Star Trek: Voyager: Season 3, Episode 13

Fair Trade (8 Jan. 1997)

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Voyager heads into a section of space that Neelix has no knowledge of so he tries to obtain a map of it from a less than reputable friend.


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Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Ensign Harry Kim (credit only)
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Voyager heads into a section of space that Neelix has no knowledge of so he tries to obtain a map of it from a less than reputable friend.

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2 February 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Neelix, who has certainly been helpful this season by expanding his duties on the ship, suddenly becomes convinced that he's no longer needed on Voyager. Insert question mark here.

Neelix's fear emerges in spite of the fact that in just the last episode Janeway commends him on his diplomatic skills and names him the ship's unofficial Ambassador. He's also ship's Cook, morale officer and hosts a daily talk show for the crew. Does this sound like a man who has no place on the ship? But the plot demands that Neelix be desperate to prove his usefulness, so he embarks on a scheme to obtain a map which leads to his trading drugs and being asked to steal plasma from Voyager's warp engine. Naturally...

This is a decent episode but it is fairly obvious that no one on the ship is safe from being killed off, fired or recast. Many of the episodes this season bring each character to the brink of death or disaster several times over. It looks like they're trying to bring each character to their breaking point, to test their fictional relevance, and it's this kind of uncertainty and doubt that make the show very difficult to watch at times.

Can't we have an episode in which a character isn't threatened with death or catastrophe? Just one? Neelix eventually finds his emotional core and manages to escape punishment for his wrong-doing by nailing even bigger criminals... what luck! He turns state's evidence and rats to the space station administrator. A stern lecture from Janeway puts the period at the end of this one, but I'm not sure it was worth the trip in.


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