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Voyager - Series Finale

Okay, I stopped following TV shows a long time ago, because if I wanted to keep up with all of the ones I find vaguely interesting, I would do nothing else but watch TV, sort of like my dad (only my dad doesn't follow the same TV shows that I would, he just watches Law & Order and boxing).

But my parents were going to watch the series finale of Voyager, so we all sat there and watched it. It was kind of disappointing. I knew previously that the Borg Queen was going to be in it, so I guess I kind of had higher expectations since First Contact was so amazing. This was basically just like a 2-hour episode, instead of anything spectacular.

There were some cool things in it, like the Borg's transwarp hub. Now, if I had one of those things, I could terrorize the galaxy too. I thought that some of the scenes with 7 of 9 and Chakotay were kind of amusing, in the way that scenes in Star Trek where one character has done some research on human mating rituals in order to pursue another character are amusing. But that brings up what I would have to say is the very worst part about Voyager.

Somewhere through the second season, Voyager just turned into one big soap opera. (Well, so did TNG and DS9 to a certain extent, but Voyager was much worse). Maybe the writers wanted to convey how, being lost together in space the crew of Voyager really bonded with one another and eroded their Starfleet detached professionalism. Or maybe they just couldn't think of anything else to make the show interesting. In this case, I'm not giving them the benefit of the doubt.

Anyway, in this episode the writers want you to think that the crew of Voyager has become, not just one big happy family, but a democracy too. They are in fact so much of a big happy family that when the Borg Queen refers to them as Janeway's "collective", Janeway doesn't even flinch.

The gist of the episode is that a future Janeway has figured out a way to go back in time and get the ship back to the Alpha quadrant like 16 years before they were supposed to. So she gives it a try, but the present Janeway and her democracy - er, crew - object because they have a choice between getting home sooner or crippling the borg and potentially preventing lots of assimilations (but only in the Alpha quadrant). Unsurprisingly, since this is Star Trek, there is a happy ending, but I won't say what it is in case you actually want to watch the show.

My parents and Owen felt that the show was full of too many temporal logic problems to be internally consistent. The only character who grasped these problems was the Borg Queen. I'm a little more laid back about the temporal anomalies -- it's just a show, after all.

There have been many better Star Trek stories than this (especially any even numbered movie and anything involving tribbles). There have been many worse Star Trek stories than this. As a saving grace, it did have Reg Barclay in it. But it was still only average.

Score: Two and a half pints (of Romulan Ale).

Two and a half pints

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