The new series takes a decided tumble with this convoluted mess of an episode…
Hard to believe but after a great opening and three great shows, they serve up this rather horrid story. It's simply impossible to tell what they were trying to do.
On a plot level, Voyager encounters a nebula which might allow them to collect energy. However, it turns out to be a "space creature" of some kind and they've damaged it. It's bleeding. They have to go back and fix it. Voyager itself has maneuver around in order to be its band aid. It's painfully ridiculous.
In between the bad plot elements, character development seems to be going by. But, it's terribly inconsistent. Janeway begins by wanting to be more accessible to her crew. Then she wants Chakotay to help her find an animal guide. This is part of Chakotay's Native American belief but it seems very contrived and they end up dropping the whole thing. Neelix starts acting out and yells at Janeway to let him off the ship. Despite Janeway's wanting to be more accessible, she tells him he is dismissed which is Starfleet speak for "get out." Meanwhile, Paris wakes Kim up so they can go to a halodeck bar and hang out with some marginal people. By the time the episode winds up, you can't help but wonder how many faces these characters really wear and which ones we can expect to see/like in the future.