Star Trek: Voyager

Season 2 Episode 8

Persistence Of Vision

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 1995 on UPN

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  • Janeway goes crazy

    Janeway's Gothic holonovel is back one last time, continuing from where it left off in "Learning Curve", but this time it works its way into the surreal plot. A ship-based bottle-show, the Janeway episode makes up for its lack of new visuals with a plethora of characters, including Janeway's husband, Tuvok's wife, and Paris's father. (Someone must like their hair, too, since the episode was nominated for an Emmy in that category).

    While the episode uses the ensemble well, it's Janeway who's the center of attention the first few acts, simultaneously allowing Kate Mulgrew to show them youngins how it's done while taking on more importance than if it were about a lesser character. Unfortunately, the uneven script abandons Janeway near the end in favor of using Kes for a vague, underwritten conclusion. It's well played by Jennifer Lien, but with Kes in the background for most of the episode, it doesn't feel right to have her in control of the climax.

    Sadly, Janeway's gothic adventure, a brilliantly textured idea, never returns for a resolution. (When the series first aired, there were many fans that objected to the notion, misunderstanding it to be Janeway's secret fantasy and finding it puzzling). Happily, the series doesn't discard the concept altogether though, including other holonovels in future episodes.

  • hairdo matches the fantasy

    That akward moment when the producers realize that their futuristic Captain has a hairdo that does not need to be altered to fit her ancient Victorian Nanny holodeck program.

    Surely, this episode was inspired by Janeways' old fashion up-do. For sure.

  • Can I Have That 42 Minutes Back

    Kes and the Doctor! The two worst characters of the entire series and we get to deal with them in prominence in the episode. The entire crew start to hallucinate about their inner demons and its up to the two of them to figure out why and stop it from happening. Of course it's being done by an alien and of course they can fix it easily once they know what is taking place. is just a so so episode with two very annoying characters.
  • Persistence Of Vision


    Persistence Of Vision was a great episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I enjoyed watching this episode because there was a good story that turned out to be unexpected. It was fun to see Captain Janeway get sent to her quarters by The Doctor. The crew members all started to succumb to hallucinations after some alien ships circled around Voyager. It was neat to see each persons vision. Thank goodness Tess was on board. This episode illustrates some of the reasoning behind previous character building through out the series. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!!

  • With the exception of the Doctor and Kes, the crew begins seeing important people from their pasts and enter into a catatonic state, allowing an alien to begin to take over the ship. He does not count on the doctor and the strength of Kes to stop him.

    Janeway's holodeck program is a disappointment. As captain, she should be entertaining herself with something more worthy than being a nanny to two spoiled brats of the Victorian era. She is nothing more than a servant, and thank goodness the writers abandoned this disastrous plot. Working with the Maestro, Da Vinci, was far more suited to her personality, and she had great adventures with him. Her delusions and catatonic state are a prelude to the eventual Dear "Jane" letter she later receives from fiance Mark. The story is merely a filler, as we wait for the coming battles with the Borg, the Hirogen and other species. The alien is not worthy of his "victories" as he does not play by sporting rules.
  • The engineering team is working on adding hologram emitters to key areas in the ship. They proceed to initiate the doctor’s program in engineering. Well, the doctor shows up a little short. He is agitated.

    The engineering team is working on adding hologram emitters to key areas in the ship. They proceed to initiate the doctor’s program in engineering. Well, the doctor shows up a little short. He is agitated. He orders Janeway to go to the holodeck for some R&R. Janeway does this. She is contacted from the bridge. The “Voyager” is contacted by a Bothan representative. The crew begins experiencing hallucinations. It seems the Bothan people have the ability to seduce others. This is not good. What if they take over the ship? The Doctor and Kes try to save the ship.
  • Actually, the Bothan looked more like a Dresselian. LOL!

    Seriously, though: this was a great piece of psycho-drama. The best since that TNG episode, where the Enterprise-C was stuck in a Tyken's Rift, and everyone was losing the ability to REM-sleep.

    Here, it's the reverse. Everyone is becoming entranced by the mental images of people they'd most like to see! Even logical Tuvok, who evidently misses his wife more than he lets on.

    In the end, however, the trap is exposed and everyone awakens. It would have been nice to see a second encounter with that "Bothan," if only to answer certain questions.

    For instance: could he actually have belonged to an offshoot of that other narcoleptic species, encountered roughly two seasons later? Or, what?
  • Holodeck objects and characters begin to mysteriously appear around the ship. What's going on?

    Janeway starts seeing objects and characters from her holodeck program around the ship. With engineering working on a way to project the doctor to various parts of the ship outside sickbay, could this be an erroneous result? Soon, others start succumbing to the strange hallucinations, and Kes and the Doctor seem to be the only ones who are immune to the effects. With the crew incapacitated and the ship in a precarious position, it is up to them to free everyone from the delusions and take back the ship. Although this is a standard "filler episode", it does add further character development to the series.