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"Star Trek: Voyager" Persistence of Vision (1995)

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Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
7 July 2010

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The captain is working a little too hard; missing meals and not taking time off to relax. When the Doctor notices how snappy she is getting he orders her to go the the Holodeck to relax. She doesn't get to spend much time there because she is soon summoned to the bridge as they are approaching potentially hostile space. After receiving a message from the 'Botha' they arrange a meeting but before they can meet something strange starts to happen; at first it is almost insignificant things but soon the captain sees holodeck characters in the ship's corridors. It is assumed at first that this is due to stress but as she is being examined in sick bay Kes sees one of these characters. Soon other crew members become effected they come to the conclusion that they are under the influence of something the Botha are doing but before they can block them almost everybody is totally under their effect. Only Kes and the Doctor are able to resist and as Kes gets closer to blocking the Botha's effects she starts to be effected too.

This was an interesting story that kept me thinking as to what the cause would be and even after it became obvious that it was an alien effect there was still a bit of a surprise at the end when the culprit was exposed. It was nice getting to see Kes take a leading part again as she is one of my favourite characters, Jennifer Lien is great in the role.

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Nightmare In Space

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

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So far, Voyager has been more of a horror movie than a sci-fi series, and nowhere is that more evident than here in this episode, in which the crew is tortured and tormented by an alien able to read their minds and cause hallucinations personally tailored to each crew member's darkest fear and deepest desire.

This is a nightmare in space, as an exhausted Janeway, ordered to the holodeck by a concerned Doctor, is repaid for her moment of relaxation with a cruel series of visions and vicious attacks on her psyche. For the first time in Star Trek history I get the feeling that the writers actually dislike their characters, and that stranding them in space for a lifetime was just the start of the real punishment.

We're only 24 episodes into the series and Kes has been forced to eat beetles, the Doctor has had his existence stolen by a malfunctioning holodeck, Tuvok has abused Maquis crew members under the guise of Starfleet training... Kim has been exiled to an alternate reality, Neelix has had his lungs stolen, and Chakotay has had his essence sucked out of him. These aren't characters... they're victims.

What's never solved in this episode- which even the Captain confesses "raises any number of unanswered questions"- is WHY this alien chooses to torture them, what he gets out of his pain and suffering and obvious sadistic tendencies. If he can cause hallucinations why not just appear disguised as a recognizable crew member and sabotage the ship? Maybe because this way we wouldn't get to see Janeway's long-lost husband appear and question her fidelity, or hear Tom's vindictive Father call him a failure... we certainly wouldn't get to see Bellana's nasty sexual affair with Chakotay or hear Kes screaming in madness as blisters on her skin erupt with puss and blood.

This is a far cry from Tribble County, in which swashbuckling sci-fi characters inhabited a world built expressly for them and their high-minded, mind-blowing adventures. These are REAL people trapped in the Star Trek universe, and the realities of such a fictitious mission are for the first time played for pain and misery instead of glory and enlightenment.

These are the voyages of the Starship Voyager... its continuing mission: to explore dark alleys of the mind, to seek out new pain and nightmarish realities, to darkly go where no "Trek"has gone before...


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Star Trek: Voyager - Persistence of Vision

Author: Scarecrow-88 from United States
15 January 2017

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Perplexing plot has telepathic aliens, defensively protecting their area of space in the Delta Quadrant, using a psionic field which causes a psychoactive effect on the crew of the Voyager, resulting in delusions based on latent fantasies, desires, thoughts, and troubles buried inside. Brought to the surface, when officers succumb to what they (think they) see, their attention to reality is reduced to a catatonic state, rendering them useless. When only the Doctor and Kes remain, it will be up to them to use the warp core to produce a "resonance burst"…but the Bothan telepath will try to use a hallucination of Neelix and boils/lesions on her face to render Kes also inactive, but her own telepathic abilities just might prevent that. Baffling open-ending regarding the Bothan onboard the Voyager and their ships outside leaves less-than-satisfying results…just disappearing, they leave everyone on the Voyager questioning what exactly happened. I felt rather disappointed with such a lack of resolution. When asked why the Bothans did that to them, the response is, "Because we can." Umm, okay… This episode includes Torres confronted with lust for Chakotay, Janeway becoming attracted to a holographic program's aristocrat, Tom Paris encountering his disapproving father, Tuvok speaking with his wife and experiencing Vulcan, Kes walking past Paris injured, etc. Janeway's hallucinations of her holographic program appearing while walking about the ship creates an intriguing development but the Bothan conflict's eventual "defeat" (or was it?) just fails to end on a high note. Sadly, this could have been a real gem but ultimately results in a misfire. Too bad. All the technobabble in the world can't rescue the show every time.

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Searching for a vision....

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
12 February 2015

Throughout most of the first couple seasons, "Star Trek: Voyager" sure seemed like a show that was looking for direction and purpose. While some folks rated every episode super-high, some strongly disliked them--and it's a sure sign that the show had a much harder time finding an audience than previous Star Trek series. "Persistence of Vision" is yet another show that really does little to advance the show's plot and is stuck aboard the ship--two things that clearly would indicate that the show was in severe trouble.

When the show begins, Captain Janeway is once again in the awful Gothic novel that I so truly hated in previous shows. However, oddly, after she leaves the holodeck she occasionally sees these characters throughout the ship. Later, some alien force begins projecting hallucinations in order to keep the ship from advancing any further.

The bottom line is that the quality of this show just isn't as good as earlier Trek shows. It's filled with gibberish, holo characters but no interesting aliens nor a plot that engages the viewer. Rather poor overall.

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Skip this one. You'll miss nothing of importance

Author: laclone from Jacksonville, Fl.
6 March 2013

This episode does nothing to advance the story, or to further develop or explore any of the characters. The ending leaves you with the question of "Just what the heck happened here?", and suggest no answers.

Something affects the crew with delusions of personal desires, and then just vanishes. And using Janeway's boring Romantic Fantasy holo-novel as a springboard to further the story was like rubbing salt into a wound.

Jeri Taylor (writer) must have been having an off-day, or someone found one of her discarded script drafts and used it.

A 45 min infomercial for some Ronco product, starring our hero's, would be just as entertaining.

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