Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Rise, and Favorite Son

Captain’s log: stardate unknown

Brannon Braga pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Jimmy Diggs. It first aired on 26 February, 1997.

The Voyager is helping to defend a small colony planet from an assault of asteroids. While carrying out the mission Tuvok (Tim Russ) and Neelix (Ethan Phillips) are trapped on the surface.

As they try to figure out a way to get home, a la Flight of the Phoenix, using an orbital tether, and mag-lev elevator, Neelix shows that he will only take so much logic and negativity from Tuvok, and by episode’s end, they both have a new perspective on the other.

During all of this Chaoktay (Robert Beltran) and Torres (Roxann Dawson) discover that the asteroids aren’t hitting the colony by happenstance. they have been directed at a target.

As the elevator makes its ascent, things get tense as there seems to be more going on than Neelix and Tuvok realize, there are people with them that can’t be trusted, that will betray them, and they are tied to the mystery that the Voyager crew in orbit are attempting to resolve.

It’s not a horrible episode, but it’s also not as strong as it could be, there are some cool ideas at work, and I like a lot of the effects, despite the fact that you can tell how dated they are.

Still, I always do enjoy the pairing of Tuvok and Neelix, they always make for a solid story.


Captain’s log: stardate 50732.4

Lisa Klink pens this Harry Kim (Garrett Wang) episode that first aired on 18 March, 1997.

Harry seems to be suffering from a form of deja vu, and a strange skin infection that leads him to believe that he is in fact a member of a race of beings living in the Delta Quadrant, and he guides the Federation starship to their planet.

He leaves the ship and is welcomed ‘home’ to this planet, but it isn’t until Voyager is some distance away, and Harry can’t contact them, that the aliens true intentions are revealed and the truth of what is happening to the young ensign is seen in full.

This one is a little silly, and sadly, Harry’s character has yet to get a story that really works for the character. It sometimes feel that the writers don’t necessarily know how to properly service the story and character needs of the supporting characters, and Harry always seems to get the brunt of this.

Still this episode gets us out of the weaker episodes of the third season and we move on to smarter, more strongly written episodes that move us closer and closer to Borg space…

The Human Adventure continues as I journey home with the crew of the Voyager, as I explore The Complete Series on DVD. Boldly go…


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