Month: April 2012

  • Trekathon 360: Prime Factors (VOY)

    Voyager finds a race with the power to send them halfway home. For the first 15 minutes or so this felt like an unwelcome step back to the bad old days of TNG Season 1. Something about the staging and set design of the planet rubbed me badly the wrong way. Super-advanced aliens are hard […]

  • Trekathon 359: Emanations (VOY)

    Harry Kim is dying to get back to Voyager. I enjoyed this. It was a pretty successful attempt to look at a trickier issue, and for once didn’t feel like all the answers had to be there for the episode to be complete. And it was nice that the solution came from Harry’s actions and […]

  • Trekathon 358: Ex Post Facto (VOY)

    Tom is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. So he says, at least. This fell pretty flat. The science fiction element (the ‘relive the victims last moments’ thing) didn’t get a lot of use. It would have been nice, for instance, for the repetition to cause Paris to start to doubt his innocence. And […]

  • Trekathon 357: Visionary (DS9)

    O’Brien becomes unstuck in time. Time travel episodes are pretty tricky to get right. It’s a fun story when you write it down in 200 words, but once you have to start working out the internal logic it’s very hard to do something that has strong internal logic without spending half the episode in exposition. […]

  • Trekathon 356: Eye of the Needle (VOY)

    Voyager finds a way home. Maybe. This is a good story, although I would have preferred to have a bit more of the Doctor’s B-plot than some of the slow development in the main story. But I felt that the emotional content was a bit lacking. The crew goes from having a 70 year journey […]

  • Trekathon 355: Prophet Motive (DS9)

    Grand Nagus Zek tries to change all Ferengi culture. So, whose bright idea was it that the first reappearance of the wormhole aliens since the pilot should be in a ‘comedy’ Ferengi episode? That takes my normal annoyance at Ferengi episodes to a whole new level. It’s better than some of the other Ferengi episodes, […]

  • Trekathon 354: The Cloud (VOY)

    Voyager investigates a nebula that may provide energy for the ship. For the most part this is the first episode to really try and address the situation that the crew is in. It does a good job with a lot of the elements – the reduced circumstances for the crew, the slow realisation of their […]

  • Trekathon 353: Destiny (DS9)

    An ancient prophecy predicts doom as Cardassian scientists visit. A slow and talky episode, but not in a bad way. We’re calling back to something that hasn’t been mentioned at all lately, namely Sisko’s night job as a Bajoran messiah. And there’s some nice development of the new peace between Cardassia and Bajor. On the […]

  • Trekathon 352: Phage (VOY)

    Neelix’s lungs are stolen. Well, it’s better than [*Spock’s Brain](, the last major organ theft episode from Star Trek (almost 300 episodes ago…) It’s not that bad at all, really. Once past the silliness of the concept there are some interesting points. The Doctor is developing well as a character, although it’s all a bit […]

  • Trekathon 351: Heart of Stone (DS9)

    Major Kira gets her foot stuck. Another focus on Odo, this time looking at the Kira/Odo relationship in more detail. I was honestly finding this all a bit rote and boring (threatening the life of a main character never works well for me, I know its not going to happen), but the resolution redeemed things […]