My #StarTrekVoyager rewatch S4E05 “Revulsion”
This is the episode that derailed me last year. The entire thread disappeared into the aether and It was so bad that I couldn’t revisit it too soon. Now though, here we go!
A short teaser. A hologram hides a body, cleans up a crime scene & sends a distress call.
A testimonial for Tuvok: fake laughter at unfunny stories. Annoying. But Tuvok gets promoted; like he hadn’t already worn the rank pins for lieutenant commander for several episodes. Why is the Vulcan the only funny one?
Then Paris and Torres are cringy. “You must have been suffering from oxygen deprivation to say you loved me!” Ugh!
In other tedious bits of bookkeeping, Voyager finally gets the distress signal. The Doctor is ecstatic to meet another hologram. It’s obvious that Dejaren, who calls himself an isomorph, is dangerously unstable.
They hit us over the head with it. Our away team spends too much time talking about how dangerous the isomorph is then the doctor teaches the homicidal hologram how to control the ship. Genius!
“Spectrum” though is a great name for a holographic goldfish. That’s the high point.
The show is trying to do a bit of horror that doesn’t work very well.
The B story with Seven and Kim is mildly amusing at the end but not nearly worth the trouble of getting there. Janeway and Neelix disappear less than 8 minutes into the episode. The rest is a bunch of scenes cut together with only two cast members. Occasionally three. The episode seems designed to give some people a week off. Giving everyone a week off, including the audience, would have been preferable.
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