Month: October 2012

  • Trekathon 544: Once Upon a Time (VOY)

    Voyager’s only child is kept in the dark as her mother is missing on an away mission. A Holodeck episode *and* a small child? What can possibly go wrong? Well, to be honest, nothing particularly goes wrong here. It’s just a bad idea, and nothing is added to make it interesting. The children’s story is […]

  • Trekathon 543: Once More Unto the Breach (DS9)

    Old Klingon warriors never die, they just fade away. Another strong Klingon story. It’s strange – these used to be pretty dreadful episodes in the main, but now there’s a war to fight there’s a lot more to like about them. It doesn’t hurt that the model is pretty explicitly ‘submarine movie’. The basis of […]

  • Trekathon 542: In the Flesh (VOY)

    Voyager finds an alien replica of Starfleet in San Francisco. OK, but not great. The setup is good – the mysterious start, trying to work out what’s going on, Chakotay’s ‘date’. It all contributes to a sense of not knowing very well what’s going on, and being a bit worried by it. And it was […]

  • Trekathon 541: Treachery, Faith and the Great River (DS9)

    Weyoun defects to the Federation. Strangely uninteresting for an episode with a strong premise (and title). We haven’t done very much with the complicated relationship between the Vorta and the Founders, or Odo’s place in all of that. There’s also the serial clones that allow familiar faces to stick around. But with all of that […]

  • Trekathon 540: Extreme Risk (VOY)

    Tom builds a shuttle, B’Elanna finds a [black dog]( The crew of Voyager have a lot to learn about dealing with depression. The Doctor has absolutely no idea about how to treat it, even with his massive medical database. Janeway thinks the answer is to elevate the stakes and take her off duty. And Chakotay […]

  • Trekathon 539: Chrysalis (DS9)

    Doctor Bashir’s rag-tag group of genetically enhanced misfits returns. Flowers for Algernon with a bit of a creepy vibe. It makes sense for Bashir’s character that he falls so head over heels in love with this girl. But what doesn’t make sense is that he can’t consider how difficult it might be for someone who […]

  • Trekathon 538: Drone (VOY)

    A transporter accident creates a Borg drone with advanced technology. One of the problems with there being 537 stories before the episode you’re writing is that it’s very tricky to come up with a story that hasn’t been told before. This episode is basically [I, Borg](, with a bit of [The Offspring]( mixed in, with […]

  • Trekathon 537: Take Me Out to the Holosuite (DS9)

    Sisko is challenged to a game of baseball by an old rival. This is an awful episode. It’s based on understanding and enjoying baseball (witness the around ten percent of the episode spent simply reading the rules at different points). The premise involves a racist Vulcan, which seems inconsistent with everything we’ve seen about Vulcans […]

  • Trekathon 536: Night (VOY)

    Voyager goes through a region of space with no stars, and everyone goes a bit wiggy. The scientific contortions aside, the ‘becalmed patch’ thing they were trying for here was potentially interesting. It doesn’t work, because they give up and head into the action story far too soon, and Janeway appears to strangely overreact. I’m […]

  • Trekathon 535: Afterimage (DS9)

    Ezri Dax comes to terms with herself. This story fell quite flat with me, and I’m not really sure why. The performance is pretty good, although I would’ve liked to see a bit more ‘Jadzia’ in Ezri (as there was in the previous episode). The real problem might be that the story is simply too […]