Thursday, August 18, 2011

Star Trek: Voyager--"Revulsion"

“Revulsion” is adequate. Talk about killing with faint praise, but that is about the best I can say. What could have been a compelling exploration into the psyche of a hologram that has not achieved equal status like the Doctor is instead a generic action story with all the mystery taken out of it. On the other side, we have some mildly humorous social bonding between Harry and Seven. It is difficult to tell which of the two is more socially awkward.

Voyager receives a distress call from a sentient hologram whose crew he serves have all died. The hologram claims they contracted a virus on an away mission, but the teaser was him murdering and disposing of the bodies. We already know he is lying and is setting a trap for whoever comes to help him stabilize his program. There is no mystery to the episode.

The doctor and Torres arrive to help. Almost from the beginning, the hologram rants about how much he resents organic life. They literally imprisoned him in one room, never spoke to him socially, and worked him like a slave. Of course, that is what he is for. If it were not for a malfunction making him psychotic, there would be no problem. We already had an episode in which the Doctor faced a similar problem. Being a main character, his was reset at the end. Since this other hologram is a guest star, he gets deactivated permanently before he can murder Torres. End of problem.

The side story involves Harry working with Seven. He falls for her, so she asks if he wants to sleep with her. He refuses. The proper answer is, ’Yes, ma’am,” so the less said about the subplot the better. Harry is, I believe, a phobia regarding his own erections. But I am no psychologist.

So there you have an anemic episode. There is a promotion for took and a kiss shared between Tom and Torres to keep the episode from running short. Tom replaces Kes as the Doctor’s nurse without ever mentioning Kes’ name. that makes her sound persona non grata. The heart of the episode, such that it is, involves the Doctor being exposed to the bitter feelings of an “oppressed” hologram. The Doctor will have a story arc regarding the rights of holograms which will run towards the latter end of the series. Practically every episode involved will be far better than this one. I had no sympathy for this psychotic, creepy hologram. Considering we knew he was a murdered right off the bat, I am not certain I was ever supposed to care about his plight. So what is the point?

Rating; ** (out of 5)

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