Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – Gravity, and Bliss

Captain’s log: stardate 52438.9

Nick Sagan and Bryan Fuller penned the teleplay for this episode from a story by Jimmy Diggs, Sagan and Fuller. It first debuted on 3 February, 1999.

When Tuvok (Tim Russ), Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) and the Doctor (Robert Picardo) crash land on a planet that lays within a temporal anomaly, they are marooned for months, and befriend an alien woman, Noss (Lori Petty).

Problems arise when she begins to fall in love with Tuvok.

Through flashbacks we learn that Tuvok wasn’t always so restrained, he indulged some of his emotions until he learned control.

This episode seems really intent on building character and taking its time telling its story, despite the confines of the episode’s time limit.

And speaking of time, the crew of the Voyager are running out of it, as an alien species is working to seal the rift that leads to the subspace pocket that holds the planet, and the pocket itself may be collapsing!

I quite like this look at Tuvok, his past, and the present, as he deals with Noss’ infatuation. It also serves to allow for some fantastic character moments between Pairs and Tuvok as they try to survive for months… while for Voyager it’s only been a couple of days.

The dynamic between Petty and Russ is great, and you actually feel for both parties as they struggle with their emotions, and the reality of the situation.

Of course, the wayward crew members are rescued before episode’s end, and the Voyager continues her journey homeward, but not before Noss and Tuvok share a mind meld.

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Captain’s log: stardate 52542.3

Robert J. Doherty wrote this episode from a story by Bill Prady. It first aired on 10 February, 1999.

Bliss permeates the crew when they discover a wormhole that could lead them home, as contact with loved ones is reestablished, and the starship prepares to traverse the anomaly, Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) becomes convinced that not everything is as it appears to be.

Of course, she’s right, not only does the wormhole supposedly drop them on Earth’s doorstep, but every one of the crew is promised rewards and success, everything they could want. Seven’s investigation shows her right off that something is wrong, but is unable to be convince the rest of the crew.  Still, with the help of young Naomi Wildman (Scarlett Pomers) she may have a chance.

William Morgan Sheppard makes an appearance as an alien named Qatai, who may be of help to the Voyager. I love when he pops up in Trek, and he’s done it a number of times.

The story, once again, is smart, well-crafted, and it’s interesting to see how things play out for all the characters as they elate in their discovery, and the realization that things aren’t what they seem by the close of the story.

The Human Adventure continues next week as I explore Star Trek: Voyager – The Complete Series on DVD from Paramount Canada.

Boldly go…

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