This episode has many ties to what has happened in the United States after 9/11, even though it was written well before that happened. A peaceful society is turned upside down by an act of terror, and the government uses the fear that the act of terror creates in its citizens to further its own agenda. Some may disagree with this point of view, but to me it seems all too clear that this is eerily similar to real life. It is an excellent piece of writing by those who worked on this series and good lessons can be taken from it. Ten out of ten.
This episode takes place in the future, when Harry and Chakotay have gotten back to Earth. The only problem is that 15 years earlier, Harry makes a mistake during the flight of their new, faster "slipstream drive" that would take them all the way home.
I would rate this episode 10/10.
-15 January 2013
I just caught this episode again and watched for the first time in about 6 years. This one still holds up, unlike a lot of other shows that I found to be great as a child. This one deals with a lot of complex concepts for a children's TV show, such as the nature of human beings. It shows us at our worst when Harold and his friends trash the roof because they found the Pidgeon Man to be weird and different. It shows us at our best when Arnold befriends the Pidgeon Man and takes him out for pizza. It also shows how it is okay to be different and the reality that not everyone will accept you for going against the grain. It is truly a tragically beautiful episode and I still found myself tearing up at the end. The late great Vincent Schiavelli gives a masterful performance here that really makes the viewer understand the Pidgeon Man's loneliness. I stand by my rating from all those years ago: 10/10. Perfect.
Besides the bullet-time, the movie, actors, other effects, and chemistry were all exemplary and brilliant and came together to create one of the greatest films in history. I wish I could say the same of the sequels...