Wednesday, July 12, 2006


I just saw the final episode of Star Trek: Voyager, which was titled Endgame, and thus capped a nearly 17-month quest to see every episode of the show. I'd seen episodes here and there during the series' run on regular TV, but thanks to Netflix, I was able to start at the beginning and methodically forge my way through the mysterious nebula of mediocrity which was the show. It was good for a few seasons, but overall it was just painfully average. It never excelled to the heights of Next Generation, though it certainly tried. Too many wandering plot threads, too many uninteresting characters, and a general lack of direction overall really hurt the show. Janeway was decent, but between her cow-towing to the whims of the crew and Chakotay's near-absence as the second-in-command, it made for a very strange power structure within the ranks of the crew.

Still, though, it was cool to see an entire series, and it did certainly have its high points such as the episode where the ship is frozen on a planet and Kim and Chakotay must travel back in time to prevent...erm...something or other from happening. Incidentally, that episode was directed by LeVar Burton, who was none other than Geordi LaForge on TNG. Appearances by John DeLancie, Marina Sirtis, and that guy who played Barklay (not to mention one guest appearance from Johnathan Frakes) also made for some great episodes.

So here's to finishing one Trek series, and resuming another. Disc 2 of TNG Season 4 arrives via Netflix next week...

edit: the podcast was recorded, partly, but many technical difficulties forced us to abandon it. I hope to record an episode by myself later this week.

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