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Stranded

9/10
Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
3 August 2010

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Season Three opens with the crew still trapped on the prehistoric planet the crew split up to find food and water, as Hogan gathers bones that might be usable as tools from a cave mouth he is attacked by a creature that is dwelling within, we just hear a scream but it is assumed he is dead. There is some good news however, it soon becomes apparent that Tom managed to get away on a shuttle, it is damaged but he still manages to destroy an attacking Kazon vessel. While the crew are dealing with the planet's local population Tom has met up with the Talaxians and the Doctor and Suder are trying to think of a way to retake Voyager, although Suder is concerned that he may have to kill some of the Kazons; something he would have relished a few months before but is now worried that it will bring back his old violent feelings. When volcanic activity threatens both the crew and the natives Chakotay rescues one of them this leads to the two groups cooperating. Suder manages to sabotage the ship's systems so that Tom and the Talaxians can retake Voyager and rescue the rest of the crew.

This episode got off to a great start, killing off a character who we had seen in previous episodes made it clear that this was a dangerous planet. Brad Dourif makes a welcome reappearance as the conflicted sociopath Suder; it was god that he got an heroic death. This episode also saw the end of Seska, Martha Hackett was good in the role making one of the best villains in the series.

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Ding-Dong, The Witch Is Dead!

7/10
Author: Bolesroor from New York, NY USA
2 February 2011

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Seska is dead!!! Finally!!!

The hideously-unappealing, scenery-chewing, pointlessly-evil villain is gone from Voyager! She will be missed.

This episode is really just the killing off of the lingering, failed plot lines that had yet to be resolved. Chakotay's baby? Not his. COP-OUT! That's why they never should have begun such a ridiculous plot line in the first place.

Seska the Evil? Dead. No more contrived cliff-hanging baby-mama drama, and no more having to look at that pigskin she calls a face.

The Kazon Nistrom wars? Over. And not a moment too soon. It was clear Voyager had bitten off more than they could chew with all these plot lines. For a show about a ship heading home how many times could they keep running into the same people? While "Basics I" established a great cliffhanger, "Part II" resolves it way too quickly. Doc and Brad Dourif play Die Hard on the occupied ship while Tom sneaks back with his shuttlecraft. Not the greatest, but at least we're finally free from the ghost of plot lines past.

Die, Seska. Stay dead. Good dog.

GRADE: B-

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It's much better than part 1.

9/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
16 February 2015

This is the second part of an enjoyable but dumb first episode. I say dumb because to assume that Voyager was taken by the Kazon means assuming the Federation crew (especially Chakotay) are idiots. Regardless, this follow-up episode is significantly better and well worth seeing.

When the show begins, Voyager has been taken by the Kazon and the crew were ditched on a planet that totally sucks. Why the Kazon didn't just kill them is a big confound, as the Kazon are supposed to be bad and bad people kill hostages....duh. So now it's up to the crew to survive while help MIGHT be on the way.

As for their help, the crew really looks screwed as it consists of some Talaxians (a rather weak and annoying race), Paris in a shuttle, the Doctor (who is, after all, a hologram) and Suder. Suder is a serial killer who has reformed--but now he'll have to channel his old wicked ways to try to regain control of the ship.

Although the eventual triumph of the crew of Voyager (it's a foregone conclusion) is VERY hard to believe, this is an excellent and exciting episode. Well worth seeing even if part one makes far less sense.

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