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by David E. Sluss

14 May 1998

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: It was dull; it very nearly put me into stasis. There isn't a lot to complain about (or laugh at), nor a lot to praise, and so this is likely to be a short review.


CLICHE AVOIDED OF THE WEEK: Since this was yet another "altered reality" episode (about the tenth this year, it seems), I was positive -- positive -- that the episode would end with Seven waking up in a stasis tube having dreamed the entire adventure, since the Doctor had run the ship alone, and Seven had to be -- uh -- "tubed" because her human skin, naturally, was vulnerable to the radiation. I was relieved that wasn't the case (and tacked on an extra point to the rating above for avoiding that B.S.).

CLICHE UNAVOIDED OF THE WEEK: Why is it that malfunctioning computers always get all slow and wavery when they speak? It doesn't really make any technical sense. I kept waiting for Majel Barrett to sing "A Bicycle Built For Two"... (let's see if anybody gets this one).

STAR TREK II REFERENCE OF THE WEEK: It was only a couple of weeks ago that Janeway dropped Carol Marcus' name, and this week we get a "Mutara-class" nebula, which Seven calls in her log "the Mutara nebula." Oddly, the nebula doesn't look anything like the Star Trek II Mutara nebula, which as I recall didn't cause headaches or radiation burns either.

MST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: In the teaser, the bridge crew writhes in agony; "Someone is transmitting past Voyager episodes directly into our minds! Run away!"

TIME WARP OF THE WEEK: So the "Mutara" nebula is over a hundred light years wide and will require a month to get through. Except every exterior shot of Voyager during the journey shows the ship travelling at impulse power; at that speed it'll take over a hundred years to get through. It sure seemed that long to me...

NEW TECHNOLOGY OF THE WEEK: The unusual stasis tubes, which apparently allow people to wake up and get out of them. That's kind of strange; either you're in statis or you're not. And why is Paris not burned during the times he is out of the tube? Why, for that matter, does being in stasis prevent one from being burned?

OLD TECHNOLOGY OF THE WEEK: The triumphant return of Voyager's "bioneural gelpacks," which haven't even been mentioned for years (since the infamous "cheese incident," I believe). I give the writers some credit for remembering them; and it makes sense (at least in a Voyager kind of way) that the neurons in the gelpacks would be affected by the radiation just as the crew's were.

NEW BIOLOGY OF THE WEEK: So Seven's implants (the Borg ones, that is) protected her brain from the migraines, supposedly. But there's no mention of why she's immune from the radiation burns. I guess she has skin like the Tom and Harry clones from "Demon" who had normal human skin which tolerated 500K temperatures. And speaking of Seven's Borg implants, is it just me or did her "eyepiece" look a little different? I can't put my finger on it, but it didn't seem quite the same.

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NEXT WEEK: Jeri Taylor's swan song; I have a salty tear in my eye already...



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