Prosper', the Voyager that aired last week. Here's a snippet:

"Live Fast and Prosper" is downright delightful. We know what's coming every step of the way, but that only makes it better.

The story is both fun and funny, which turns out to be just the right way to point out one of Voyager's greatest dangers: trust is itself a vulnerability.

In fact, that may well be the ship's central danger from the very beginning. In determining to run Voyager as a Starfleet ship, Janeway has been enforcing protocols based in Alpha Quadrant politics. These protocols, as we've seen almost constantly since that array blew up, require the possibility of good will. Basically, it's the "nice but tough" approach, extending the open hand of friendship first, returning kindness in turn, and powering up the phasers only after receiving the first blow.

For the full review, please follow this link.

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