Voyager Torture features Vincent reviewing an episode of Star Trek Voyager that he’s seen for the first time and Chris Piers drawing an image based on that episode that he’s never seen.
The episode opens up promisingly (I’m being sarcastic) with a shot of Neelix in a fur coat walking through a skeezy looking bazaar. Janeway, Torres, and Tuvok are there in disguise. They seem to be on some covert mission. Their mission goes to hell when some coolish looking dudes in leather suits with helmets show up. They kind of look like the Death Star gunners from Star Wars, but more TV budget. These bad dudes, the Mokra, come on hard and fast and the team splits in the chaos.
Back on the ship, Chakotay figures out there’s a problem. It’s revealed that the crew was looking for something called Turlenium (sp?) and they need it in order to power the warp reactor and I’m sure we’ll never hear of it again. They need this stuff desperately, without it they’re lose all power to their warp nacelles. They make the tough choice of powering down the shields to conserve power. Hey, it’s too bad they can’t reroute power from the holodecks! (For those just joining us, the Voyager has a holodeck that has an incompatible power system with the rest of their ship. Yes, really!)
Thankfully, this crisis is diverted, because Neelix is the only one to avoid the guards and he brings the Turlenium back with him. Why would we want to raise the stakes by having the ship deal with a huge crisis while the away team is danger at the same time? That would be good TV! We obviously don’t want good TV so they fix the ship in the first five minutes. It’s amazing how Voyager constantly shrugs off the conventions of interesting drama. You’d think it was on purpose.
Back on the planet, the Mokra have captured Tuvok and Torres. Janeway ends up with some old guy who is crazy and thinks she is his daughter.
Tuvok and Torres are interrogated. Boy, talk about the worst two to capture. Vulcans are truthful but masters of their emotions, which would make it difficult to get information from them. And Klingons would likely go savage and rip your balls off.
Janeway deals with the old man while she tries to figure out a way of getting back to the ship/saving her friends. They need to contact the titular Resistance. While out on the street, the evil guys start hassling the regular folk, the crazy dude starts acting like a fool and it completely distracts the guards. This was not terrible.
While he’s doing his thing, Janeway chats with a Resistance dude and they formulate a plan. Afterwards, Janeway has a heart-to-heart with the crazy dude and he reveals that he was supposed to meet his wife, but he didn’t because he was too afraid. She got arrested. Ruh row.
There’s some actiony stuff as Janeway breaks into the prison. On the ship, the crew comes up with some fancy way of being able to transport without lowering their shields. Their plan doesn’t work thanks to the baddies knowing exactly when and were to hit the ship from the surface.
The ship is under a ton of enemy fire while they’re looking to beam up the crew. Inside the prison, they’re cornered by the guards and head baddie says that the crazy dude’s wife died a long time ago in a very unsurprising reveal. Oh and his daughter died trying to rescue the wife. This is just not his day. The crazy dude manages to sacrifice himself to save Janeway, so that’s cool. As he lays dying, Janeway pretends to be his daughter, so he can die happy. Very sweet of her.
Overall, this episode could have been a lot worse. There was thankfully little Neelix. This felt like a bad episode of Next Generation, which is a good episode for Voyager.
Least Annoying Characters:
Tuvok, Torres, Chakotay, and yes, even Janeway. Enjoy it for now Voyager fans!
Most Torturous Moment:
The crew solving their energy crisis right away. Way to ratchet down the tension!
Chris Art Accuracy: I wasn’t exactly descriptive when it comes to what kind of disguises the crew had, so this is about as accurate as it could possibly get. Also nice touch on the aliens, but Voyager could never have aliens that aliens on their budget.
Torture Score: 2 out of 5 Neelixes