Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Subj: Re: Episodes that don't work...(Some bad and good ones from season 4 of DS9)...
Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 at 08:53:42 pm CST (Viewed 273 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Episodes that don't work...(Some bad and good ones from season 4 of DS9)...
Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 at 06:40:11 pm CST (Viewed 272 times)

    My problem with the Voyager finale is that time travel can open too big a can of worms when you use it for personal reasons. It's better used by accident. Even using it purposefully like in Star Trek IV they are just trying to save the present, not change history. Certainly not their personal history. Seriously, if it's that easy to time travel why didn't Kirk go back and save David? It becomes something that elimates any sort of dramatic consequenes. If future Janeway can travel back to correct an event in her own life, why not prevent Voyager from being taken by the Caretaker in the first place? Why not save Kes who was also like a daughter to her? Why not go back one more week than she did and save poor Joe Kelly who after 7 years died in the second-to-last episode? If you start picking and choosing who lives and dies it kind of deflates the dramatic tension.

There's no question that time travel opens a can of worms. And since Harry Kim was chasing after Janeway to prevent her from doing it, no one at Starfleet would have approved of what Janeway was doing. But, that's what made it a good episode. She was going to save Seven and Tuvok, and to Hell with the consequences. Now, I understand if that rubs some people the wrong way, but to me, it humanized Janeway. Kirk would've done it(in fact, since he broke Starfleet rules, and went to rescue Spock in the Search For Spock, it's a cinch Kirk would've done exactly what Janeway did). I don't think it deflates the dramatic tension when Janeway decides to rescue those she loves most. It makes it more dramatic, and more of an emotional impact.

    And Seven's parents apparently were studying the Borg even before "Q Who?" It made no sense.

Agreed. That made no sense at all. But, then, wasn't TNG a little convoluted about the Borg? In the first season episode, The Neutral Zone, wasn't it implied that the Borg were responsible for the disappearance of Romulan and Federation bases? That was the impression I got. And with trans-warp technology, the Borg could have been operating in the Alpha Quadrant for some time. It's more than a little confusing.

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