Star Trek: Voyager

Season 1 Episode 3

Parallax

7
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 23, 1995 on UPN
8.1
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Stardate: 48439.7
As the Maquis crewmembers begin to integrate themselves into the Starfleet crew, Voyager becomes trapped in a quantum singularity.

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  • Janeway and B'Elanna bond

    7.0
    Taking the baton from TNG, VOY uses a sci fi conundrum to bring B'Elanna and Janeway closer together in the first bottle show of the series. Beneath the technobabble, it's purely a paint by numbers plot as old as the hills: people have doubts about B'Elanna, but the plot provides her a test and gives her a chance to prove herself to everyone.



    Fortunately, the story includes quite a bit of Janeway, who proves herself no dummy. A trap for plots of this kind is to suddenly have the leader appear more incompetent than usual to set the stage for the lesser character to save everyone. But here, Janeway hangs with B'Elanna each step of the way as they work through the crisis, keeping Janeway a strong character and turning a story about "earning respect" into a two way street. (Janeway also has some great moments with Chakotay, with the early part of the plot drawing him into the mix and weaving some drama out of their new working relationship).



    B'Elanna, of course, goes through all the motions of the typical TV redemption plot. It's somewhat uninspired, and the crisis itself is similar to dozens of TNG episodes, but that's not really the point of it all. It's really about establishing her character, and it does a so just fine.

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  • Parallax

    10
    Parallax was a perfect episode of Star Trek Voyager and I really enjoyed this episode because The Captain wants to fill vacant command positions through out the ship which leads CommanderChakotay to nominate B'Elanna Torres as Chief Engineer over senior officer Carey. There was lots of awesome character growth and development in the scenes about this. It was also interesting to see how well B'Elanna Torres did under pressure. I liked the science parts of the episode and it was funny how the Doctor kept shrinking. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek Voyager!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Somewhat lame start for a storyline, but great for character interaction.

    7.5
    Yes, they really didn't go to any new territory with this first actual episode (i.e. after pilot). It was the simplest of all things... an Anomaly! Why oh why? There could have been so many things to do, to really go on a fly here. However, this first episode did something awful - it made a statement, a statement saying "We are JUST another Star Trek Show".



    Now for a big fan such as myself, I didn't really care. Another Star Trek show? Great! You can never have to many of those!



    So while the storyline was predictable and the mystery not much of a mystery, the cast started to slowly figure out their character. That is beside Chakotay! My humble opinion is that this combining of the crew was too quick. They should have made that into couple of episodes, where Chakotay and Kathryn sort of realize that the only way to survive is to carry on with the Star Fleet Model of operation, and to recruit everyone.

    There are simply to many questions just left unanswered. How come all of the Maquis just willingly start working for their "enemy"? How come Chakotay just accepts this? And what about the Starfleet people that had to train and study for years to be allowed to wear the uniform? Neelix doesn't get a uniform - because he isn't Starfleet!

    The idea of doing this like this was brilliant, but having the idea executed as a footnote to the pilot was a bad idea.



    There is not much more to say about this episode, it was unremarkable, flat, but had promising touches. Mostly from Kathryn, B'Elanna, Neelix, Kes and the Doctor.moreless
  • The first broadcast of full length episode of the new series and it's a good one.

    9.5
    The first broadcast of full length episode of the new series and it's a good one.



    The A story has Voyager spotting a ship trapped in a singularity. They try to rescue the other ship but soon discover they themselves can't get away from the singularity. It's further revealed that the trapped ship is really themselves; either in the recent past or the soon to be future. This is great science fiction told with rising stakes and a great deal of menace. The B story involves Chakotay wanting Janeway to make Torres Chief Engineer over a Starfleet guy named Carey. Making that complicated for Janeway is that Torres has just broken the nose of Carey during a heated discussion.



    However, soon Janeway and Torres start bonding by engaging in a lot of techno-babble presented like a lot of "girlie geek talk." You half expect Janeway to ask Torres if Chakotay's face tattoo is real. And, it doesn't take much predicting to see that Janeway will shortly choose Torres over Carey as Chief Engineer in spite the fact that Torres' "tact" is going to require a lot of work.



    Needless to say, Janeway and Torres save Voyager. Janeway gives the job to Torres and Carey accepts it. Ultimately, some future character conflicts are maintained here as well as the opportunity to see if Janeway made the right decision and Torres can tone her aggression down.moreless
  • The second episode of Star Trek: Voyager

    10
    This was one of my favourite episodes from StarTrek. I love black holes and this was a very good episode about them. I have it on DVD. I search all the episodes for this kind of episodes. I prefer watching time travells, alternate universes and black holes. My favourite scene was when Janeway and Torres were out of the ship and they tried to figurize which is the real Voyager. The second bes scene was when they had a message which was sent by Janeway six hours in past. It was a very good thing that they have placed a paradox in this episode. I really liked it.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Nitpick: When Janesway and Torres are in the shuttle debating over which Voyager is the right one. Couldn't they just have scanned for something unique to the right Voyager (like a missing shuttle or if the ship has a half-Klingon on board)?

    • Goof: Lt. Tuvok's pips indicate a rank of Lt. Commander (two closed and one open, Lt. is two closed).

    • Nitpick: In this, her first appearance on the series, Seska is seen wearing a blue Science Division uniform. Martha Hackett stated that it was simply a costuming error.

    • Nitpick: An event horizon is the distance from the singularity at which light can no longer escape its gravity well. It is not, as stated here, an energy field or tangible barrier that can be breached or manipulated.

    • Nitpick: Janeway seems quite versed in temporal mechanics and seems to enjoy discussing it at the briefing. This is in stark contrast to the rest of the series where she often remarks how much she hates it and promised herself she'd never get involved in it.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Chakotay: She's the best engineer I've ever known. She could teach at the Academy! You're right, Captain; I do consider these to be my people because nobody else on this ship will look out for them like I will. And I'm telling you: you're going to have to give them more authority if you want their loyalty.
      Janeway: Theirs or yours, Commander?

    • Paris: Engine efficiency is down another fourteen percent. If we don't get more power to the warp drive, we're all going to have to get out and push.

    • Chakotay: If things had happened differently, and we were on the Maquis ship now instead of Voyager, would you have served under me?
      Janeway: One of the nice things about being captain is that you can keep some things to yourself.

    • Chakotay: These are the Maquis, and sometimes in the Maquis you have to push people out of your way to get things done.

    • Janeway: In command school, they taught us to always remember that maneuvering a starship is a very delicate process, but over the years I've learned that sometimes you just have to punch your way through.

    • Carey: Remember, I am the senior officer. I speak for engineering. Try not to say anything unless someone asks you a question. (walks away)
      Seska: (to Torres) You should have broken more than his nose.

    • B'Elanna: The problem was a system that didn't give anyone a chance to breathe.
      Janeway: We work under that same system on this ship.

    • Chakotay: (to Janeway) I have no intention of being your token Maquis officer.

    • Janeway: You don't understand, Commander. This isn't about Torres. My problem is with you.
      Chakotay: Me?

    • B'Elanna: (in the brig) So how long do I have to stay in here?
      Chakotay: Rest of the trip, 75 years.

    • B'Elanna: I'll try not to break their noses.

    • Neelix: I can do lots of interesting things with vegetables!

    • Chakotay: On the one side I have a Vulcan who wants to court martial you, on the other I have half the Maquis ready to mutiny over this. You've made this into one lousy day for me, Torres!

  • NOTES (2)

    • The episode had the working title "Deep Time".

    • The Emergency Medical Holographic Channel (on which Janeway speaks to the Doctor from her ready room) is monitor input 47.


      Writer Joe Menosky (and thosehe inspired)began including references to the number 47 in almost every episode of Star Trek since season four of The Next Generation. It is an in-joke, referring to The 47 Society at Pomona College in California, which Menosky attended.

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