Star Trek: Voyager

Season 6 Episode 10

Pathfinder

5
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 01, 1999 on UPN
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  • People seem to forget--"A very special episode" is a perjorative...

    7.2
    To those who came after the 80s fad, "Very Special Episodes" were often preachy, heavy-handed attempts to cash in on current crises. The most famous (or infamous) of these was Nancy Reagan's appearance on "Diff'rent Strokes" to tell kids to "just say no" to drugs. How'd that work out?

    The two new characters in this episode are ancillary characters from The Next Generation: Counsellor Troi, long since liberated from that awful hair-bun and accent, and Reg Barclay, who actually was an interesting and funny presence on TNG--an exceedingly rare phenomenon (remember when he became superintelligent?). Barclay has become obsessed with Voyager and has a plan to come into contact with it. His superiors think he's relapsed into his holo-addiction and has lost all perspective. All well and good, but when you think about it, the higher-ups do have a point--here's a guy who hasn't unpacked since moving into his apartment two years earlier--he's not exactly the poster boy for normality. Of course, the contact does eventually occur, and the orchestra swells when it does...

    Okay, it is sort of nice to know that the Voyager finally can talk to Earth. But, as with most Voyager things, it's just too darned easy. At this point during Deep Space Nine, Odo and Kira were sharing their first kiss, but that was the culmination of dozens of shows dealing with hidden feelings and unheard declarations, unseen agony and desperation. With Voyager, it's just all in a day's work.
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