Month: August 2012

  • Trekathon 483: Day Of Honor (VOY)

    B’Elanna has a pretty bad day, what with the being marooned in space and all. This is the kind of thing that Voyager has done badly in previous seasons. We’ve got the alien race of the week being annoying, one of the crew learning a Very Special Lesson ™ about the value of being in […]

  • Trekathon 482: The Gift (VOY)

    Kes’s psychic talents accelerate, and Seven of Nine comes to terms with being apart from the Collective. This is the most ‘continuity heavy’ episode that isn’t a 2-parter in just about all of Voyager. The episode opens with the Borg-modified Voyager, and Seven’s modified cargo bay. Things pick up just moments after the last episode, […]

  • Trekathon 481: Scorpion, Part II (VOY)

    Voyager’s fragile alliance with the Borg goes to war. A bit too much exposition, not quite enough action. But it’s a better resolution to the two-parter than the average in Trek. And there are some nice Janeway/Chakotay character moments, although they’re probably on the ‘confusingly brief’ end of the spectrum – a lot goes unsaid […]

  • Trekathon Season Review: Deep Space Nine, Season 5

    With the exception of the one departure into the very very bad ([*Ferengi Love Songs*]( and a couple of other bad eggs (*Let He Who is Without Sin* and *Empok Nor*) it’s been a very good year. My ratings have actually put 13 of the episodes as very good or better, half the season. A […]

  • Trekathon 480: Call to Arms (1) (DS9)

    That Federation-Dominion War finally kicks off. It’s the end of the season, so we’re going to get a cliffhanger. But abandoning the station to the Dominion and Cardassians is a pretty good one. As always with the cliffhanger, it’ll come down to the resolution of course – but as setups go you’d have to look […]

  • Trekathon 479: In the Cards (DS9)

    A station on the edge of war needs a morale boost, and Jake and Nog are going to provide it. A bit over [200 episodes ago]( there was a nice subplot with Jake and Nog trading around the station to make some profit. The main plot here is a subtle callback to that, with them […]

  • Trekathon Season Review: Voyager, Season 3

    The good news for year 3 was that Voyager finally managed a great episode. [Before and After]( is up there with the very best of Star Trek. Unfortunately, it took almost 60 episodes, and is matched this year by two of the worst: [Alter Ego]( and [Favorite Son]( Sadly both Harry Kim episodes – the […]

  • Trekathon 478: Scorpion (1) (VOY)

    Voyager finds the Borg territory, as well as the alien race that is crushing them. To quote George Lucas’s masterwork – ‘there’s always a bigger fish’. In this case, the unstoppable ‘Species 8472’, whose motto is ‘the weak will perish’. That’s the setup for a pretty good action episode that still takes the time for […]

  • Trekathon 477: Empok Nor (DS9)

    A mission to salvage parts from DS9’s twin goes awry when they seem to end up in a bad horror movie by mistake. Not good. I suppose it’s a reasonably competent attempt to create a more oppressive atmosphere. But it’s really pretty silly stuff. They stretch a long way to set up the situation in […]

  • Trekathon 476: Worst Case Scenario (VOY)

    Chakotay leads a mutiny against Janeway. Another missed opportunity. While the story here (Seska’s booby trapped the holodeck program), it would have been much more interesting to try and maintain the pretence that this is a real mutiny a lot longer – the whole episode, even. There was a really good idea, but it gets […]