Month: June 2012

  • Trekathon 421: Tuvix (VOY)

    Harry Kim’s incompetence maims Tuvok and Neelix. This could have been a lot, lot worse. The concept of merging Tuvok and Neelix into a single person could have been played for comedy. Instead this episode takes a much more difficult philosophical path. Unfortunately the decision made at the end rings false. No matter how justified, […]

  • Trekathon 420: For the Cause (DS9)

    Sisko’s girlfriend could be an agent for the Maquis. Did not see this one coming. OK, the Eddington thing I saw a mile off. But the Kassidy Yates thing was out of left field. And, honestly, it still feels a little arbitrary – we’ve never had a reason to suspect she might be on the […]

  • Trekathon 419: The Thaw (VOY)

    Voyager tries to rescue some people from a bizarre virtual reality. Not since [The Royale]( have we had to put up with such an annoying, pointless ‘allegorical’ world. I have never understood the [Comedia dell’arte](’arte) obsession that American writers have, it’s incredibly obscure and yet comes up all the time in shows like Studio 60. […]

  • Trekathon 418: The Muse (DS9)

    Lwaxana Troi again. Excuse me, I just need to go get my nail gun. OK, that’s probably a little harsh. This is more a story about Odo than Lwaxana, and making the story about a character care about rather than hate makes things much more palatable. For once the relationship Lwaxana is thrown into during […]

  • Trekathon 417: Shattered Mirror (DS9)

    Back to the mirror universe again. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. The mirror universe started out as interesting and refreshing. But by now it’s just silly. The only new element is the mirror universe Worf, and frankly that gives us absolutely nothing interesting at all. Other than that, […]

  • Trekathon 416: Hard Time (DS9)

    O’Brien tries to recover from 20 years of implanted memories of a prison sentence. Most of the time Star Trek is a pretty B-grade show. It does some fun action, but it’s not that deep or special. And that can make this Trekathon a bit of a grind at times. But every now and then, […]

  • Trekathon 415: Innocence (VOY)

    Tuvok crash lands on a moon, and finds a small group of children also recently crashed. They say there are only seven basic plots. So it seems, as Star Trek has a lot of ‘Die Hard in a …’ episodes, so why not ‘Kindergarten Cop with a Vulcan’. It’s entirely by the numbers, with the […]

  • Trekathon 414: Rules of Engagement (DS9)

    Worf goes on trial for destroying a civilian transport It’s nice to see some narrative courage. The ‘turn to the side and answer during flashbacks’ was a bold thing to try. I found it clunky and annoying, but hey, they tried something at least. On the other hand, there was a Klingon culture thing here […]

  • Trekathon 413: Deadlock (VOY)

    A spatial anomaly creates another Voyager. But only of them can survive. This is a good example of what Voyager does best. There’s a fantastic action sequence in the opening sequence, taking advantage of the two ships to kill off quite a few people in surprising fashions. The remainder of the episode takes full advantage […]

  • Trekathon 412: Investigations (VOY)

    Neelix uncovers a spy on board as he tries to do the “Good Morning Vietnam” thing. All that careful plot laying of the last few episodes gets used up all at once, as we find up what Paris was up to, and the traitorous crewmen is discovered. The main payoff is in the misdirect, where […]