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by Rick Norwood

Here are episode guides to the most recent season for Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and The X-Files. For episode guides to earlier seasons, I recommend The Sci-Fi Channel Encyclopedia of TV Science Fiction by Roger Fulton and John Betancourt.


Episode Guides
| Deep Space Nine | Voyager | The X-Files |
SF Site Review: The Sci-Fi Channel Encyclopedia of TV Science Fiction
 

Star Trek: Voyager -- Episode Guide
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Ratings
Ratings are based on a four star system.
One star means that the commercials are more entertaining than the program.
Two stars watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars is good solid entertainment.
Four stars means you never dreamed television could be this good.

Star Trek: Voyager

The fifth season of Voyager continued to limp its slow way home from the Delta Quadrant. There doesn't seem to be any point in giving "star" ratings to individual episodes, they were all worth two stars, or at best a weak three, a notch above most tv science fiction, but far weaker than Deep Space Nine. My favorite episode was "Think Tank," by Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, and Joe Menosky. Also a must see for fans of old movie serials was "Bride of Chaotica," by Bryan Fuller and Michael Taylor, a dead-on send up of the Buster Crabbe Flash Gordon serials, deserving of a special award for costumes and set design that exactly mimic the cheesy look of the original, filmed in black and white. The aliens in 30s suits and hats are perfect. But far too many Voyager episodes this season were holodeck fantasies, alternate realities, or time travel stories that unhappen. The only memorable supporting character is Naomi Wildman. Most of the shows had several writers. Brannon Braga wrote or co-wrote eleven of the twenty-six episodes. Michael Taylor wrote or co-wrote nine. Joe Menoski wrote or co-wrote eight. Rick Berman only appears in the credits as a writer on three episodes, but he almost certainly had a large impact in guiding Voyager. The good news is that the best of the DS9 writers will be writing for Voyager next season.

Night by Brannon Braga
Voyager travels through a huge void.

Drone, by Bryan Fuller
The Doctor's mobile emitter fuses with Seven of Nine's nanoprobes to create a Superborg.

Extreme Risk, by Michael Taylor and Kenneth Biller
Torres deliberately engages in risky behavior.

In the Flesh, by Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky
Species 8472 builds an exact replica of Starfleet Headquarters.

Once Upon a Time, by Nicholas Sagan
Naomi Wildman plays in a children's holoadventure that proves that live action children's television is just as bad in the 24th and a half century as it is today.

Timeless, by Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, and Joe Menosky
Future versions of Chakotay and Kim work to make this episode unhappen.

Infinite Regress, by Robert J. Doherty and Jimmy Diggs
Seven of Nine develops multiple personalities, including a Klingon and a Ferengi.

Nothing Human, by Jeri Taylor
A Cardassian holodoctor presents The Doctor with a moral dilemma, in this well written episode.

Thirty Days, by Scott Miller and Kenneth Biller
Voyager discovers a planet composed entirely of water.

Counterpoint, by Michael Taylor
Voyager tries to save telepaths from the ships of the Devore Imperium, where telepathy is illegal.

Latent Image, by Eileen Conners and Joe Menosky
The Doctor discovers that his memory has been tampered with.

Bride of Chaotica, by Brian Fuller and Michael Taylor
Arachnia, Queen of the Spider People, helps Captain Proton save Voyager from aliens from the Fifth Dimension.

Gravity, by Jimmy Diggs, Brian Fuller, and Nicholas Sagan
Tuvok, Paris, and The Doctor crash on a dangerous planet, where Tuvok passes up a chance for love. Not a logical move, since his next Pon Far is at most two years away.

Bliss, by Bill Prady and Robert J. Doherty
Voyager encounters a space captain hunting a great white space whale. Well, not exactly, but close enough. The space whale deludes the crew of Voyager into thinking they are going home.

Dark Frontier, Part One of Two, by Terry Windell, Brannon Braga, and Joe Menosky
The Borg Queen takes an interest in Seven of Nine.

Dark Frontier, Part Two of Two, by Terry Windell, Brannon Braga, and Joe Menosky

The Disease, by Kenneth Billar and Michael Taylor
Harry Kim disobeys orders and makes love to an alien woman on a generation starship.

Course -- Oblivion, by Brian Fuller and Nicholas Sagan
Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres marry -- but all is not as it seems.

The Fight, by Michael Taylor and Joe Menoski
Chakotay challenges the Delta Quadrant's boxing champion, Kid Chaos, to a match. Wouldn't aliens from the Alpha Quadrant divide up the galaxy differently from the Federation, and think of their own quadrant as the Alpha Quadrant?

Think Tank, by Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, and Michael Taylor
Some interesting aliens offer to help Voyager out of a jam, but their price is Seven of Nine.

Juggernaut, by Brian Fuller and Nicholas Sagan
Lt. Torres leads an away team onto a radiation drenched Malon freighter.

Someone to Watch Over Me, by Brannon Braga, Nicholas Sagan, and Kenneth Biller
The Doctor teaches Seven of Nine how to dance, in one of the better, character driven episodes.

11.59, by Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky
The story of what really happened to Janeway's remote ancestor, Shannon O'Donnel on New Year's Eve, 1999.

Reletivity, by Nicholas Sagan, Brian Fuller, and Michael Taylor
An entertaining time travel episode that visits various moments in Voyager's history, including the day Voyager left space dock.

Warhead, by Brannon Braga, Michael Taylor, and Kenneth Biller
In an episode reminiscent of the film Dark Star, but not as funny, Voyager beams aboard a sentient bomb determined to explode.

Equinox, Part One of Two, by Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, and Joe Menosky
In the season cliffhanger, a Federation ship trapped in the Delta Quadrant ignores the Prime Directive.


Episode Guides
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Copyright © 1999 by Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon.


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