Star Trek: Voyager

Season 3 Episode 4

The Swarm

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 25, 1996 on UPN

Episode Fan Reviews (5)

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  • A good episode ruined by a rushed, technobabble ending.

    There are two separate plotlines in this episode, both of importance.

    The main story arc is Voyager crossing the space of an unknown species, of which little is known. They're creepy and mysterious, which is more than can be said for most races introduced in the show. The UT failing to identify the language was a nice touch (too bad they kind of bailed on that at the end, too). Things had just gotten interesting when Janeway uttered some gibberish about polaron fields, and suddenly the threat was over in 15 seconds. I'm sorry you're running out of time, but putting a sign up to the screen that says "everything turned out ok" doesn't count as writing.

    The second plotline is the degrading of the doctor's memory circuits, which is tough to deal with. He's an awesome character - a real bright spot amongst an extremely predictable lineup. At the end, it's not clear if he's ok, but I assumee he is. It'd be a major blow to have the reset button used on him.