Captain’s log: stardate 50384.2
Kenneth Biller pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Shawn Piller. It first aired on 27 November, 1996, and saw Q (John de Lancie) and the Q Continuum return to plague Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and the rest of the crew of the Voyager.
Following the events that happened the last time the Q encountered Janeway, there has been a civil war within the Continuum. Q has a way to solve it, he and the captain will have a child together.
The war is having an effect on the physical realm as well as a number of stars are going supernova. Janeway won’t have a child with Q, but she may be able to help resolve the Continuum’s problem.
It’s a lot of fun watching Q try to romance Janeway. It’s also a lot of fun to see this incarnation of the Continuum as we get a look at the civil war that is tearing it apart, and the Starfleet crew (and the audience) perceive it as a spin on the American Civil War.
Suzie Plakson (always a favorite) who has previously played a Vulcan scientist, and a Klingon diplomat gets to shed the prosthetics, and take on the role of a Q. Apparently, she and Q have been involved for quite some time.
This is a fun episode and gives us a bit of a new look at Q and the Continuum, and it’s quite something to see how the character has changed and grown, along with his mythology since first appearing in The Next Generation.
Captain’s log: stardate 50425.1
Brannon Braga pens this episode that first screened on 11 December, 1996. Janeway and Neelix (Ethan Phillips) return from an away mission to discover that the crew of the Voyager are missing, and something is roaming around the corridors of the seemingly deserted ship.
With the help of the holographic Doctor (Robert Picardo) the pair must reclaim the ship from a microorganism, a virus, that has grown to a troubling size. When Janeway finds members of the crew, they are incapacitated, and seem to be breeding grounds for the organisms…
There are moments throughout the episode that seem to give little nods to the classic 1979 film, Alien, and it’s a lot of fun to see Janeway take on an action scene. The only down side is that a lot of the computer generated effects for the creature are very recognizably CGI.
Next week, the human adventure continues as I explore The Complete Series on DVD of both Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. These classic Trek series are available now from Paramount Canada.