Archive for May, 2012

Trekathon 385: Parturition (VOY)

May 25th, 2012

Paris and Neelix work out their problems with each other while on an away mission.

Another episode that is largely based on Neelix’s insane jealousy. Oh goody. That’s worked well so far.

Well, I suppose it isn’t that bad. It’s very low calorie, just not much substance to it. And the puppet for the baby alien they discover is so very obviously a puppet. But there are worse ways to spend an hour. Also better ways, though.

385 down, 352 to go.

Trekathon 384: The Visitor (DS9)

May 24th, 2012

Sisko dies, and Jake is obsessed with bringing him home.

This is the best episode of Star Trek I’ve seen in a very long time. Quite possibly ever. It’s not a big, galaxy wide story. It’s a small, personal story, but a deeply affecting and incredibly well written one.

The performance of the adult Jake is a huge part of the episode’s success. It’s a brilliant performance, that builds on the young Jake in a very clear way.

Anyone who watches this episode without a tear in their eye at the end is dead inside.

384 down, 353 to go.

Trekathon 383: Twisted (VOY)

May 23rd, 2012

Voyager becomes a lot harder to navigate.

So, a quick summary of the episode: weird things start happening, weird things get worse, everyone turns maudlin and despairs, then everything turns out all right without any intervention.

So, this one jumped off the rails for me when Torres ended up in the Transporter room, but never even thought of using the transporter. That was about 11 minutes in. But the added ‘Neelix jealousy’ stuff was another turnoff. In all, not a good episode, but not the worst thing ever made either.

383 down, 354 to go.

Trekathon 382: The Way of the Warrior (2) (DS9)

May 22nd, 2012

The Klingons go to war, and Sisko is in the middle.

This episode moves so fast I got whiplash. We go from everything happening at a safe remove to Klingons invading the station inside of about 20 minutes, adding on to the Klingons only having been the bad guys for about 20 minutes more. It’s simply too quick. I think things would have been far better served by stretching this story out over a much longer period. As it is, we get what is probably the largest battle/action sequence ever in Star Trek, but it doesn’t have any resonance as we don’t know why it’s happening.

I thought the second half was pretty good overall, though, despite this quibble. There are some nice ‘quiet’ moments, particularly the one between Quark and Garak. And while Worf’s initial ‘I want to quite Starfleet’ comes out of left field, it develops and resolves fairly well.

382 down, 355 to go.

Trekathon 381: The Way of the Warrior (1) (DS9)

May 21st, 2012

A Klingon fleet visits the station, and a certain ex-Enterprise Klingon is called in to help.

For the most part this is a really clunky course correction. It introduces a lot of new stuff, and brings back some Klingon plots not touched much in years. But the decision to introduce a new war between the Klingons and Cardassia is puzzling. A complication too far, with a lot of balls already in the air.

The episode is weighed down by equal parts dull exposition, a bit of pointless Holodeck diversion, and then a lot of soul searching by Worf. None of it adds up to a very fun way to spend an hour, but maybe the second half will bring a bit more.

381 down, 356 to go.

Trekathon 380: Non Sequitur (VOY)

May 20th, 2012

Harry Kim finds himself back in San Francisco (and in nearly 400 years they still haven’t knocked down the hideous Transamerica Pyramid).

Voyager’s first ‘return to Earth’ (I’m betting there will be more yet) is ultimately a bit underwhelming. The how and why of getting there and getting back is all done through some pretty dull ‘convenient alien’ exposition. And the show never gives Harry Kim any doubt that he’s in the ‘wrong’ reality – it would have been a lot more interesting if his decision to leave was a hard one.

The main failing, though, is that we don’t learn anything about Kim or Paris. We get a glimpse of the path they might have gone down without Voyager, but nothing there is new or interesting. Kim’s a nerd, Paris is a loser. Surely we could’ve seen something just a bit more interesting.

380 down, 357 to go.