Trekathon 371: Jetrel (VOY)

May 11th, 2012

Neelix runs into a war criminal from his past.

This is pretty heavy handed stuff. The number of not-so-veiled allusions to Hiroshima and Nagasaki got really annoying fast. And too much of the weight of the episode rests on Neelix being serious – possible, but a big ask given how he’s only been given comic relief and exposition roles to this point.

But it works. Just. Risk taking is good, and making a war criminal a potentially redeemable person is definitely a risk. Unfortunately the last few minutes descend into a bit of a technobabble farce, but at least they avoid the temptation of the implausibly happy ending.

371 down, 366 to go.