Projections - A pretty good character episode on EMH the best character of the show
This is an enjoyable episode but not a very satisfying one. It’s got the Doctor AND Barclay, and it’s starts out as an intriguing reality-shift mystery like the better Brannon Braga TNG episodes. But then it just keeps pulling one rug after another out from under the characters and viewer before coming to a conclusion that manages to feel both inevitable and arbitrary.
Alliance - Not a great episode but it's the episode (along with Learning Curve) that symbolises the death of the show. The episode that puts the question, does strict adherence to Federation principles really apply and work when you are a single ship in a middle of nowhere. The episode answer yes it does we must follow Federation dogma, full steam ahead and let's go back being a TNG rip off and not take advantage of the unique premise of the show.
Dumb. The point that somebody needed to make was that Janeway out to be able to make whatever kinds of negotiations Federation officials can make in the Alpha Quadrant without that being seen as a compromise of the Federation mission. After all, they are the only Federation representatives around. And the climactic betrayal shouldn’t be seen as illustrating anything other than the Voyager crew’s naiveté and incompetence.
And aren’t all the Kazon ships they destroy and people they kill a disruption to the local balance of power?
Theshold - This is one of the worst episode in Star Trek history and the most idiotic episode ever written. However it's so infamously bad that everyone must watch it. It actually quite an entertaining episode in a so bad it's good type way.
Already discussed, although I’d also point out that nobody bothers to ask whether Paris or Janeway retained any memory that could help them find the other Caretaker.
Meld - Suder is pretty awesome villain.
Great performance from Brad Dourif, and a smarter handling of the concept of telepathic powers than we usually get from Star Trek.
Death Wish - A reasonable Q episode before Voyager ruin him
Some strong characterization for the two guests and some admirable emotional range yields the best episode so far. It was probably controversial but I liked the revelations about the Q Continuum. I do wish that somebody had pointed out that if Q2 takes Qs offer to let him return to the Continuum there’s always hope of him effecting change and helping everyone escape eternal stagnation; and that the offer to return Voyager to Earth had never been extended because that makes the verdict more obvious.
You didn’t recommend this but it had a high IMDB rating. I thought it was pretty bad, so good no-call Trung. The idea of the matter being duplicated but not the anti-matter could have been cool but has any episode been more swamped in technobabble? Then the Vidians take of the ship with no effort, but Harry Kim fights his way to sickbay and then to the breach with equal lack of effort. And one Voyager and an entire Vidian ship are destroyed and we’re just supposed to shrug it off?
The big “twist,” that the Voyager you think is going to be the one to get destroyed is the one that survives, is dumb, because that requires them to handwave repairs that seem like they should literally have taken years.
LOL at the baby.
The Thaw - A legitimately great episode. When I was a kid in primary school, this actually scared me. I think it brings up the spirit of TOS
Yes, good call! An episode that inexplicably gets a middling IMDB rating is the first one I’d say is an all-time-great Trek episode. Creepy and suspenseful and in the best tradition of TOS and alot of other classic pulp sci-fi. For once Kirk would have been proud, and the final fade out strikes the perfect note.
Tuvix - A moral dilemma where the crew don't pick the 3rd option (although I do find the option they picked morally questionable)
I don’t know what to make of this, or how we were even expected to react. Everyone seems to come down on the same side of some pretty murky identity issues, and given their consensus the ending is kind of horrifying. I will say that as goofy as the premise is, the technobabble is lucid and has a real internal logic. Although like most transporter accident stories I have to wonder where the extra matter went and how they got it back at the end.
Basics - Not a great episode but resolves the Kazon/Seska Arc and caps off the first two season
The stuff with Suder has real moral and emotional weight (although I wish his death was more meaningful), and creates massive cognitive dissonance with the disregard for all the Voyager crew and aliens that die in the rest of the episode. On TNG more than 30 seconds and two people would have been required to evaluate the worth of this mission. They sure care a lot more about Chakotay’s kid than they did Janeway and Paris’ offspring! Then, as expected, it was a trap. And it was all revealed to be for nothing, but nobody cares!
The stuff on the “primitive planet” is pretty awful, like a goofy TOS episode. Nobody but Chakotay cares when they kill those grotesquely stereotypical cave man aliens. Chakotay cares, because he’s guided by the Spirit of the Indian (who probably needs to make amends for convincing him to go on this fool’s errand).
Paris can destroy a Kazon ship in a crippled shuttle?
I cannot believe that the scenes of Suder’s spiritual anguish about having to kill exist in the same story where probably over a thousand people die for nothing with almost no acknowledgement. Poor Suder. I understand why they wanted to wright him out, but I was hoping his death would be something like he does what he has to do to retake Voyager, and then at the end dies because he refuses to kill one last Kazon in his personal defense when he knows they’re about to be forced to abandon ship.