Star Trek: Voyager: Season 2, Episode 1

The 37's (28 Aug. 1995)

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Voyager answers an ancient SOS distress and finds 8 humans - including Amelia Earhart - in cryo-stasis on a nearby planet. There are thousands more Humans living in cities nearby, ... See full summary »

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Voyager answers an ancient SOS distress and finds 8 humans - including Amelia Earhart - in cryo-stasis on a nearby planet. There are thousands more Humans living in cities nearby, descendants of Humans abducted from Earth in 1937 by a race seeking to use them as slaves. Both sides are happy to find some answers and new friends. When Voyager's crew is invited to stay and live on the "new" Earth, Janeway is worried so many will accept she may find herself the only one who truly wants to get home. Written by Meribor

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This script was produced in the first season, but was held back to air as the premiere of season two. In fact, this is the earliest season premiere in Star Trek history, August 28, 1995. Janeway states that the year is 2371, which is the same year as the first season. See more »

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The 1936 model Ford truck found drifting in space for 400 years and beamed into the Voyager cargo bay not only has tires still perfectly inflated with air, but also has enough gas & oil in the engine, as well as a charged battery, so that Lt. Paris is able to start the engine on almost the first try. In the total vacuum of space, air would have almost instantaneously purged itself from primitive 1936 truck tires, as would oil, gas, etc., from the engine. In addition, a 1936 car/truck battery also contains water and is not going to retain water and/or an electrical charge in space for 400 years. See more »

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Fred Noonan: Now hear this, Commander. There's a gun pointed at the lady's head right now. So you call Washington, and you tell them we're holding your people prisoner, and they're not going anywhere until I personally talk to J. Edgar Hoover!
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A bit of a stretch
3 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've just now started through this series again, having only previously watched it when it originally aired. Yes, we know this is science fiction (OK, barely), but I have to say at this point, it is the only episode so far that had me groaning OUT LOUD over and over AND OVER. I was glad when I could get to the next episode. Yes, every episode has a little bit of the suspension of belief, but I can only assume the writers checked their brains at the door when they came to work the morning this script was written. Let me go through the mind-bending list of complete bunk we are forced to swallow:

First, the crew follows a trail of rust (in the vastness of space, no less!) to a 400 year-old Ford truck which they bring on board and manage to start on the FIRST TRY. 400 YEARS OLD!!!!! OK, I have truck from the 80's that doesn't even start that well. But that is nothing compared to the fact that they followed a TRAIL of rust and yet the truck has not a spot of rust on it! (But it DOES HAVE a huge layer of dust that must be magical pixie dust because it stuck to the paint for 400 years defying any urges to float away.) Then Janeway SMELLS the substance in the back of the truck and announces manure! As if any gaseous odor would survive that long in space, let alone the entire truck! It even has gas, oil, coolant and a charged battery!! On top of that, they tune the radio in the truck and discover an SOS signal coming through loud and clear. Turns out this signal is from a far away PLANET. Wow, the reception range on those old radios must have been INSANE!! GROAN!! I am shocked this ridiculousness made it on the air.

There's more. From the start, it would make sense that the reason the truck and plane are still be in good shape would be due to some time-based plot line. But no, that never even comes up, they stick to the idea that the objects are actually 400 years old. (But it's as if the writers changed their mind while they were still shooting, so couldn't go back to change anything.) We find out that aliens brought people over in 1937 to this planet. Still no explanation of how the truck ended up in space but the plane was on the ground. Especially since the farmer and the pilot basically had the exact same story of how they were abducted. How stupid can you be?? You start the show ON A FREAKING STARSHIP and within minutes have an old Ford truck in your cargo bay and then don't explain it properly???? Wow, way to go! GROAN!

Now we get to the part where suddenly the ship has to land on the planet. GROAN AGAIN! I've watched enough Star Trek to know that landing the Enterprise is hardly ever done. When it is, it's for some really cool purpose. Yet for some reason that doesn't actually exist, THIS episode is special and we HAVE TO LAND THE SHIP!! Can't take a shuttle, can't beam down. Some blah, blah interference/science mumbo jumbo. So, there must be something AMAZING to come if they go through that much trouble. Well..uh...actually...NOPE. NO reason, they must have just thought it would be cool to land the ship!! What a complete waste! GROAN!

Once on the planet, we get to spend lots of screen time with a gun-waving navigator who wants to stuff Janeway and friends back into the cryo-chambers DESPITE the fact that he insists what she's saying isn't true. HELLO??? You're still not believing anything, while you're FREAKING STARING at glowing high-tech wizardry and that is your first instinct?? Not even walk around the corner to see what is around the bend? Aren't you a NAVIGATOR?? And a human, for that matter, because we know that humans are naturally curious, hence the PURPOSE OF STAR TREK EVEN GOING ON THE AIR!!!! GROAN!

And now we are literally WAY PAST THE MIDDLE OF THE EPISODE before we even get to meet the 500,000 people on the planet, or actually just three, well, just two take off their masks, well, OK, just one actually talks, and it's the UGLY ONE. GROAN! Everyone RAVES how the cities are marvelous, how they remind them of home, etc. But do we get to GO SEE?? NOPE!! Just endless lines about how awesome it is and Janeway staring out the window of the ship wishing she could stay. Oh, well, I guess we just have to take the writers word on how awesome it is, because that is all we get. No CGI shots of some blinking lights off in the distance, no quick shot of a crew person in the streets of this city, NOTHING. I MEAN NOTHING AT ALL!!! But we still are supposed to believe it is AWESOME!! OK, writers, WHATEVER. GROAN!!

Now the crew get to decide if they want to stay, and the 8 cryo-sleep-no-mores get to decide if they want to go. WELL, I guess the cities ACTUALLY ARE NOT THAT AWESOME because nobody on the crew wants to stick around. And the 8 SIMPLY DEFY ALL HUMAN LOGIC and decide to not jump onto one of most awesome star ships in the entire universe for the trip home, even after the pilot swoons over the possibility of flying Voyager. I can see the guy reading the captain's log when they get home: "They met WHO? And they left her behind?????!!!!!" LOTS MORE GROANING!!!!!!


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