Voyager Torture: Projections (Episode 19 Season 2)

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Voyager Torture features Vincent reviewing an episode of Star Trek Voyager that he’s seen for the first time and Chris Piers creating a drawing based on that episode based solely on Vincent’s review and never having seen the show.

We’re back with Voyager Torture, my little experiment to force myself to watch every episode of Star Trek Voyager. Now that we’re on to season two I can reflect on the 16 episodes that comprised season one. And yep, it’s about as bad as I imagined, though I’m happy that there were a few episodes that were pretty decent. Still, it’s hard to believe that Star Trek could go from the greats of Star Trek: The Next Generation to this…

This week’s episode of Star Trek: Voyager focuses on the Doctor, it’s in the style of some of the best episodes of other Star Trek series, and it’s directed by William Riker himself, Jonathan Frakes… will it be an agonizing 45 minutes of pure torture or will it actually be good? Read on, dear friends!

As mentioned before the more tag, this episode opens up with the Doctor waking up not knowing what is going on. The Voyager appears to be missing the entire crew, except for the Doctor. I’m not going to lie. I really liked this episode a whole lot. And if you’re a fan of the other Star Trek series you should stop reading this and check the episode out. You don’t need to know anything about Voyager to really enjoy this one. I don’t want to give too much away, since the episode is a mystery and describing the plot would ruin it.

Oh you’re still here? Well I’m not going to spoil everything for you, but there will be minor spoilers.

After talking to the computer for awhile The Doctor realizes he’s not alone. Janeway and Torres are around and later they find Neelix too (ugh, but he’s actually kind of funny in this episode. SHOCKER!) The Doctor can also leave the sick bay thanks to the crew completing some holo projection project just before they encountered a Kazon attack and were forced to abandon ship.

Each new piece of information that’s given to you throughout the episode feels like you’re getting to what actually happened, but then you’re thrown a curve ball when Reginald Barclay shows up. Yep, fan favorite dork Reginald Barclay appears. What happens next is basically Total Recall, but with Star Trek. Still, it’s a solid, fun episode and I really enjoyed the interactions between the Doctor and Barclay.

The Doctor meets Barclay

I think this is the third episode of Star Trek: Voyager that I have enjoyed. That makes three out of nineteen so far. Yikes, that’s horrendous. Most normal people would have bailed by now, but not me! I’m doing this for you!

Least Annoying Characters:

The Doctor, Barclay

Most Torturous Moment:

Neelix appearing, but it was very minor torture.

Chris Art Accuracy: 

They’re not doing much in the art from Chris, but that’s kind of what happens in the show. Lots of talking between the two characters.

Torture Score: 0 out of 5 Neelixes

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  • The show does get much much better. Even Neelix gets easier to swallow. All the new Star Trek had rough early seasons even TNG.

  • Oh lord… TNG season 1 was terrible at times.