Star Trek: Voyager (2000) – Fury, and Life Line

Captain’s log: stardate unknown

Bryan Fuller and Micheal Taylor pen this episode from a story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. First airing on 3 May, 2000, it sees the return of Jennifer Lien as Kes, and she is pissed.

She launches an assault on the Voyager, demonstrating that her powers have grown exponentially, even as she draws near the end of her life cycle, and her plan is to make sure her younger self never leaves the Ocampa camp where the Voyager first came across her six years ago… meaning a time travel episode!

Tuvok (Tim Russ) is the only one who seems to be able to sense that something is going on as the present and the past seem to be combining in countless nods to continuity. It also forces Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) to make a horrible choice, but with planning, perhaps they can avoid making it again.

I like this episode, it is definitely a showcase for the journey of the show, and how much it has changed by playing with the continuity but one is left to wonder what happened to Kes out there to make her turn against those she thought of as friend and family.

She’s also defused relatively quickly as the show wraps up. Everything else though seemed perfectly on point though.


Captain’s log: stardate unknown

Airing on 10 May, 2000, this episode continues the Pathfinder story arc set up in previous episodes,as Starfleet, now aware of the Voyager’s location, is attempting to make permanent contact, as well as find a quicker way home for them.

Written by Robert Doherty, Raf Green and Brannon Braga from a story by John Bruno and Robert Picardo this episode finds The Doctor (Picardo) transmitted to the Alpha Quadrant to help cure the creator of his holographic matrix, the ailing Dr. Zimmerman (also Picardo).

The scientist, however, wants nothing to do with him.

The episode also sees Counsellor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) and Barclay (Dwight Schultz) make appearances. It also gives Picardo a chance to play dual characters in the same scenes. This echoes some of Brent Spiner’s work as Data, Lore and Soong in The Next Generation, this story definitely seems to be more humorous than Data’s encounters with his creator and dangerous brother.

While Zimmerman and The Doctor verbally joust and dance around his medical condition (joined by Troi to make it even more enjoyable), Janeway and Chakotay (Robert Beltran) attempt to deal with some of the more troubling communiques from Starfleet that stills sees them as Federation and Maquis.

With the chance of continued contact with the Alpha Quadrant on the horizon gives the crew a renewed hope, and gears us up for the final journey home that takes place in the last season.

We wrap up season six on Thursday as I explore Star Trek: Voyager – The Complete Series on DVD from Paramount Canada. The Human Adventure continues.

Boldly go…


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