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"Star Trek: Voyager" The Cloud (1995)

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

So so episode

6/10
Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
11 June 2010

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This isn't one of the stronger Voyager episodes, this is largely because instead of having one main story and one secondary story it has one main story and three minor stories, none of which are bad but none are that exciting either. In the main story Voyager goes into a nebula hoping to find a fuel supply, instead they find they are trapped inside it and their power is being drained. Using phasers and torpedoes they manage to escape but soon realise that it wasn't a nebula but a giant organism which they have injured so Janeway decides to take Voyager back in an attempt to heal the damage they've done. In the minor stories Neelix is thinking about leaving Voyager as he thinks the captain is a little too keen to put the ship in harms way; Chakotay tries to help the captain by introducing her to her spirit guide and Tom creates a new holodeck program, which replicates a French bar, for the crew to relax in.

While there was nothing bad about this episode it never really gripped me as they never seemed in great danger and the secondary stories weren't to gripping either, the weakest being the introduction of the new holographic bar... although that might be down to my own bias against most holodeck based stories.

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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Overall, not what a captain would do.

3/10
Author: (dukeb0y@hotmail.com) from Bradenton, FL
19 January 2010

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I'm a big fan of Voyager. I just signed up for NETFLIX, and I will watch the whole series, star to finish.

OK, NOTE SPOILERS!!!!

Voyager see a cloud, and goes to investigate. I understand that, to EXPLORE. It's human nature. But at some point, military training MUST take over. After all, it'a captains' DUTY to protect his or her ship. Voyager enters the 'cloud' and gets trapped, and blasts it's way out. 14 crewmen hurt. The 'cloud' is a living thing, and hurt by the Voyager entering it.

So what's JANEWAY going to do? Goes back in to HEAL the 'cloud'.

First of all, I don't think any captain would risk casualties, or the whole ship, to heal the 'cloud'.

Second, in TOS, there was always another opinion (Balance of Terror, for example), where Capt'n Kirk would ask for other view, like any good commander.

I'm sure if Capt'n Janeway asked for thoughts about going back into the 'cloud' someone would have said "You nuts for risking the ship".

Like the Dodo bird, Janeway should have sailed off, and not worried about the 'cloud'.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Depleting interest reserves

2/10
Author: jurific from Canada
2 March 2017

A rather weak episode that is as nebulous in its 3 disjointed story concepts as in subject matter. Healing the cloud entity as a plot relies almost entirely on technobable and limited low budget visuals which diminish the already low stakes low interest plot line. Paris' bar begins one of the many terrible holodeck segments voyager cycled through between seasons. With seemingly endless possibilities, a seedy bar with holographic prostitutes simply cannot be the place you invite your crew-mates to hang out in. Lastly the chakotay section was actually alright, if a but fluffy, and constantly tight-roping the line between offensive and tasteful.

Janeway comes across so far this season as a talented scientist with inconsistent command ability. In the same episode she puts down Neelix's whining with authority, and then later allows him to disrupt all bridge operations with a snack and a proclamation about his new self-appointed ship officer position. Others have already touched on her questionable decisions to risk everyone's life, ship power, and fuel reserves on a humanitarian detour.

All in all, a Pretty weak and disjointed episode that never really impressed and leaves the viewer a little frustrated by the characters.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A pleasant entry

6/10
Author: Paularoc from United States
12 July 2012

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The basic premise is a familiar one – in ignorance and in the spirit of exploration, a star ship seriously injures a living creature and of course the crew feels deep remorse and tries to rectify the situation. Although a sad concept intellectually, the episode really didn't project empathy for the creature – the story had little emotional impact but the sentiments expressed were good and honorable ones. I am a fan of Reviewer Tweekums postings about Voyager and often we agree – but not always which is as it should be. I love holodeck- based stories and my favorite scenes in this episode were of the holographic bar. Well, that's what makes a horse race. The secondary story of the Indian spirit guide was pretty good but didn't go anywhere. A pleasant if unspectacular entry.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Star Trek: Voyager - The Cloud

6/10
Author: Scarecrow-88 from United States
7 January 2017

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While it will never be considered a classic episode of the show, The Cloud has a rather breezy, relaxed tone to it, more focused on character development than action or suspense. And every single Star Trek series had these. Sure there's a minor bit of danger involved towards the Voyager, but this episode is more considerate to the crew and their adapting to being lost in the Delta Quadrant, looking for their way back home. This episode focuses on exploring the unknown, encountering what they think is a nebula worthy of researching, not knowing it is a lifeform. When they investigate the nebula, for it is rich in omicron particles that could benefit the ship as an energy resource, they encounter a barrier that proves to be a nuisance. Organic matter attaching to the ship drains energy and the trip out of the "nebula" definitely exhausts reserves. It turns out that this isn't a nebula at all, with the use of weapons against it causing injury. So Janeway feels compelled to help heal it's wounds with use of the ship...the being also has regenerative abilities.

This episode has a variety of subplots such as Paris introducing Kim to his French Bistro holographic program, Chakotay encouraging Janeway to find her spirit animal, Neelix reinventing himself as a morale officer to help boost the spirits of the crew, Kes planting an intimate kiss on the lips of an approving Neelix, and Janeway hoping to improve the morale of her crew by not distancing herself but instead integrating with them. Janeway's pool playing skills and the way Paris surrounds himself with French babes at the Bistro are highlights of the hologram. Neelix annoying Janeway about his new brand of coffee and surprising the crew on the Bridge with snacks offer some funnier moments. This will not serve as an example of the series' most exhilarating output, but it does prove it cares about its characters.

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2 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Too touchy-feely for me...I just wanted to see them kill something!

3/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
3 February 2015

"The Cloud" is a very weak episode for "Star Trek: Voyager"--and hopefully it's not a sign of things to come. The show irritated me- -perhaps because I'd rather see action instead of 'spirit animals' and other touchy-feely and rather embarrassing plot elements.

Voyager encounters a nebula, so they do what any Federation ship would do--they fly right into it to explore. But getting in and out is NOT an easy affair and the ship loses a lot of energy getting out of the massive thing. Soon Torres realizes that it was NOT a nebula but some sort of giant living creature--and being intergalactic do- gooders, Janeway takes the ship back inside to fix the damage they caused.

In addition to this 'nice' plot, the show bogs down in what seems irrelevant. Paris introduces crew to his holo program of a French bar and Janeway goes on a spirit guide journey to discover her spirit animal. Yech.

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