Star Trek: Voyager: Season 2, Episode 17

Dreadnought (12 Feb. 1996)

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Voyager comes across a ship that has been destroyed, upon investigation they discover that B'Elanna Torres is responsible! Dreadnought is a self guided missile created by the Cardassians to... See full summary »

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Voyager comes across a ship that has been destroyed, upon investigation they discover that B'Elanna Torres is responsible! Dreadnought is a self guided missile created by the Cardassians to destroy the Maquis, however the bomb failed to go off allowing B'Elanna to get inside the missile and re-program it to do the Maquis' bidding. Written by Anonymous

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The title Dreadnought was the predominant type of battleship of the 20th century. See more »

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Lt. Tom Paris: When a bomb starts talking about itself in the third person, I get worried.
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Bomb Squad
2 February 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

The crew encounters the Dreadnought, a Cardassian doomsday device intent on destroying a planet.

B'Elanna, who had previously encountered this mega-weapon, had disabled the ship's destructive capabilities. Since then it has been re-activated and she must race against time to dismantle the bomb.

Hmmm... the scene in which B'Elanna confides to Paris that Chakotay had covered for her at the briefing- and that she'd reprogrammed the ship's computer with her own voice- seem mysteriously tacked on... like it was a re-shoot and her voice was added to Dreadnought in post-production. I could be wrong, but these two factors up the ante for the otherwise weak story and make the drama more urgent and personal. If B'Elanna had simply failed in reprogramming Dreadnought she could not be blamed for its current threat, but since her admission that she had defied Chakotay's orders there is an added responsibility on her part.

If she had indeed defied Chakotay and he was covering for her at the briefing, why was there no look or exchange from him to show that he knew more than he was saying? Additionally, why was there no follow-up whatsoever on this supposed secret she shared with Chakotay? There is no scene in which they discuss it, no sign on his part that he knew anything more than what he reported to the Captain. Strange, no?

B'Elanna's voice on the Dreadnought's computer seems heavy-handed and repetitive. How many times can we marvel at the the irony that she seems to be battling herself or repenting for her own sins? This is an unremarkable episode with an unresolved plot line: why was Tom disheveled? Because he's bored with Starfleet regulations? This is not even close to a substantial B-story in the episode, and again feels shoe-horned in for some future payoff.

It is only Janeway's interaction with the leader of the threatened planet and her self-destruct sacrifice that give the episode any substance. Still waiting for Voyager to get it together... wondering why I'm being so patient.

GRADE: B-


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