Star Trek: Voyager: Season 2, Episode 23

The Thaw (29 Apr. 1996)

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Voyager finds a group of people connected in stasis chambers and something has gone terribly wrong.



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Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Patty Maloney ...
Little Woman
Tony Carlin ...


Voyager finds a group of people connected in stasis chambers and something has gone terribly wrong.

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This takes place in 2372. See more »


When Fear is torturing Harry by making him old they are all standing towards the center of the yellow and red pinwheel painted floor, then Fear turns Harry into a baby and tosses him in the air a few times, when doing this a blue mat appears below them on the floor. Then Fear changes Harry back and the mat disappears. See more »


[Kim and Torres are walking through a throng of artists and jugglers]
Ensign Harry Kim: Er - excuse me... We're trying to find some friends.
Clown: Well, that shouldn't be difficult. We're all friends here.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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The worst of Star Trek's pseudo-artisteaque carnivale nonsense
15 July 2015 | by (Pittsburgh) – See all my reviews

Star Trek repeatedly dips into the same bag of "artistic expression" that inspired your kindergarten dance teacher. Streamers, tacky costumes, overwrought movement, absurd fabrics, and gaudy face paint. A sort of interpretation of festival and carnival culture from people who don't quite understand it.

This kind of exaggerated "expressive" performance comes up a few times across several series in the franchise; the "Colony of Free Spirits" on The Next Generation(The Higher, The Fewer!) for example. It was obvious to me as hammy, overacted, and seemed too childish to me when I was in kindergarten, and its an unwelcome addition to Star Trek as an adult.

Performance and creativity are wonderful things, I don't want this review to come across as the bitter complaints of a sour old grouch who hates youthful expression and fun, but these performances are too tacky, gaudy, and annoying for me to sit through on most viewings.

The process of overcoming the villain who generates this environment is satisfying, but only to see the over-the-top characters get their comeuppance.

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