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Star Trek: Voyager

The Sixth Season

by David E. Sluss

1999 - 2000

>> Voyager Season 6




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Voyager's sixth season, and for the season as a whole.
Equinox, Part II (7.0 / C-)
Summary: Janeway pulls out all the stops to defeat the evil Equinox crew.
The Bottom Line: A rarity in Star Trek: a second part that is better than the first. Still, the usual Voyager inanities manage to rear their ugly heads. More...
Survival Instinct (8.0 / B-)
Summary: A group of individualized Borg drones have a profound effect on Seven.
The Bottom Line: Belief must be suspended from the Eiffel Tower, but it's worth the effort, thanks to some strong acting and decent dialogue. More...
Barge of the Dead (7.5 / C)
Summary: A near-death experience puts Torres in touch with her Klingon roots.
The Bottom Line: Klingon Klaptrap in the Delta Quadrant proves to be a bit less eye-rolling than expected. While heavy recycling is in evidence (think "The Inner Light" meets "Coda"), the episode does not foul up too horribly. More...
Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy (7.5 / C)
Summary: Aliens use the Doctor's program to spy on Voyager.
The Bottom Line: Decent, as "Star Trek comedies" go, but not funny enough to completely justify the suspension of belief required to buy it. More...
Alice (4.5 / F)
Summary: An alien shuttlecraft becomes a strange obsession for Paris.
The Bottom Line: Voyager does Christine, and Stephen King must feel like he's been run over again. More...
Riddles (6.0 / D-)
Summary: An alien attack leaves Tuvok brain-damaged.
The Bottom Line: There's a good episode screaming to get out, but in space, no one can hear you scream. More...
Dragon's Teeth (4.5 / F)
Summary: The crew discovers a race of aliens that has been in hibernation for centuries.
The Bottom Line: If you like your heroes stupid, this is the episode for you. More...
One Small Step (7.5 / C)
Summary: Chakotay attempts to retrieve a space probe launched from Earth centuries ago.
The Bottom Line: While filled to overflowing with just about every Voyager cliche you can think of and some of the worst science ever, the show manages to tell a decent and affecting story. More...
The Voyager Conspiracy (6.5 / D)
Summary: The suspicion that Voyager was stranded in the Delta Quadrant deliberately tears the crew apart.
The Bottom Line: Way off the plausibility meter, but tolerable as clip shows go. More...
Pathfinder (8.0 / B-)
Summary: On Earth, Lt. Reginald Barclay is determined to find a way to contact Voyager.
The Bottom Line: Implausible and self-indulgent as this episode is, it does have its moments and a worthwhile payoff.  More...
Fair Haven (3.0 / F-)
Summary: Janeway finds herself falling for a hologram in a simulation of ancient Ireland.
The Bottom Line: An exercise in masturbation, in more ways than one. More...
Blink of an Eye (8.0 / B-)
Summary: While Voyager orbits a planet for a few days, the planet's inhabitants observe the vessel for centuries of their time.
The Bottom Line: An interesting concept, executed fairly well. However, Voyager's Powers That Be really need to stop casting from the studio basement. More...
Virtuoso (4.0 / F)
Summary: The Doctor's singing makes him a celebrity on a planet of short mathematicians.
The Bottom Line: The National Association for the Advancement of Short People might be pleased with it, but it's hard to imagine that anyone else is. More...
Memorial (7.0 / C-)
Summary: Crew members ae tormented by memories of a massacre they never participated in.
The Bottom Line: There's an outstanding episode trying desperately to get out, but it's beaten back by predictability, less-than-compelling acting by the Three Stooges, and a questionable resolution. More...
Tsunkatse (7.0 / C-)
Summary: Seven is captured and forced to fight to the death in an alien arena.
The Bottom Line: Another triumph for UPN's promotional department as their efforts at lowering expectations made this dreaded episode seem relatively palatable. More...
Collective (5.0 / F+)
Summary: Voyager encounters a crippled Borg vessel inhabited only by young drones disconnected from the Borg Collective.
The Bottom Line: A half-baked episode, with a poorly-conceived and poorly-executed premise. More...
Spirit Folk (0.3 / F---)
Summary: The holographic inhabitants of the Fair Haven simulation become aware of their true nature when the holodeck malfunctions.
The Bottom Line: The worst Star Trek episode ever made. More...
Ashes to Ashes (5.5 / F+)
Summary: A dead Voyager crew member returns, having been resurrected and transformed by aliens.
The Bottom Line: A largely predictable and by-the-numbers outing, with the usual liabilities like mediocre acting, continuity gaffes, and lapses of logic and good taste. More...
Child's Play (8.0 / B-)
Summary: When the family of one of the orphaned Borg children is discovered, a sinister secret is revealed.
The Bottom Line: A pretty good outing, though with a little more thought, this episode could have been a real classic. More...
Good Shepherd (7.0 / C-)
Summary: Janeway selects Voyager's most poorly adjusted crew members for an away mission.
The Bottom Line: A fair episode, but one that seems to just stop rather than end. More...
Live Fast and Prosper (7.0 / C-)
Summary: Alien con artists impersonate Janeway and her crew.
The Bottom Line: Standard fare. Not outrageously bad, but nothing to write home about either. More...
Muse (8.0 / B-)
Summary: When Torres crash-lands on a planet, a local writer is inspired to create plays around the Voyager crew.
The Bottom Line: An interesting, somewhat subversive episode, best viewed as a meta-fictional indictment of Voyager's own storytelling problems, such as rushed, inexplicable endings, inconsistent characterization, and crude acting. More...
Fury (6.0 / D-)
Summary: Kes returns, and boy, is she pissed.
The Bottom Line: An unnecessary and difficult to swallow episode. And to think we almost made it through a season without time travel... More...
Life Line (8.0 / B-)
Summary: When the Doctor learns that his creator, Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, is dying, his program is sent to the Alpha Quadrant.
The Bottom Line: Superbly acted and largely well-written, but more than a bit predictable. More...
The Haunting of Deck Twelve (8.0 / B-)
Summary: Neelix tells the Borg refugees a story about an alien lifeform that Voyager once encountered.
The Bottom Line: Though derivative, this show somehow turns out quite a bit better than it should, thanks to a decent script and effective direction. More...
Unimatrix Zero (4.0 / F)
Summary: Seven discovers a group of Borg drones who are somehow able to experience individuality while still in the Collective.
The Bottom Line: Put a fork in the Borg; as a credible threat, they're done. More...
The Sixth Season in Review (Season rating: 6.5 / D)
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