Day: March 12, 2017

Star Trek – Voyager – tape 2121

Here’s the second episode in the first season of Star Trek VoyagerParallax. Staffing issues are causing problems. The chief engineer is in sickbay, having been punched in the face by B’Elanna Torres. But he probably deserved it because he’s a dick. Chakotay wants to make Torres chief engineer, which makes sense as she’s in the opening titles, and boring old chief engineer isn’t.

They’re already explaining why the holodeck power supply can’t be used for the warp engines, a transparent excuse to let them keep using the holodeck for stories.

A senior staff meeting is interrupted by a quantum singularity. Neelix tries to explain to Kes what an event horizon is, calling it an ‘energy field’.

There’s a ship near the event horizon, which they can’t identify, and strange things are happening with the Emergency Medical Hologram, who’s slowly shrinking, as illustrated by this amazing special effect.

Shrinking Doctor

To nobody’s surprise, the other ship is actually a time-shifted Voyager, and there’s some confusion late on in the show when Torres and Janeway are out on a shuttle and have to figure out which one is which. Naturally, the show resolves with Torres proving herself, and getting the job as chief engineer.

After this episode, the recording continues for a couple of hours, so we get a random episode of Highlander, followed by another episode of Renegade, two shows which feature heroes with ludicrously coiffed hair, which seems to epitomise the 80s.

The tape ends after Renegade.

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