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This episode may seem boring at the beginning, even out of place;
that's how it seemed to me. But even though such dilemmas and
developments as are shown here may seem unusual, this episode is part
of a continuing "meaning of life" trend seen over and again in voyager.
The #1 best part of the episode takes place in the transporter room
with captain Janeway "showing her true colors" as a friend of mine put
it; thankfully she relents.
The second best episode is that (what will become) a trend in Harry Kim's behavior starts here. Not just speaking out his opinion, but having confidence in his opinions and standing up for himself. Kim is right: he has a lot more experience now than when he first signed on as a "green", young ensign. Bottom line: if you can bear the first 10 minutes, the rest is great!
"Demon" is a very unusual episode because it looks a lot more expensive
and outer spacey compared to most episodes in the "Star Trek" world.
Too often, when they visit worlds they all look about the same.
However, here they land on a hot planet a bit like Mercury and to do
so, they wear neat space suits. As for the planet, it looks really
The show begins with Paris and Kim beaming down to this hellish looking planet. The ship needs power and they are there to see what they can find. However, something weird happens--when they try to beam back to the ship, neither can breath--like the planet has done something to change their physiology. However, there's far more to it than this...
The story is nice and the sets are great. Worth seeing.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
With their fuel almost out things are getting so desperate that life
support has to be switched off in non essential areas which means crew
must move out of they quarters and bed down elsewhere. Seven of Nine
has been told to shut down her astrometrics lab but before she does so
she finds a large source of the needed fuel; the problem is that is is
on a planet that is so inhospitable that it is nicknamed a
"Demon-class" planet. Normally they would never go to such a planet but
being desperate Harry and Tom take a shuttle to the surface to get the
required fuel. The find a strange silver substance which appears to
contain the fuel, while Tom goes to investigate another source Harry
appears to fall in or be pulled into the liquid, Tom gets him out but
in the process their suits fail. Desperate for fuel Janeway decides to
risk everything and land Voyager on the planet, when an away team goes
out they are shocked to find Harry and Tom are alive and well... and
without their protective suits despite the hot toxic atmosphere.
Returning to the ship it becomes apparent that they need the planets
atmosphere to survive. Whatever the strange liquid was it appears to
have changed them in some fundamental way or perhaps it has done
something even more surprising.
This episode was good in the way it showed how Harry's character has developed, he is no longer fresh out of the Academy and when he has an idea he is willing to push that idea to the senior crew. Once it becomes apparent what is really happening it was surprising to see the captain come close to breaking the prime directive even if nobody points this out at the time. I could have done without the subplot about Neelix trying to find a bed in sickbay during fuel crisis but that is a fairly minor quibble in a good episode.
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