More 'Muse' ReviewsBy Christian
April 29, 2000 - 9:05 AM
Jeff Bond at Eon's Tube Reviews has uploaded his review of 'Muse', the most recent new Voyager episode. In his review, he talks about how this is yet another episode mostly spent looking inward at Trek:
"Muse" is an idea that might have looked fresh and charming five years ago, but after TNG's "Who Watches the Watchers" and a season full of self-reflexive VOYAGER stories, "Muse" winds up looking like a farrago of post-modern, navel-gazing overkill. Particularly coming on the heels of last week's "Live Fast and Prosper," in which alien con artists impersonate Voyager crewmembers, watching alien actors strutting through exaggerated character sketches of Seven of Nine and Janeway makes you wonder whether the VOYAGER writing staff is either reeling under the "Is STAR TREK Dead?" press obsession or convinced that it truly has produced a set of characters worthy of being deified by every impressionable being they encounter.
In the full review, the episode is awarded a C+.
Jason Bates' review for IGN Sci-Fi deals with pretty much the same themes:
This metafiction theme (that is, a story about the process of making a story) runs straight through the episode like a spine and it either works for you or it doesn't. Me, I didn't like it because it didn't go far enough. Sure, it was almost Seinfeldian at times in being a show that was ultimately about nothing, but if it really was supposed to be a show about making a show then they should have interrupted the Greek play with something along the lines of Berman and Braga themselves walking out onto the stage and speaking directly into the cameras and to the fans. Now that would be metafiction TV!
For the full review, in which the episode is awarded a 2 out of 5, click here.