Star Trek Voyager (VOY) Season 2
The episode descriptions are given in normal text, my comments in small text. Rating: 0=worst, 10=best (rating system)
The 37's Stardate 48975.1: Voyager discovers an
ancient automobile from Earth adrift in space and an old SOS
signal coming from a nearby planet. Janeway decides to land the
ship, since it is not possible to beam down. The crew discovers
several stasis chambers with humans and releases them, among them flight pioneer
Amelia Earhart, who mysteriously
vanished in 1937. Briefly later a number of human settlers appear, who
live on the planet. Their ancestors have been abducted by the Briori
centuries ago just like Earhart, but have eventually expelled them in a rebellion. Janeway
leaves it to the crew to join the human civilization on the
planet or return to the ship, but eventually all crew members
decide to continue the journey home.
The episode begins with several flaws. First of all, what should be so strange about iron oxide (=rust) in space? There could be all kinds of compounds besides pure iron. Moreover, the truck wasn't really that rusty and was only one year old when abducted from Earth. Secondly, due to inevitable internal leakage currents it is impossible that there is enough charge left in a battery after 400 years. Thirdly, how can a 20th century receiver pick up a signal sent with a 20th century transmitter over a distance of many million kilometers? Only the power source of the aircraft radio was replaced with modern technology.
Fortunately these inconsistencies are not very important for the story which is great. Actually, as a two-part episode it would have been a fantastic season finale and premiere. I would have liked to see something of the human cities anyway. I would have liked to see Amelia Earhart fly the ship. I would have liked to see some sort of love affair, maybe Paris falling in love with a resident beauty. There was so much potential for more. Anyway, the episodes is only 45 minutes of which not a single moment is wasted. It is surprising that Star Trek shows the otherwise popular "alien abduction" plot for the very first time, and that it is not mystified like in other sci-fi and mystery series. The most important outcome of the episode, however, is that Voyager has been to a hospitable place for the first time since their arrival in the Delta Quadrant. This is supposed to boost morale a lot.
Remarkable quote: "The remarkable thing about the humans on this planet is that they evolved very much like the people on Earth. Tens of thousands of light-years apart both civilizations managed to create a world they could be proud of, one where war and poverty simply don't exist." (Janeway)
Remarkable scene: Tuvok takes cover and pulls his phaser when the exhaust bangs upon starting the ancient motor.
Remarkable facts: There are currently 152 crew members. -- The ship goes to blue alert when entering the atmosphere. -- The Briori planet is Class L - oxygen-argon atmosphere.
Ship landing: #1
Current crew count: 152
Initiations Stardate 49005.3: Chakotay is alone in a shuttle when he has to destroy an attacking
Kazon-Ogla vessel, but he
rescues the pilot, Kar, a teenage Kazon. The two are captured by
the Kazon. As Chakotay is facing his execution and Kar is being despised
for his failure to earn his name in a battle, they escape to a lonely planet. Although Voyager
is ready to beam him up, Chakotay gives the boy the chance to
gain respect by shooting at him. Kar, however, chooses to kill his maje instead,
thereby earning his Ogla name.
The episode is not very exciting, but interesting in that it gives some insight into the Kazon culture. It is often superficially described as Klingon-like, but has a distinct and obviously not very sophisticated view of "honor". Kar has to kill an enemy to earn his name. Bad enough, but the enemy may be even his own maje, or is it only the gratitude of the new maje why it is accepted? Anyway, the Kazon leave anything but a distinguished impression. I don't know if one should be sorry for Kar who fits into his role only reluctantly, or if one should congratulate that he has finally made it. The episode has a satisfactory end, but not a happy one, at least not from a human(ist) point of view.
Remarkable fact: Kar is played by Aron Eisenberg aka Nog.
Shuttles lost: 1
Projections Stardate 48892.1: When the Doctor is
activated during a Kazon attack, he discovers that he can bleed
and experience pain, as if he were a real human being, whereas the
other crew members seem to be projections. Lt. Barclay from the
Jupiter Station tells the Doctor he is actually Lewis Zimmerman,
a human trapped in his holodeck creation of a starship named
Voyager. On the real starship Voyager, the crew succeed in
retrieving the Doctor, who was trapped on the holodeck and
suffering hallucinations after a computer malfunction.
Unusual situations, sudden twists, unexpected revelations. That is what I always like to see and what this episode has plenty of. The ingenious story entirely focuses on the Doctor. Other crew members have only a few lines, if any. It is not a deficiency, though The beginning points to a rather conventional plot. There must have been a sort of attack, and the Doctor doesn't manage to contact the other crew members. Fortunately this is not the case, but it takes a while before this first turning point is reached. The first hint that something is not right comes when there is suddenly a projection system in other rooms besides sickbay. The second one is the Kazon who intruded the mess hall. How could he enter the ship, and if he managed to do so, why are there no other Kazons? The third hint is the most definite one: The Doctor starts bleeding and feeling pain, although it is not part of his program. Actually, the Doctor is supposed to be a real human, Lewis Zimmerman, and Lt. Barclay (Dwight Schultz) tries hard to convince him. It was worth while to get him for a guest appearance, and even a bit ironic, since Barclay was the one who had severe problems with illusion and reality in TNG: "Hollow Pursuits". I loved the flashback to "Caretaker" that was skillfully inserted into the episode, without requiring a time travel or another strange phenomenon.
Another nice idea was to make Kes his wife, possibly reflecting the Doctor's wishes at that time. What if all the formerly real persons are actually holograms and vice versa? For some time, one could really believe that the whole Voyager story is only a holodeck program, similar as it would be done again in DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars". The episode also reminded me of Riker's weird experience in TNG: "Frame of Mind". In a manner of speaking, the resolution is similar, since the difference between the manipulation of a human mind and of a computer program is not that big. Chakotay's appearance marks the second turning point. Just when the Doctor is almost convinced that he is Lewis Zimmerman, he suddenly faces another, equally probable explanation.
Remarkable scenes: The Doctor orders the computer to "shut down all holographic systems" and all the previously real persons disappear. -- In the closing scene, the Doctor stretches his arm out of sickbay. It disappears and thereby proves that he is a hologram.
Elogium Stardate 48921.3: The presence of
space-dwelling life forms causes Kes to enter a premature elogium, the Ocampa maturation process. It is the only phase in her short
lifespan to conceive a child, and Neelix is accordingly under pressure too. But
her elogium turns out to be a false alarm. In the meantime, Voyager
has to deal with the creatures that obviously mistake the ship
for a mating partner, and the situation is resolved by mimicking
a gesture of humility.
I just don't like this episode, and it has been my least favorite for some time. Agreed, we learn a great deal about Kes and about the Ocampa life. Yet, at some point it's not interesting any more to see Kes' continuous suffering of stomach ache and various other side effects of her elogium. It is not credible anyway that such a hurry is necessary. I wonder how the Ocampa civilization can survive if their women live only 9 years, have only one phase of fertility and one pregnancy, if any. All Ocampa should be twins - at the very least. Considering that it would be more complicated in Kes' case anyway, since her mating partner would be a Talaxian, why doesn't the Doctor just combine their DNA in vitro? After all we're in the 24th century. Moreover, it is quite obvious that the act of begetting wouldn't have been pleasant, let alone romantic anyway. The only good point is that the general question of children on board is discussed, and - what a coincidence - at the end of the episode Ensign Wildman tells Janeway of her pregnancy. The secondary plot with the space whales - it reminded me too much of TNG: "Galaxy's Child" and there was nothing new about it.
Remarkable scene: Kes eats beetles. Eek!
Remarkable fact: "Elogium" was originally scheduled for the first season.
Non Sequitur Stardate 49011.0: After a shuttle accident Harry finds himself in
San Francisco, in bed with his fiancée Libby. He is in a parallel
reality where Voyager has disappeared without him, and he has developed a new
type of runabout. Although his
situation is rather pleasant, he decides to correct history.
Harry finds support in an alien being responsible for the temporal accident and in Tom, who missed the ship in this reality.
In their effort to revert history to the one that Kim remembers, they steal a runabout prototype and head for
the anomaly that caused the timeline change. They succeed when Tom beams out
Harry just as the runabout is breaking apart. Harry is in the Delta Quadrant
again and rescued by Voyager.
What would you do if you suddenly got the life you have always dreamt of, but on the cost of other people's well-being? Harry is very concerned about it, and he doesn't choose the easy way to live on his new pleasant life. By the way, would it really have been that easy, taking into account that he has hardly an idea of what he's supposed to do in this reality, namely designing starship engines? Aside from these fascinating thoughts the episode is rather average, it seems to be written and directed with the idea in mind that Harry's odd situation alone should make a good plot. The alien disguised as coffee-house waiter Cosimo is a nice guy, however, is he necessary for the story? He doesn't really help Kim, nor could he have expected to be useful. The whole alien influence could have been easily left out.
There are also some logical deficiencies. First of all, how can Harry become a warp nacelle expert and earn the Cochrane Medal only eight months after leaving the Academy? Secondly, what is so exciting about the new runabout albeit being virtually identical to the Danube class? The dialogues state that it's much more than only the nacelles. Thirdly, how can there be already a prototype in such a short time and why didn't they just present the prototype itself to the admirals, rather than only blueprints? It wouldn't have mattered, the two could have taken any other shuttle, so why do they bother to steal the Yellowstone class? Still, seeing Harry with his girl-friend in San Francisco and getting some rare insight into the life in the Federation compensates a lot for the lack of plot quality.
Remarkable dialogue: "Where are you going?" - "Marseille, France." - "What for?" - "I've got to see Paris." - "But you just said you were going to Marseille." (Libby and Harry)
Remarkable scene: The runabout prototype leaves the spacedock door, which can be easily recognized as the Dyson Sphere door from TNG: "Relics". :-o
Missed opportunity to get home: #4, although only for Harry
Twisted Stardate not given: The crew think they are
getting mad when corridors on the ship disappear or change their
direction, because an anomaly causes the ship to twist and bend.
The distortion ring is getting closer and closer, until only the
holodeck on deck 6 is unaffected. Having tried all conceivable
counteractions, the only remaining possibility is to do nothing
about it - the ship and crew remain unharmed by the anomaly that was caused by
an unknown intelligent entity that attempted to scan the ship.
I'm still undecided if this episode is mainly about the strange (and unexplained) effect that distorts the ship or about character development. Actually, the former plot is amusing for about 25 minutes, but after the first confusion there isn't much interesting about it left. This is why the rest of the episode seems to focus on character interaction. Virtually every crew member gets a few good scenes or lines, save Janeway who is knocked out by the strange (and unexplained) plasma wave. We never know who or what exactly caused the whole fuss. Maybe the crew would find out after analyzing the massive (and unexplained) computer upload. But irrespective of the way I look at it, this episode is well below average.
Remarkable error: The sign on the bar says "Chez Sandrine's à Marseilles", which is an awkward amalgam of English and French. The correct French name should have been "Chez Sandrine à Marseille".
Remarkable fact: The unknown entity uploads 20 million gigaquads of new information.
Parturition Stardate not given: The two rivals Paris
and Neelix, both in love with Kes, are stranded on a hostile planet after a
shuttle crash. They seek shelter in a cave where they discover a nest of eggs.
One of them breaks up apparently prematurely, revealing a reptohumanoid
creature. Paris and Neelix learn to know each other better helping the newborn alien to survive until their mother arrives.
The rivalry between Paris and Neelix is very childish, and I wonder how adult men can possibly behave like this. At some point I would have expected more of a plot than "Neelix's and Paris's pasta battle for Kes' love", but there is none. Both the shuttle crash and the new-born turtle serve the sole purpose of forcing the two opponents to work together and, more importantly, to engage in long and fatigue dialogues. Fortunately they are successful and a more serious discussion is enabled; they even build some kind of friendship. Actually, the only thing I liked about the episode is that it will have a lasting effect.
Remarkable quote: "You don't need to impress me with your...technobabble." (Neelix)
Remarkable scene: Paris and Neelix are summoned to the ready room, and they appear garnished all over with pasta and tomato sauce after their skirmish in the mess hall.
Shuttles lost: 1
Vision Stardate not given:
The whole crew except for the Doctor suffer from
hallucinations induced by the Bothans in order to take over the ship. B'Elanna
attempts to create a symmetric warp field to block out the psionic field that creates the
illusions. Eventually Kes, who manages to defy the Bothan manipulation with her own
mental powers, finishes the works and saves the ship, and the Bothans retreat.
Hallucination is a recurring theme in Star Trek and it is mostly not very original, neither is the idea of an alien takeover. What remains interesting is some insight into the crew's fears and wishes. Janeway is chased by the characters from her Victorian holonovel - which I don't like at all - and meets boy-friend Mark. Paris sees his father, Kim his fiancée, Tuvok his wife. What I really like is that it is up to Kes to save the ship, with a little help from the Doctor. She has the potential to evolve from the little girl to a valuable crew member, and for once her superior abilities are to Voyager's advantage. Although it is obvious they wanted to take the ship, the Bothans remain somewhat mysterious. Maybe not a bad idea, since I'm tired of the type of villains whose motivation is either obvious or needs to be exhaustively explained by themselves.
Remarkable dialogue: "Why did you do this?" - "Because I can." (Janeway and a Bothan)
Tattoo Stardate not given: Investigating the occurrence of familiar symbols of American Indian origin on a
planet in the Delta Quadrant, Chakotay is separated from the rest
of the away team. Janeway takes the ship into the atmosphere to rescue Chakotay,
but the ship gets caught in a storm. Chakotay encounters aliens, the "Sky
Spirits" who once visited and
taught his people, the "Rubber Tree People", but believed they had been extinguished by the
white man by now. Chakotay tells them that Voyager means no harm to his culture,
and the aliens release the ship.
I like Indian culture in general and I'm also very glad every time I see a human crew member who is not of British or Irish origin. However, I have a couple of issues with the way Chakotay's cultural heritage is depicted. First of all, we have seen aliens preserve an Indian culture before in TOS: "The Paradise Syndrome". The revelation that still other aliens did care about Chakotay's people is neither original nor credible. Moreover, as the ancestors of present-day Indians started spreading throughout the American continent, they formed different tribes with considerably different cultures. How is it possible or how could the aliens expect that they would still form a monolithic culture after so many millennia, or that at least one among the thousands of tribes, namely the Rubber Tree People, would preserve exactly this culture?
Yet, Chakotay obviously belongs to this "rightful tribe". I also wonder if Chakotay is supposed to belong to a real tribe at all. Star Trek has never tried to make up something in Earth's history or geography. Agreed, the Eugenic Wars didn't take place, but it is not like in other American TV series that frequently feature fake countries and peoples as playgrounds for their heroes. In some way, the definite alien influence and the indefinite cultural background make Chakotay an alien too. Finally, considering that Chakotay's Rubber Tree People must be insignificant among native American cultures, it is obvious that the alien heritage was virtually lost even before the white man destroyed the other Indian cultures. Therefore the accusation that "those who had no respect for life or land" are responsible is not really correct. Notwithstanding the above remarks it's a fine Chakotay episode, and it is revealing that he was not that fond of his culture at first, but tried to catch up with it as late as an adult.
Remarkable fact: A Capt. Sulu supported Chakotay's entry into Starfleet.
Cold Fire Stardate not given: When the remains of the
Caretaker suddenly begin to resonate, the crew begins to search
for what is apparently the other Caretaker. They find a smaller
version of the Array populated by over 2000 Ocampa. When
Suspiria, the other Caretaker, arrives, she blames the crew for
killing her companion. Janeway can prevent her from destroying
the ship, but there is obviously no chance to get home with Suspiria's help.
First of all, I wonder why it was necessary to refer to the events in "Caretaker" in the teaser. There is no concept of isolated stories anyway, and some of the Seska/Kazon episodes would have rather required a special intro for less frequent viewers. Another issue is that Kes seems to have supernatural abilities only on certain selected occasions. Furthermore the question arises why she can feel the presence of the other Caretaker, but not of the Ocampa on the nearby space station.
Anyway, it is about time that Kes is given a really important role apart from saying something like "I sense fear/anger" like Deanna in the first seasons of TNG and the involvement in humorous B-plots. "Elogium" has been merely an interlude without consequences for the rest of the crew, so "Cold Fire" is her chance. Kes has to decide whether to follow Tuvok's or Tanis' way of using her newly discovered power, and this is not only a question of leaving the ship or not - which is already hard enough. Unfortunately, the decision is made for her when Tanis' and Suspiria's real intentions are revealed - they are hardly interested in Kes but mostly in the ship. Poor Kes, it will take even more time to become more than just the cute little girl.
Remarkable quotes: "Without the darkness, how would you recognize the light? Do not fear your negative thoughts, they are part of you, they are part of every living being, even Vulcans." (Tuvok to Kes), "Vulcans make the worst patients." (Doctor)
Remarkable scene: When Kes doesn't manage to harness her forces, Tuvok's eyes protrude and green blood runs from his head. An unusually horrible scene.
Remarkable fact: The Caretaker's race is called "Nacene".
Missed opportunity to get home: #5, even though Suspiria didn't want to help, Janeway could have tried harder
Current crew count: 150, according to Kes
Maneuvers Stardate: 49208.5: The Kazon-Nistrim launch
an attack on Voyager and, breaking through the hull with an armored shuttle, they succeed in stealing a transporter module. Chakotay,
who feels guilty about Seska's treason, attempts to retrieve the
technology on his own, but is captured. When the Kazon attack
again and it is not possible to beam Chakotay out, Janeway has
the Kazon leaders beamed aboard and Chakotay and his shuttle are
returned in exchange for their freedom.
As another thriller in the Kazon storyline, the episode features several unusual "Maneuvers" indeed. It is an excellent story of deception, betrayal and cunning. The episode focuses on Chakotay and Seska, who both prevail over their respective superiors. Nevertheless, while it is adequate that Culluh is determined but incompetent, I wouldn't expect the same of Janeway.
Anyway, unlike the former Maquis, the Starfleet crew leaves a rather bad impression. Why does no one suspect the defector Seska of sending the Federation signal and anticipate that it is almost certainly a trap? Why does Janeway order to return fire so late after Culluh's sneak attack? Why is security ordered to the hull breach as late as the Kazon have already boarded the ship? I also wonder why the Starfleet crew supposes the Nistrim have less than six ships. An inconsistency is that the Mostral Maje Jal Surat knows of the fate of the Relora maje and his adjutant, who had been beamed into space. How is this possible, since Voyager picked up the corpses just after it had happened and didn't broadcast it, of course? Well, maybe Culluh broadcast it to all Kazon factions as a warning?
Remarkable quote: "Hello, Chakotay. Congratulations on your victory. I look forward to our next meeting. Oh, and there's something you should know. While you were unconscious, I took the liberty of extracting a sample of your DNA. I impregnated myself with it. So, I guess more congratulations are in order. You're going to be a father." (Seska's transmission to Chakotay)
Remarkable absences: The Doctor and Kes are both missing in this episode.
Remarkable maneuvers: the Kazon torpedo breaking through Voyager's hull, Chakotay's shuttle approaching the Kazon ship with all systems disengaged, Janeway's trick to beam the Kazon leaders aboard
Resistance Stardate not given: Attempting to purchase tellerium on a
planet, Tuvok and Torres are
captured by the oppressive Mokran police, while Janeway is rescued
by an older man named Caylem of the resident resistance movement. Caylem insists on
Janeway being his daughter, who has in fact been abducted by the police
years ago. With the help of Caylem's resistance group, a Voyager
away team manages to free the imprisoned officers. Caylem avenges his daughter
by killing the Mokran officer Augris and dies when he jumps into the way of a
phaser aimed at Janeway.
"Resistance is futile". Sorry for this awkward pun, but it summarizes what I think about this uninspiring and predictable episode. After Janeway has been separated from the rest of the crew, it all boils down to her hanging around with Caylem as some kind of father figure. His character reminds me of Mullibok in the equally boring episode DS9: "Progress". The circumstances are different here and at least there is a reason for Janeway's prolonged stay on the planet, but just like Kira in the DS9 episode she develops an unlikely emotional attachment to the old man (of the kind that would never be written for a male main character). I also don't like the portrayal of Caylem's senility that can be regarded as an offense to older people.
The rest of the story is just too simple to be interesting. The crew members are captured, and it is obvious they have to be freed again after 45 minutes. It is not the slightest surprise that Caylem gets the chance to exert revenge and dies at the end of the episode to find deliverance. The two points are only for a certain quality of writing and acting in the scenes of Janeway and Caylem, but this can't really compensate for the meager plot.
Prototype Stardate not given: Voyager picks up the
damaged Pralor android 3947 that is afloat in space, and B'Elanna manages to
repair its defunct power module. When Janeway refuses to provide
more power modules for the other androids, 3947 kidnaps B'Elanna
and forces her to build a prototype. While the android ship is being attacked by a similar
vessel of the Cravic, another android
civilization, B'Elanna can be rescued. It turns out that the Pralor
and Cravic civilizations had built the androids to fight each other, but the androids
wound up killing their creators and continued the
war on their own.
Already the teaser, showing the events from the perspective of 3947, is very promising, and the episode keeps this promise. There is not a single minute of boredom, not a single unnecessary filler scene. B'Elanna's dedication and excitement to get the robot 3947 running again is very personal, as is her disappointment about being deceived by him more than once. As the plot unfolds, the suspense rises gradually up to the culmination when it is revealed that the Pralor and Cravic robots actually killed their creators. One of the best scenes is B'Elanna's dispute with Janeway whether to provide the robots with new power modules or not. It is remarkable in that it's not just arguing about the Prime Directive, but touches very basic ethic problems. Are the robots actually lifeforms? If yes, do they have to be preserved from extinction, or is it right to deny them the requested reproduction? Would it be the same as helping a biological species that has become sterile, or is it that the robots are just not designed to reproduce?
At first, I didn't like the idea of having incompatible power modules which seems to be a recurring problem in Star Trek. Is there no equivalent of a simple transformer for generating a suited type of power? Anyway, this time the power modules are a kind of copyright protection which makes sense with respect to the dedicated warlike nature of the robots.
Remarkable quote: "Prototype unit 0001 is ready to accept programming." (0001, repeatedly)
Remarkable scene: B'Elanna tells 3947 to cross his fingers, and he tries hard to do so. :-)
Alliances Stardate 49337.4: Being under continuous
attack from the Kazons, Janeway decides that it is time to seek an
ally. Voyager encounters the Trabe, who once suppressed the
Kazon, but were expelled from their planet in the course of the
Kazon rebellion. Janeway arranges a peace conference on a planet, including all Kazon sects. However, a Trabe ship attacks the conference
room. Disgusted about this cowardly and reckless behavior,
Janeway ends the talks with the Trabe.
It's an episode with many surprising turning points, and it's the episode where Janeway has a personal conflict with virtually everyone. Janeway vs. Hogan: When Hogan suggests that Voyager give away technology to the Kazon, this is actually the climax of the Federation-Maquis conflict. Unfortunately this storyline will not be continued and will end in "Basics". Hogan is only a small crewman and he is "only" a Maquis anyway, but she gets unusually upset about it, as if it were already a mutiny. I can understand her since her leadership was questioned in front of the whole crew and, even worse, on a memorial service for a crew member. Nevertheless, she could have responded to it in a rather calm and superior way. Janeway vs. Chakotay: He suggests to seek an ally, and Janeway is irritated about it, or doesn't she just want to admit that she would do the same in his position? Her arguing with the Prime Directive is a weak justification, since she has always found her own interpretation so far. Janeway vs. Tuvok: It's a nice idea to include the Spock reference (Khitomer Peace Treaty) and the hybrid of two species that is stronger than either of them alone. It's no surprise to see that rather Tuvok than Chakotay can convince her. Janeway vs. Culluh: No one would have expected an agreement. However, eventually it is Culluh's macho attitude of not wanting women to make decisions that makes her break off the negotiations. Not that I would approve of Culluh's opinion, but this is mainly a cultural clash, which she should have left aside for the time being. Otherwise no one in history could have ever found an ally. Janeway vs. Trabe leader Mabus: It is obvious that he has ruined every chance of an alliance with his cowardly plot to kill the Kazon majes. Here I agree with her.
What I liked most about the episode was the elucidation of Kazon history. It is only incredible that Neelix hasn't told Janeway about the Kazon-Trabe relations in time. The way the Trabe are portrayed is a bit insidious. They are expelled people and they look much like humans - at least much more than the Kazons. They even wear Bajoran-style earrings. Nevertheless those people turn out little likable. The question is if they are really that bad or if it's only their leader. Janeway should have given them another chance, but unfortunately they never showed up again.
Photon torpedoes used: 3
Crew losses: 1 shown, 2 mentioned
Threshold Stardate 49373.4: Tom pilots a new shuttle
prototype and he is the first person ever to reach Warp 10 -- infinite speed! After his flight he
undergoes a strange
metamorphosis to a new, "more evolved" lifeform. Tom kidnaps
Janeway, they go to Warp 10 again, after which they both evolve to amphibious creatures
resembling newts and have children! They are found and identified by an away
team, and the Doctor manages to restore
their human nature, while their kids are left behind.
This is "Spock's Brain, part II: Tom's Tongue". "Trashhold" (sorry, I couldn't resist) screws up the laws of science like no other episode of Star Trek. Considering the manifold violations of basic principles of Star Trek and of the real world the quality of the rest of the plot doesn't matter that much, but even this winds up as harebrained. Neelix is incredibly stupid for an experienced space traveler. The scene when Tom and Harry explain him Warp 10 is not only annoying because the "theoretical impossibility" is disproved in the following, but also because they explain it to Neelix in very simple words and he nevertheless doesn't get the idea. Tom has two good scenes when he urges Janeway to send him on the Warp 10 flight and when he tries to explain that he firmly believes he is evolving to something better. But once again what we are being told is not what we can see. And the very moment when he loses his tongue it become ludicrous. Ironically, the Kazon who is contacted by traitor Jonas is the most intelligent character in the episode: "Warp 10, that's impossible." Correct. So why didn't Braga simply stick to this fundamental law of Trek and real physics?
The only point is for the unintentional entertaining potential of the episode, of the kind that already "Spock's Brain" had.
Remarkable quotes: "Nothing in the universe can go Warp 10. It's a theoretical impossibility. In principle, if you ever reach Warp 10, you'd be traveling at infinite velocity." (Kim), "I have some tests I would like to run on Your Majesty before I release you into the realm of ordinary humans." (the Doctor)
Remarkable dialogue: "What did he ingest?" - "Just a cup of Neelix's coffee." - "It's a miracle he's still alive." (the Doctor and B'Elanna)
Remarkable shuttle: The Warp-10 shuttle is a more streamlined and elegant design as the usual shuttle boxes, and it's named for Zefram Cochrane. The spaceframe is not custom-built for the Warp-10 flight, but is a standard shuttle as we will see later.
Missed opportunity to get home: #6, even if only a crew of salamanders arrives
Meld Stardate not given: Crewman Darwin is found dead in
engineering, and Tuvok concludes that he must have been murdered by Betazoid
Ensign Suder who was there at the time. Tuvok mind-melds with Suder to understand why he
killed the crewmate for no obvious reason. The procedure endangers Tuvok's
mind, as he develops violent tendencies himself. When he is about to
execute Suder, another mind-meld helps him to control his
emotions again. Suder is locked up in secure quarters, where he will spend the
rest of the journey.
While the episode was absolutely convincing and somewhat thrilling, I missed the motion in it. Once there is a criminal case aboard the ship, but the murderer is found quickly and the only remaining problem is why this useless crime did happen. This becomes the general question where violence comes from. To explain this is futile, because violence is part of our nature and is more or less well suppressed. Tuvok only learns this through his own error, when takes a wrong turn and mind-melds with the criminal, thereby getting himself into great danger. Ye, he needs the whole episode to find out this simple truth. And after a while it gets boring for the viewer to see how little progress he makes. Personally, I was hoping for some kind of revelation about Suder's true motive, but there was none. While the whole plot was not really the thriller it could have been, I concede an extra point for Lon Suder (Brad Dourif) as a credible psychopath, one for Tim Russ giving a Tuvok as the "evil Vulcan" and one for the sinister atmosphere.
Remarkable fact: This is the first episode to present Tom as unreliable and rebellious, which will be resolved in "Investigations".
Crew losses: 1
Dreadnought Stardate 49447.8: Voyager encounters an autonomous weapon
probe of Cardassian origin. Back in her Maquis days
B'Elanna reprogrammed the weapon dubbed
"Dreadnought" to attack a Cardassian fuel depot. Being
pulled into the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker, Dreadnought now believes the navigational data is a deception and heads for the
densely populated planet Rakosa V. When all efforts to disable
Dreadnought fail, Janeway decides to destroy it using Voyager's
self-destruct. Virtually in the last moment B'Elanna manages to
disable the probe from within.
This is definitely one of the most exciting thrillers in Star Trek history, comparable in many ways to TOS: "The Doomsday Machine". The episode features another intense plot focused on B'Elanna after "Faces" and "Prototype". Agreed, the "stubborn computer/bomb" plot elements are borrowed from "2001: A Space Odyssey", "Dark Star" and TOS: "The Ultimate Computer". Anyway, the computer's behavior, unlike that of a hologram, is awfully logical and inflexible while it sometimes seems that Dreadnought desperately protects and justifies its mission much like a human being would do: "The probability of being in the Delta Quadrant, 70,000ly from the last confirmed position, is negligible." Dreadnought seems to make up its own interpretation of what is negligible, and this is most unsettling. Moreover, the computer is speaking with B'Elanna's voice so as to emphasize the odd situation. In some way she is threatened by herself. The dialogues between Dreadnought and B'Elanna are a clear homage to HAL-9000, most obviously the irrelevant phrases like "Did you sleep well last night." I don't think this is a deficiency, at least I enjoyed it very much. An absolute tidbit is the dispute between the Maquis program and the obsolete Cardassian file that try to eliminate each other. It reminded me a bit of the communication between Windows and a program by a hardware manufacturer, which both simultaneously demand to get their drivers installed, once new hardware is detected.
Remarkable dialogue: "What do you think of Cameron?" - "I like it." - "Cameron. From the ancient Celtic term for one whose nose is bent." - "What about Frederick?" - "Frederick. Very distinguished. However, it bares a close resemblance to a rather impolite term on the Bolian homeworld." - "It doesn't have to be a human name. I like Sural. It's Vulcan." - "Yes. Unfortunately it's also the name of a dictator on Sakura Prime, famed for beheading his enemies - and his parents." (Samantha Wildman and the Doctor discussing possible names for her child)
Remarkable quote: "When a bomb starts talking about itself in the third person, I get worried." (Tom)
Remarkable scene: Janeway orders all personnel to leave when she is about to self-destruct the ship, but Tuvok insists on joining her because it would be logical.
Remarkable facts: Dreadnought carries a warhead of 1000kg matter and 1000kg antimatter, has quantum torpedoes and a plasma wave weapon, is virtually invulnerable through adaptive shielding and incredibly intelligent. It seems much too advanced and perfect for something Cardassian. -- Janeway is obviously the only captain allowed to activate the self-destruct single-handedly.
Torpedoes used: 6
Death Wish Stardate not given: The Voyager crew
accidentally frees a dissenter of the Q Continuum who has been
imprisoned for his desire to be mortal. When Q comes aboard, it
is up to Janeway to decide whether the new Q is granted asylum,
thereby destabilizing the Q Continuum, or if he is returned to
the other Q. Despite Q's offer to take the ship home if she
favors his demand, she lets the new Q, who calls himself Quinn,
stay aboard as a human crew member. His death wish, however, is
so strong that he commits suicide briefly later.
It is amazing how the authors have managed to create funny Q stories without getting silly for TNG, and so is Q's first appearance on Voyager. One might criticize the idea of Voyager hanging on a Christmas tree or being attacked by protons, which is close to ludicrous indeed. Yet, this can be regarded as a part of a game to impress the allegedly primitive humanoids. It is interesting to notice that the two Q's will become more sensible once they see that Janeway and her crew are obviously taking it more seriously than they would like her to do. In spite of all the distracting fanciful ideas, the episode successfully gets to the bottom of the question if an individual may be allowed to commit suicide. Janeway decides in Quinn's favor, despite Q's promise not to lock up Quinn again and his offer to bring the ship home. It's strange to see that Janeway has a talent to waste preferably her best chances. Moreover, I have the impression that Q's macho attitude towards her did play a role in her decision process. Anyway, she has a good explanation for her judgment. Her attempt to convince Quinn that human life isn't that bad is very touching, on the other hand, no one can really expect Quinn to go on living as a mortal being, for every aspect of it can be supposed to be entirely included in his virtually eternal life as a Q. The only new experience would be death, and this is what he gets.
What I also liked about the episode is the many references and allusions that are consistent with previous events in Star Trek. It is stated that without Quinn there would be no Riker and the Federation would have been assimilated by the Borg. Q's punishment by the Continuum, as shown in TNG: "Déjà Q", is referred to. Janeway has a very good point about executions of Q Continuum members, as mentioned in TNG: " True Q". A Q episode is not a good time to care about physical oddities. I only wonder where and how the protons that attack the ship should occur without electrons. Maybe the ship got right into a beam weapon.
Remarkable guest appearances: Q (John de Lancie) and Riker (Jonathan Frakes)
Remarkable dialogue: "What did you do to him?" - "Nothing. He is still there, in the 24th century. I just took the rest of us to an old hiding place of mine." - "Report." - "Captain, there are no stars outside." - "Well, that's partially accurate. Actually, there's no universe outside." (Quinn, Janeway and Kim experience the Big Bang)
Remarkable quotes: "I am curious. Have the Q always had an absence of manners, or is it the result of some natural evolutionary process that comes with omnipotence?" (Tuvok), "And you find nothing contradictory in a society that outlaws suicide, but practices capital punishment?" - "No." (Janeway and Q)
Remarkable fact: Quinn started a "100 year war between the Romulans and the Vulcans". This is not necessarily a contradiction to the assumption that they didn't have contact (again) until the 22nd century, but it could be the war that already took place on Vulcan between Surak's logicians and the dissenters who later became the Romulans.
Missed opportunity to get home: #7, with even two Qs to ask such a favor
Lifesigns Stardate not given: The Doctor saves the
life of a Vidiian woman, Dr. Danara Pel, by creating a holographic
reproduction of her intact body. The Doctor feels attracted to
Danara and they spend a lot of time on the holodeck. Danara likes
her new appearance and she even tries to kill her deformed real
body, but the Doctor succeeds to convince her that it is
necessary to resume her old body. Meanwhile on the bridge, the conflict of
Chakotay and Paris escalates, and Paris ends up in the brig.
It is a very touching episode about Doctor "Shmullus" and his emerging emotions. The episode also manages to show the whole impact of the Vidiian phage by concentrating on the personal tragedy of a single individual. It is explicitly shown what an attractive and charming person Danara would be without the terrible disease - and wants to be when she realizes it. Fortunately there is no simple statement like "real beauty is inside you" or "outer appearance doesn't matter". It does matter. Yet, one can overcome one's fear and doubts. At one point, it seems as if B'Elanna would deny Danara her help in the same way as Worf refused to donate blood for the injured Romulan in TNG: "The Enemy". Fortunately she can overcome her reservations. Tom's increasingly odd behavior is shown as a little sub-plot, however, with respect to the plan to uncover the traitor it is just too blatant. Wouldn't Jonas be rather alarmed than appeased if there is someone even more interested in leaving the ship?
Remarkable scene: the gradual holographic reconstruction of Danara Pel's healthy physiology
Remarkable dialogue: Kes advises the Doctor: "You have to tell her how you feel." Cut. The Doctor is performing a surgery, casually turns to Danara and says: "By the way, Danara, I feel romantically attracted to you and I wanted to know if you feel the same." Camera turns to Kes. Note her facial expression: shocked!
Remarkable misunderstanding: "What are you crying?" - "I'm sorry, I..." - "I thought you'd be pleased." - "I am. I just never expected to look healthy again. I've been sick for so long." (Doctor and Danara after the restoration of her body, reminds me of Data in "Star Trek: Generations")
Remarkable mistake: The unit "terahertz" is once mispronounced as "tetrahertz". :-o
Remarkable fact: The Doctor possesses a database with the medical knowledge of 3000 cultures.
Investigations Stardate not given: As a consequence of his
recent insubordination, Tom leaves Voyager and joins a Talaxian
convoy, but he is abducted by the Kazon. Neelix investigates the
case and he thinks that Tom might have had contact to the Kazons
before. Janeway and Tuvok, however, tell him that Tom
intentionally behaved like that to get the opportunity to unmask the real traitor. On the Kazon vessel, Tom finds out that it's
Jonas, and he escapes with a shuttle. Jonas sabotages Voyager,
but in a struggle with Neelix he plunges into a plasma stream and is killed.
The episode is a spy story above average, but it reminds me a lot of TOS: "The Enterprise Incident" where the plan was equally stupid. Did Tom actually expect to be kidnapped by the Kazons? How could he be sure he would get an opportunity to find evidence about the traitor? If so, how could he hope he could ever escape? Nevertheless this wasn't Tom's episode, but Neelix's, and focusing on him would have been a good idea under different circumstances if the story had taken place completely on Voyager. We already knew it was Jonas, and it would have served the episode better if it had been a silent duel between him and Neelix, but the minor character obviously wasn't supposed to get more screen time.
An irritating detail: When the warp coils were burnt out, there was obviously a verterium cortenide source in the range of the impulse drive. What a coincidence. A possible flaw: Why does Neelix have access to Tom's logs through an engineering code that is even known to low-ranking crew members, and why is there no additional voice recognition?
Remarkable fact: Neelix reads a log entry of a communication "Voyager to Catati" (sp.?). The Caatati from "Day of Honor"? Unlikely.
Crew losses: 1
Deadlock Stardate not given: Subspace anomalies
inside a nebula cause a quantum duplication of Voyager and crew.
One version is heavily damaged, first by proton bursts and later by the Vidiians. Ensign Wildman
loses her baby and Harry is blown off the ship through a hull breach. Yet, an undamaged version of Voyager occupies the same
space at the same time. In order to save the intact ship, Capt.
Janeway of the damaged ship decides to activate the
self-destruct. However, as the Vidiians enter the undamaged
Voyager, this ship has to be destroyed, after Kim and Naomi
Wildman have been transferred to the other ship.
Damage to the ship and losses of life have been the weekly business of Voyager, but it has never been that grave so far. It is obvious that the crew and the ship can't go through such a hard time and face such hard decisions every few episodes, because then the subject would be quickly exhausted, not to mention the trouble to explain how the crew recovers and how the ship can be repaired each time. Anyway, it was worth the trouble this time. The chance to bring Janeway and her crew into a truly desperate situation was not wasted, and their distress was even emphasized by showing a second, completely intact ship at the same time. Ironically, the proton bursts from one Voyager are actually the cause of the damages and of Harry's and Naomi's death on the other ship. It is equally ironic that it is eventually the previously undamaged ship that has to be sacrificed.
Nitpicking: I must admit I didn't bother too much about the fact that both ships were still occupying the same point in space-time, yet they were separated. It is explained by the usual phase variance theory. Nevertheless, why is self-destruction an option if the two ships are that strongly coupled that crew transfer or division of antimatter would have been fatal? How is it possible and why is it regarded as useful or necessary to merge the two Voyagers again? Exactly this will lead to an ethical problem in "Tuvix". -- One more strange thing I noticed: The Vidiians are able to extract organs without surgery ("The Phage") and they can create two separate copies of the same person by DNA splitting ("Faces"). They just have to possess transporter technology too, still they obviously don't have a transporter and enter the ship the old-fashioned way by cutting through the hull.
Remarkable scene: The Doctor of the intact ship asks "How is our other patient?", and the camera pans to the unconscious second Kes from the damaged ship. I liked the way it was referred to her in a casual remark. The crew has obviously become very "professional" about the frequently encountered anomalies.
Remarkable quote: "Mr. Kim, we're Starfleet officers, weird is part of the job." (Janeway)
Innocence Stardate not given: After a shuttle crash that kills the
ensign who accompanies him, Tuvok encounters a group of three children. In the meantime,
Voyager gets in touch with the purportedly xenophobic Drayans. On the planet,
Tuvok tries to comfort the children, who fear a creature, Morrok,
that is supposed to kill them. The children are actually members of the
Drayan race and were transferred there to die. Drayans are subjected to a reversed aging process, being
born as apparently old and wise people and dying as innocent
The episode begins with a shuttle crash. There haven't been too many so far in the series. But I dislike it as an uninteresting standard procedure to get characters isolated. Moreover, another "unnecessary" ensign has to die. This one gets at least a touching death scene. Nevertheless, it is irresponsible to leave poor Tuvok alone with the three children. Fortunately, just when I was about to dub the episode "Tuvok's Kindergarten", the plot gained some profoundness. Tuvok, the most emotionally challenged of all Vulcans, gets a couple of very nice scenes. He shows a strong fondness for his little friends without losing his impeccable logic. Two points for him, one for the fact that these children are not as annoying as kids have been elsewhere in Star Trek. The rest of the episode is crap. As a matter of fact, the children are old people, while they behave much like real children. There is no way to explain this biological nonsense. All lifeforms on all other planets and even inanimate objects are looking old because they are old. There is no such thing as "reversed aging".
Remarkable quote: "We don't often receive such distinguished guests here, unless there's been some sort of accident." (the Doctor to the Drayan ambassador about sickbay)
Crew losses: 1
The Thaw Stardate not given: Three individuals have
survived a global disaster in cryogenic chambers, but they are
firmly linked to a computer system. When Harry and B'Elanna enter
the chambers to recover them, they find themselves trapped in a
bizarre virtual reality ruled by a clown called "Fear".
Fear holds all the five persons hostages, and he may kill anyone
by disabling their body functions. Janeway sends the Doctor as a
negotiator, and he can persuade Fear to take her instead of the
other hostages, but it is a trick, since she is not really hooked
up to the system.
Why does Janeway beam up the chambers in the first place instead of letting them rest in peace, as it would certainly comply with the Prime Directive? Why does she put two of her officers into the chambers, not taking the risks into account? Only if we forgive her these mistakes we can enjoy the rest of the episode. It's no surprise that it's again the Doctor who saves the day. Immune to Fear's threats and not connected to his mind, the Doctor gives a superior performance. Janeway excels likewise, when she explains that fear/Fear will eventually vanish. Harry is the poor victim again, at least temporarily. It is important to notice that it's because of his thoughts that Fear gets the idea of taking only Janeway hostage instead of the four other people - because it would apparently be more attractive. Harry's idea of Janeway must have been very special. I wonder in how far fear is regarded a permanent state-of-mind in this episode and not only a temporary emotion, and in how far Fear is supposed to be a real character and not only a manifestation of people's emotions that would vanish with their fear. Note the difference between "fear" and "Fear".
It is obvious to compare this episode to other occasions where emotions were incarnated. In TOS: "Day of the Dove" there was an entity consuming hatred, but only in its explicitly shown form and not as a latent emotion. TNG: "Skin of Evil" featured a creature that was the incarnation of the bad emotions of a whole civilization and therefore accordingly evil, although not really credible. DS9: "The Storyteller" shows the Dal'Rok, which can be appeased if people stick together, very much like in "Day of the Dove". Generally speaking, the manifestation named Fear is more believable than the above entities, since emotions are always inherent to a specific being, and are not likely to have a separate, let alone corporeal existence. On the other hand, in this case Fear would have lost his personality when he agreed to accept Janeway as his only hostage. I would have liked to see Janeway's fears, though. ;-)
Tuvix Stardate 49655.2: Tuvok and Neelix merge to one person because of a transporter accident.
This "Tuvix" is
healthy and has the personalities, knowledge and abilities of
both Neelix and Tuvok, and he fits perfectly into Voyager's crew. When a
procedure is developed to split Tuvix again, he refuses and he
claims that he is about to be murdered. Yet, Janeway rules the
two former crew members have to be retrieved.
Tuvok and Neelix merged to one person. It could have wound up as extremely silly, but it became an episode dealing with a profound ethic dilemma that is credibly presented. There is nothing funny at all, except for the beginning. Interestingly, it is not Tuvix' but mainly Kes' episode. She had many good scenes dealing with her attempts to cope with the situation. Both the embarrassment about the strange new crewmate Tuvix and the appreciation of his many abilities were absolutely convincing, and this can be said about the other crew members likewise.
Yet, there were several logical and biological oddities: The basic plot is a bit like "Faces", only with the reverse effect. I wonder why there was no reference to the events in the latter episode, and why it was not considered to apply Vidiian medical techniques to separate Tuvok and Neelix. The combination of the two individuals of different species is described as a Vulcan-Talaxian hybrid, yet, the transporter just assembles and disassembles physically and would not be capable of biological breeding, even with the help of a strange alien plant. It is interesting that even the clothes were merged, maybe the transporter actually entirely superimposed or mixed the two patterns in a creative fashion, but it is virtually impossible to create a viable lifeform this way. The thing that bothered me most is how Tuvok's and Neelix's consciousnesses could survive besides the new merged version in Tuvix' body. Even if this was possible, how could the Doctor and Janeway be sure that it was actually the case? There could have been two mindless persons after the separation. One way to investigate this possibility would have been using Tuvok' or Tuvix' or Kes' telepathic abilities, but this was not even considered an option. It should have revealed if there was something left of Tuvok and Neelix. The only scene I really disliked was Tuvix' shouting all over the bridge, when the decision was made to restore Tuvok and Neelix. Not that I would deny him to fight for what he thinks is his life, but he did it in a blatantly cowardly way so as to let Tuvok and Neelix appear as the better persons who would not have behaved this way. I would have preferred to see Tuvix reluctantly but silently face his death, this would have been much more touching.
Remarkable dialogues: "That 'lovely tune' is a traditional funeral dirge." - "I know, but it was the...the most cheerful song I could find in the Vulcan database." (Tuvok and Neelix), "I assure you, Mr. Tuvix. There's nothing to worry about. We've accounted for every variable." - "Except for one. In don't want to die." (the Doctor and Tuvix)
Resolutions Stardate not given: Janeway and Chakotay
suffer from an incurable virus disease, and only the atmosphere
of the home planet of the virus can keep them alive. In the meantime Voyager, now under the command of Tuvok, has left the
planet. Despite Janeway's order not to contact the Vidiians
they take the risk and eventually obtain a cure from Danara Pel.
The plot lives from opposite characters facing one another rather than the confrontation with viruses and Vidiians. There is Tuvok's sense of duty vs. Harry's enthusiasm. Why do I have the impression that Tuvok was waiting for such a clear sign of support all the time after the Vidiian convoy had been detected? Janeway's determination vs. Chakotay's fatalism. I wonder in how far Chakotay's letting go was influenced by his desire to stay with Janeway, he yielded so easily. He was the one who was rather pleased when he caressed Janeway, and her statement "We have to define parameters." should have been a clear sign she didn't want the same thing. Really? Only a few moments later they seemed to settle on an agreement, and this was apparently not about staying away from each other. I was a bit disappointed when the communicators beeped in virtually the next instant. Janeway and Chakotay, it remains an impossible combination because neither of them is giving up their position. Just see the end of the episode, it's business as usual ("Yes, Ma'am.") and not much is wrapped up.
Remarkable quote: (Chakotay sees that Janeway is obviously charmed by a primate) "Looking for a pet?" - "No, looking for a clue about primate physiology on this planet. They must have to contend with insect bites too."
Remarkable maneuver: Tuvok Maneuver, ejecting an antimatter pod and igniting it with a photon torpedo. There has been confusion about an alleged ventral torpedo launcher, but it is actually the pod which is supposed to be located exactly there, while the torpedo launch is not shown.
Remarkable fact: A Type-9 shuttle has a top speed of Warp 4, according to Tom.
Photon torpedoes used: 3
Basics I/II Stardate not given/50032.7: Seska transmits
a message, begging Chakotay to rescue her and her child, his
alleged son, from the Kazons. Janeway decides to assume that
Seska and the child are in actual danger. Tierna, who has
apparently fallen out of favor with Culluh, shows them a passage
through Kazon territory, and the ship endures only half-hearted attacks.
However, when Tierna disrupts the ship's power grid with a
suicide bomb, even the self-destruct is disabled after the Kazon
ships have permanently attacked the secondary command processor.
Seska and Culluh take over the ship and drop the Starfleet crew
on a savage planet. Only the Doctor and Ensign Suder stay on board. Paris escapes in a shuttle, while the rest of the crew strives to
stay alive on the hostile planet without any technology. Paris acquires help from the Talaxians, while the Doctor and Suder sabotage
the ship, so that it is disabled when attacked by Paris, and can
be freed from the Kazons. Seska dies and Culluh, the actual
father, takes her new-born child.
A double feature of big changes and big emotions. Interestingly, to me "Basics" had less coherence than other two-parters. Many questions were already answered at the end of part I, and it was no doubt that the crew would somehow manage to survive on the savage planet and eventually retake the ship. Not that the second part would have been boring, it just told a different story. The perhaps most interesting observation in part I is that Janeway and Chakotay seem to have taken each other's roles. Janeway, the always skeptical leader, trusts Seska too much and makes the irrational decision to help her at all cost. Chakotay, on the other hand, is suspicious like never before. But he may simply put the welfare of the ship above his personal interests.
Frankly, despite the many precautions, there isn't really a plan to free Seska. Why is Janeway so confident they can take on eight massive Kazon ships, each of them a hundred times as large as Voyager? In "Caretaker" they had lots of trouble with only one of them. Part II necessarily required the fall of the tyrant. It was a bit of a surprise to see that it wasn't Culluh but Seska who eventually died. She would have been more likely to accompany the series as the resident villain than the technologically and tactically challenged Kazons who actually make their last regular appearance in "Basics". It's a pity that the characters of Hogan and Lon Suder were abandoned likewise. Suder's character is fascinating, and it would have been worth at least another episode with a discussion whether he might be rehabilitated.
Remarkable dialogue: "You're more talented in the art of deception than you led me to believe." - "I was inspired by the presence of the master." (Seska and the Doctor)
Ship landing: #2 and #3
Photon torpedoes used: 5 (at least)
Crew losses: 3 (at least)