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"Star Trek: Voyager" Night (1998)

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Not quite alone in the darkness

Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
16 February 2010

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

As the episode opens one could be forgiven for thinking you were on the wrong channel as a scene from what appears to be an old black and white science fiction comes on to the screen. It turns out this is just Tom and Harry's latest holodeck program. It turns out the holodeck has become more popular than ever since Voyager entered a strange void which will take two years to cross and in that time there will be nothing visible outside in the blackness. As they go deeper into the void crew morale is diminishing, not helped by the fact that Captain Janeway is hardly seen as she sits in her quarters mulling over the decision she made four years ago which trapped them all in the Delta Quadrant. They find a radiation source so decide to investigate; once near the source they are attacked by an unseen enemy which drains Voyager's power. Several aliens beam aboard and one is captured. Just when it looks like Voyager might be defeated another ship arrives and chases off the attackers. This ship is the source of the radiation that was detected earlier. When Janeway hears his offer of help by showing them the whereabouts of a vortex out of the void she is left with a problem; taking the help would shave two years off their journey but their assistant is dumping radioactive waste that is killing the natives of the void. Wanting to help her crew and the local aliens she comes up with a plan to stay behind and destroy the vortex after Voyager enters it however the crew refuse to leave her behind come up with an alternate plan.

This episode was a good start to the fifth series; the environmental message that wasn't too heavy handed. Controller Emck the polluting alien was of the villain-of-the-week variety but that didn't matter as this episode was all about how the crew of Voyager sticks together in a crisis and makes the right decision even though it is likely to make life harder for them.

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Great Beginning to Season Five!

Author: shelley-bourdon from Richmond, VA
19 May 2017

I, for one, can't stand the fact that Captain Janeway's personal ethics continued to put her crew at risk throughout Seasons 1 - 4. In this episode, however, she finally becomes as disgusted with herself as I have been. (Thank Heavens!) It was refreshing to see a glimpse of humility in this character. It's the first time I felt a genuine sense of fondness for her.

I thought this episode was a great beginning for Season Five. Yes, there were a few holes in the script-writing, but nothing worth mentioning, in my opinion. Unlike most Trekkies out there, I'm only now getting around to watching the Voyager series (on Amazon Prime). The writing for the series got dramatically better with the beginning of Season Four. I can only hope this upward arc continues. I look forward to watching the rest of Season Five.

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An interesting controversy

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
24 February 2015

When the show begins, folks are in the holodeck...and I hate that. Fortunately, this did not make up the bulk of the episode AND the Dr. Chaotica set did look really cool--much like an old "Flash Gordon" serial.

Voyager is in the midst of a black void. They've been there for a while and it's taking its toll on the ship. However, their boredom is interrupted when the ship is attacked! But another ship arrives and scatters the small attackers. While the Captain is thrilled that they were saved, she soon learns something shocking--their 'savior' uses a ship that pollutes space with toxic radiation! So Voyager offers to help both sides--to offer the offending ship an alternative to dumping their waste in the void. Amazingly, the commander of this ship LIKES dumping in the void and couldn't care less about his harming the folks in the void! So what's next?

This is a very good episode overall and offered some interesting aliens and an interesting dilemma. Worth seeing.

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