Star Trek: Voyager: Season 6, Episode 17

Spirit Folk (23 Feb. 2000)

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A revisit to the holographic town of Fair Haven proves dangerous for Paris and Kim as members of the program begin to see Voyager crew members change elements of the program before their ... See full summary »



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A revisit to the holographic town of Fair Haven proves dangerous for Paris and Kim as members of the program begin to see Voyager crew members change elements of the program before their eyes. The members of the program fear the voyager crew and think of them as bad spirits set to kill the town of Fair Haven. Written by Trekkie

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When the holo-emitter is taken off the Doctor on the holodeck, he flickers, as he gets integrated into the holomatrix. When Janeway later takes the emitter off Sullivan, he shows no indication of being reintegrated into the matrix, yet when she fits the Doctor with the emitter right afterward, he flickers again. Sullivan and the Doctor should both have reacted to the emitter in the same way. See more »


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Jerusalem, Part II
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And once again, Voyager is about Voyager, not "The Irish", "The British" or even "The Americans".

We've already seen that Tom Paris made this Holo-Town, which is a fictional town, so it does not have to look exactly like Ireland, it has to look like what Tom made it to look like. Which unfortunately is the "European" Backlot of Paramount. It's a given that Tom got details wrong, remember Janeway shows Tom that he got the HARP backward on Sullivan's Pub Sign? Never in either of these Fairhaven Episodes does it state that Fairhaven is an exact dupe of any town in Ireland. Besides, it was made for Voyager crew, not you.

And did Those Feet in Ancient Times, walk upon England's Mountain's Green? Nope. Besides, William Blake was referring to The Industrial Revolution aka "Urban Creep" which he hated. Nevertheless, Calvinists everywhere sing that song as a Hymn.

So this Holo has been running for weeks now, remember- it almost got demolished by the Ion Storm and 70% of it had to be rebuilt. But there are still Ghosts in The Machine.

Tom is driving around in his horseless carriage. The Town panhandler "Seamus" (Richard Riehle) causes him to crash it, and Seamus sees Tom "repair" his wheel. Then Tom changes Maggie O'Halleran (Henriette Ivanans) into a COW, and someone sees The Doctor change her back.

Fairhaven like any town will be subject to Rumour, which will eventually "Walk the Ground with Head Hidden in the Clouds" (Virgil's The Aeneid).

But the 'Deck is malfunctioning, the Holograms are reacting to things they ought not react to. When Tom and Harry try to fix Michael Sullivan (Fintan McKeown), Sullivan plays along with them and pretends to be fixed.

They are becoming Sentient, and acting more or less like people in a small town in Ireland.

So they Kidnap Tom and Harry as they try to fix the program from Sullivan's, tie them up and Seamus tries chanting Faery Spells on them. When the Doctor interrupts, they tie him up too and steal his Emitter.

That's when the fun begins, Sullivan gets beamed to The Bridge and now Janeway has a Headache. Basically this is "First Contact" with a new Life Form, and now the crew has to earn Fairhaven's Trust, now that they know what they are.

When I first saw these episodes I was hoping they would have more of them, but like Janeway's Davinci Program, they were a One-Season Deal. We did not see Da Vinci much after Seasons 4 and 5. Most of the Detractors of Fairhaven forget that this was not for our benefit, it was for Voyager's. If you take that into account, then the interactions that occur in these episodes can be enjoyed a lot more, including The Doctor's Pompous Sermons. Even Starships beset on all sides by Borg and Devore have to have a little diversion and so do we, otherwise a show is monotonous, and I don't mean Monotanium.

Look for Ian Abercrombie as "Milo", who was The Abbot in "Someone to Watch Over Me".

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