Star Trek: Voyager (1996) -Deadlock, and Innocence

Captain’s log: stardate 49548.7

Brannon Braga pens this episode that first aired on 18 March, 1996.

The Voyager is trying to avoid Vidiian territory, but a spatial anomaly begins causing some problems when the ship is assaulted by proton bursts which are disrupting EPS conduits and the ship’s structure is coming undone.

Things get even stranger when a second Voyager appears, they are almost in the same space and time as the ship that is being destroyed. Things get worse when the Vidiians discover the ships and begin their assault, and many of our favorite characters begin to fall.

Ensign WIldman (Nancy Hower) finally gives birth to little Naomi Wildman at a cost. In fact there is a cost for a lot of things in this episode as the ship is torn apart, but when the second Voyager arrives, you can see a way out story-wise, but also know that it is going to be a dark, hard road.

I love this episode, it’s a great way to put us through the wringer as characters meet their end, the ship is destroyed and yet before episode’s end, you know a lot of things will be put to right, and the ship will continue its journey home.

I like seeing how these characters react under duress, and what their final decisions would be as they defend one another, and give each other a fighting chance. A very solid and entertaining episode.

And we’re only in season two! There is so much more to go.

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Captain’s log: stardate 49578.2

Lisa Klink pens this episode from a story by Anthony Williams that lets Tuvok (Tim Russ) have some of the limelight again.

When Tuvok’s shuttle crash lands on a remote planet he is shocked (as much as a Vulcan can be) when he discovers a group of children who have also survived a crash. Things get complicated, however, when they begin disappearing one by one.

The children says that the morrok comes only at night, and takes them to die. (If they know this, why do they stay so close to the cave in the first place?). Tuvok is intrigued

While Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and the Voyager begins searching for the missing shuttle, they also find themselves dealing with a first contact situation.

But it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that both stories are connected.

Tuvok does his best to keep the children calm, but unsurprisingly some of them disappear, but the reveal shows us what is really going on…

The Human Adventure continues next week when I return to Deep Space Nine, and then journey onward with Voyager, as I explore The Complete Series box sets for both classic Trek shows, currently available form Paramount Pictures.

Boldly go.

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