Star Trek: Voyager (2000) – Body and Soul, and Nightingale

Captain’s log: stardate 54283.3

Robert Duncan McNeill (Paris) directs this episode that was written by Eric Morris, Phyllis Strong and Mike Sussman from a story by Micheal Taylor, it debuted on 15 November, 2000.

Harry (Garrett Wang), Seven (Jeri Ryan) and the Doctor (Robert Picardo) are on a mission aboard the Delta Flyer II, when they encounter a species that hates holographic creations. So the Doctor’s program is hidden in one Seven’s Borg implants, and consequently his personality begins to surface in her.

Meanwhile back on the Voyager, Tuvok (Tim Russ) is beginning to succumb to the seven year cycle of Pon Farr.

The episode features Megan Gallagher in a guest star role, and ends up being a pretty fun story altogether more angled on characters than narrative, and it gives Ryan a chance to do something different with Seven, and establishes some necessary continuity for Tuvok, and something that Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) cottons to immediately but keeps quiet out of respect for their friendship.

Unfortunately for Wang, Harry is given the short shrift in this story, and spends most of his time in a brig only catching up on things when Seven and the Doctor return to catch him up on the plot.

These character episodes are fun, and as much as I am enjoying the show, I still don’t need Seven of Nine (despite the fact that Ryan does some wonderful things in this episode) to be front and centre as much as she is. I know I’ve said this a lot over the past couple of seasons, but share the limelight!

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Captain’s log: stardate 54274.7

And speaking of Harry, he gets his moment in this episode directed by LeVar Burton, written by Andre Bormanis from a story by Robert Lederman and Dave Long. It first debuted on 22 November, 2000.

When Harry, aboard the Delta Flyer II saves a damaged alien ship, the Voyager crew repair it, and in gratitude, the alien race offer command to the young ensign. Meanwhile in other parts of the ship, former Borg drone, and the only remaining annoying child on the ship (Scarlett Pomers as Naomi Wildman does not count!) Icheb (Manu Intiraymi) believes that Torres (Roxann Dawson) has a crush on him.

Of fun note is that Ron Glass makes an appearance as Loken, one of the aliens aboard Harry’s new ship.

It’s kind of cool that for the first time in seven years, the Voyager puts down for a complete repair, which Torres tells Janeway will take the better part of a week. And it seems that despite whatever Harry has learned over his travels on the starship, he hasn’t quite got the knack of listening to the advice of his crew, or trusting that they know how to do their job… and that seems a little off to me, but works to illustrate why the poor fella is still an ensign.

It doesn’t help ghat the aliens lied about their ship and its mission.

The Human Adventure continues next week as I explore the seventh and final season of Star Trek: Voyager, courtesy of The Complete Series on DVD from Paramount Canada.

Boldly go…

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