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.
Star Trek Voyager nearly broke my brain last week, but I managed to recover. I did feel a little trepidation when I hit play on the next episode, though it was quickly gone when I realized the episode might not be entirely bad…
Non Sequitur begins with Harry Kim waking up in bed with a beautiful woman, so you know something must be seriously screwed up.
Kim realizes that something is not right (not just because he woke up in bed with a real lady). Not only is there a lady in his life, but the date is current and he’s on Earth working at Star Fleet HQ in San Francisco. However, he knows that something is wrong because he clearly remembers being on a shuttle that was heading back to the Voyager. When he relates some of this to his girlfriend, Libby, she explains that it’s not funny and he should stop messing around, because the Voyager had it’s memorial service. The Voyager is lost and Kim was never on it.
Side Note: If you wake up in an alternate reality or life is completely different than you remember it, bang the person that you’re with the first chance you get. Hey, they might turn out to be some sort of weirdo alien, but at least you got to have sex with your dream girl/guy before it all fell apart!
Side Side Note: So I guess Kim wasn’t making up his girlfriend Libby back home. It totally seemed like a cover!
Non Sequitur is a nifty little mystery at the start, right out of the handbook of good Star Trek episodes. The episode is fairly entertaining, so if you don’t want to be spoiled stop reading now and come back later.
Okay, so Kim learns that he’s a warp field engineer that has been working on a prototype shuttle for the last six months. Kind of funny that a guy can either be a lowly helmsman who says some of the dumbest lines in the series or a high profile engineer with a special award, hot girlfriend, and somehow he’s still just an ensign.
Of course Kim’s behavior of looking up restricted records and going to visit ex con Tom Paris in France to figure out what is going on doesn’t look exactly good to his bosses at Star Fleet. Oh yeah, Tom is around because Kim stopped him from getting into a fight with Quark in the first episode on DS9. Without him onboard the Voyager Paris is a low life that hangs out in the nightclub that he had reconstructed in the holodeck. Anyway, Kim tries and fails to get him to help go back through this time hole so he can get back and put right what once was wrong. Hey, that seems familiar…
It’s eventually explained to Kim by an alien in disguise that Kim fell into some sort of temporal anomaly. He tries to tell Kim that since things are better now he should probably stay. If he tries to go back, he could end up anywhere in time. And let’s face it, Kim’s life is way better in this new reality (aside from the accusations of treason and possible prison sentence), but if Kim is anything, he’s sympathetic to all the other people that got screwed by his not going on the Voyager (like Tom Paris and the guy who went in Kim’s place).
The only minor annoyance I had with this episode doesn’t even register on the scale, but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t mention it. Kim’s boss at Starfleet don’t believe him, which is something that always aggravates me in these types of stories. They live in a universe where time travel is possible, alternate realities have been visited, and wonders beyond imagining happen. Why is it so hard to believe this guy’s story? A guy who has a stellar record in Starfleet so far should get a bit of a pass when it comes to a fantastic story. The fact that they live in a world where a starship went back in time and brought back a whale to save the Earth should give Kim a little bit of the doubt.
Kim gets home, everything is better, and Neelix doesn’t make a single appearance on the show. Best episode of Voyager so far? No, but it’s rather tempting to give it that title with no Neelix!
Least Annoying Characters:
Most Torturous Moment:
Starfleet bosses questioning the claim that time could have changed.
Chris Art Accuracy:
While this scene doesn’t occur in the episode like this, this is one fantastic drawing. Chris really nails Kim. Libby is kind of like her real life counterpart and the long hair helps sell it, though the Libby on the show had wavier hair.
Torture Score: 0 out of 5 Neelixes