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Babylon 5.1
by Rick Norwood

Here are episode guides to the most recent season for Star Trek: 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
| The X-Files | Star Trek: Voyager |
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

Star Trek: Voyager will also be back next season, but that will definitely be the last season for Star Trek: Voyager. At the end of next season, the entire crew of Voyager will die of old age, leaving Naomi Wildman as the only person to make it back from the Delta Quadrant. No, just kidding. Everybody makes it home and we have a happy ending.

There is no point in assigning star ratings to this season's episodes. All were good. None were great. Ron Moore wrote just two, and then left, because of "creative differences" with Brannon Braga. What a shame. Of the other top writers from Deep Space Nine, no news. I can only hope they were working on the new Star Trek series.

Now that Moore and Braga have a smash hit in Mission Impossible II (***) they may both leave television for movies. On the other hand, scripts by Moore and Braga have always made sense, and so John Woo had to hire Robert Towne, once a great writer, to make sure that MI2 stopped making sense. I can imagine Woo's instructions to Towne. "Take out all of the plot logic and characterization, and put in some sexist one-liners, and we'll have a smash hit."

Just assume that all of the following episodes are hovering somewhere between two and three stars, and you won't be far wrong. The special effects were very good. The addition of the Borg children to the plot was a step in the right direction. The intention is clearly to produce intelligent science fiction. The only thing missing is the spark of genius that Deep Space Nine, TNG, and the original Star Trek all had, at their best. With Star Trek: Voyager the only Trek in town, ratings were up. The most memorable episodes were the two Reg Barclay stories.

Equinox (part II), by Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, and Joe Menosky
The crew of the Equinox will stop at nothing to return to the Alpha Quadrant.

Survival Instinct, by Ron Moore
Seven of Nine confronts three Borg from her past.

Barge of the Dead, by Ron Moore and Bryan Fuller
B'Elanna Torres rediscovers Klingon religion.

Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy, by Bill Vallely and Joe Menosky
The Doctor daydreams.

Alice, by Juliann deLayne, Brian Fuller, and Michael Taylor
Alice is a sentient space shuttle who seduces Tom Paris.

Riddles, by Andre Bormanis and Robert Doherty
Tuvok looses his intelligence. Neelix nurses him back to health.

Dragon's Teeth, by Michael Taylor
Alien masters of the subspace corridors.

One Small Step, by Mike Wollaeger and Jessica Scott
Voyager encounters a spacecraft from an early Mars mission.

The Voyager Conspiracy, by Joe Menosky
Seven revisits Voyager's history, and decides that the truth is out there.

Pathfinder, by David Zabel
Reg Barclay becomes obsessed with Voyager.

Fair Haven, Robin Burger
Janeway falls in love with a hologram.

Blink of an Eye, by Scott Miller, Michael Taylor, and Joe Menosky
On an alien world, time passes much faster than it does on Voyager.

Virtuoso, by Raf Green and Kenneth Biller
The Doctor becomes a Rock Star.

Memorial, Brannon Braga and Robin Burger
The Voyager crew is caught up in an alien memorial to a massacre.

Tsunkatse, by Robert Doherty
Voyager meets the World Wrestling Federation.

Collective, by Andrew Shepard Price and Mark Gaberman
Borg children.

Spirit Folk, by Brian Fuller
Fair Haven discovers Voyager.

Ashes to Ashes, by Ronald Wilderson and Robert Doherty
A dead crew-woman returns to Voyager.

Child's Play, Paul Brown and Raf Green
One of the Borg children is reunited with his parents.

Good Shepherd, by Dianna Gitto and Joe Menosky
Janeway takes three misfit Voyager crewmen under her wing.

Live Fast and Prosper, by Robin Burger
Con artists impersonate the Voyager crew.

Muse, by Joe Menosky
B'Elanna Torres becomes an actress.

Fury, by Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, Brian Fuller, and Michael Taylor
The return of Kes.

Life Line, by John Bruno, Robert Picardo, Robert Doherty, Raf Green, and Brannon Braga
Reg Barclay brings The Doctor to meet his creator.

The Haunting of Deck Twelve, by Mike Sussman, Kenneth Biller, and Brian Fuller
Neelix tells the Borg children a horror story.

Unimatrix Zero (part one of two), Mike Sussman, Brannon Braga, and Joe Menosky
Janeway helps a Borg rebellion.


Episode Guides
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Copyright © 2000 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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