This week, we have some exciting episodes, as the writer's room really dials in what works for Voyager. The addition of Seven to the cast seems to spark some creativity, and the result is quite enjoyable. Here is our episode list for the week:
Here are my thoughts about this week's episodes...
Year of Hell (Parts 1 and 2) - Personally, I love these episodes. Great and tragic story. The foreshadowing of these episodes comes in Season 3 (Before and After). Rumors was that the writers wanted to do a whole season like this, but I am glad they went for just a 2-parter.
Mortal Coil - CW: Death, Afterlife, Suicide. This is a powerful Neelix episode. This one is on par with Jetrel. It is a heavy episode with some tough topics.
Message in a Bottle - The doctor takes a very interesting away mission, that will be raising a number of eyebrows. In doing so, the crew comes to the attention of a new alien species, the Hirogen.
Hunters - Voyager gets exciting news, but in doing so runs into the Hirogen, again. The Hirogen are not happy.
Prey - The Hirogen. Species 8472. Someone disobeys the Captain.
We have a few bonus episodes, this week. Here are my thoughts:
- Random Thoughts - This is a moral dilemma centered on B'Elana's thoughts. Worth watching if you like some moral quandaries.
- Concerning Flight - Some robs Voyager and Janeway is on the case with help from Leonardo da Vinci.
- Waking Moments - The crew starts having weird dreams, and then can't wake up. A Chakotay episode.
- Retrospect - CW: Personal Assault, Gaslighting. I can't recommend this episode. You are fine skipping it. It has some very uncomfortable parallels to sexual assault, and I don't think the show does a good job of handling the topic. Read the Wikipedia article for details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retrospec ... :_Voyager).