Star Trek: Voyager

Season 5 Episode 20

Think Tank

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 31, 1999 on UPN

Episode Fan Reviews (6)

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    I can't believe I'm having to write this review again, FOR THE THIRD TIME... I just wrote it and it disappeared! Anyways I'm giving this a ten not because it is but because that guy who gave it a 3 is way wrong. This is one of the best, it was very creative and believable for what it was, had cool non humanoid beings and Jason Alexander acted so well and unlike his other typical character I wasn't even thinking of him in Seinfeld except at the beginning.
  • Simply dreadful…

    There's a horrendously impossible plot here about a group of extremely smart aliens (the Think Tank) who go about solving complicated problems for others…for a fee, of course. And, the fee could be as simple as the recipe for soup. Of course, in this case, they want Janeway to turn Seven over to them.

    Couple that with some of cheesiest set designs and "alien make-up" of the entire series and you've got an episode which really asks you to suspend too much belief.

    Start with casting Jason Alexander (Kurros) as the only humanoid member of the Think Tank. He's a great comedian and that should be a tip off not to take anything seriously here. The other members of the Think Tank didn't require a trip to central casting. One looks like a mop floating in a big test tube. Another is just a moaning shadow in a window (somewhat reminiscent of something Ed Wood would do). The third is an "artificial intelligence" which looks like a cross between a floor lamp and a stereo speaker.

    The basic plot involves a group of bounty hunters called the Hazari. These guys were hired by someone to capture Voyager. Business must be pretty good because they got a lot of ships. Too many for Voyager to evade or outrun. Enter the Think Tank to calculate the best means for Janeway to escape, provided she gives up Seven. The reason they want Seven is never adequately explained. Needless to say, the Think Tank were the ones who hired the Hazari in the first place. Janeway learns of this and works with the Hazari to foil the plan of the Think Tank while letting Voyager go along its way with Seven. In a nutshell, Kurros, worried about any Janeway subterfuge, has Seven link with the floor lamp/stereo speaker which in turns allows Voyager to take over the Think Tank's ship remotely, lower its shields, and let the Hazari attack them while Voyager speeds past the whole mess.

    Jump through all those plot hoops, get past the cheesy sets and aliens, and you still end up wondering if anything meaningful was gained by watching this episode.
  • Think Tank


    Think Tank was a superb episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode. It was great to see Jason Alexander as the alien Kurros. This was a fun episode with a great story, superb acting, and some character development. I liked the concept of the Think Tank, and their ship was pretty cool too. Captain Janeway proves her cunning and comes up with a great plan. I always enjoy watching the crew in action in episodes like this. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!

  • Voyager approaches a strange planetoid. All of the sudden, the planetoid explodes leaving nothing but methion gas. Now Voyager is approach by a Hazari ship. The Hazari are notorious for being bounty hunters. The Hazari wants Voyager for another client.

    Voyager approaches a strange planetoid. All of the sudden, the planetoid explodes leaving nothing but methion gas. Now Voyager is approach by a Hazari ship. The Hazari are notorious for being bounty hunters. The Hazari wants Voyager for another client. Janeway is not about to give her ship up. A man named Kurros shows up aboard Voyager. He offers to help, but it will cost Voyager a price. Kurros wants Seven of Nine. Kurros is a member of a ship Janeway refers to as the think tank. We later find out this is a no win situation.
  • Jason Alexander’s motley crew of geniuses offer to help Voyager solve an incredibly obvious plot twist in exchange for some technology, one of Neelix’ recipes and Seven of Nine!

    This episode is one of the better episodes of the season despite the fact that the Voyager crew is grossly underutilized to instead give Jason Alexander as Mr. Kurros a hefty amount of screen time. This can be expected with a guest star of his fame and ego.

    I must take issue with the fact that Voyager came into contact with a “Think Tank” whose only goal is the collection of knowledge apparently, and no matter the Think Tank’s true intent, Janeway didn’t even consider the possibility of contracting the group to find them a way back to Federation space! Even at the end when Voyager evidently had the Think Tank at their mercy, they just left to resume course back to Earth! That doesn’t make sense to me because they could’ve demanded that they get home before paying their tab and then just stiffed the Think Tank crew if they didn’t want to give Seven up. Janeway was a little more concerned with seeing the Think Tank crew get what she thought they deserved rather than serving Voyager’s best interest: particularly anything but vengeance.

    “Think Tank” also provides a perfect example of how generally underutilized Chakotay is. Toward the beginning, Astrometrics comes up with data on the Hazari in that sector and Chakotay tells the crewmen in astrometrics to send their data to the Captain because she wanted to work on the problem on her own. This to me begs the question, “What about Chakotay’s leadership and battle experience in the Maquis?”. Why would Janeway feel compelled to tackle the problem all by herself instead of, oh, I don’t know… including the second in command in command decisions?! This kind of treatment toward Chakotay just serves to reinforce my belief that the Voyager crew disrespects their Number One. Frankly, I don’t care what the true reason is for treating the character so poorly. Whether it’s the result of Beltran’s bad-mouthing, the studio calling for more sex appeal or anything else. There’s no excuse for it.

    Despite the issues that I had with the episode, it was enjoyable to watch and it was well acted. The characters and situation were well developed though I accurately guessed the third act plot twist at the beginning of the episode. I can't give it any kudos for that kind of predictability in what was otherwise an interesting story. I wouldn’t say it was anywhere close to being one of the best episodes in all of Star Trek, but it was an entertaining episode.
  • The best episode in season 5, the most original in Voyager, and one of the classics in all of Star Trek. Superb from every point of view.


    *** The idea of a "think tank" is simply marvellous. It develops the interesting but ultimately weak idea of Saul Rubinek's collector who wanted Data in TNG's "The Collector," but this is much more interesting.
    *** Like with Kashik, once again Janeway outwits a far superior opponent, and does so with flare and grace. Great part for the captain (which balances some really awful episodes she's had).
    *** Alexander is quite effective as Kurros. Creepy and yet realistic role. The rest of the think tank is also quite exciting.
    *** Overall, the episode has great pacing and never feels drawn out. Good acting, great action, good psychology--and one of those ending scenes that leave you "OMG!"


    *** I can't honestly find many faults with this episode. The think tank's technology is a little inconsistent at times... you'd imagine they'd be even more powerful than they seem to be... but this is a detail. On the conceptual level the episode works fine, and it's technically impeccable, too.
    *** Not much of a role for other characters.