Summary: Beowulf holodeck program goes awry. Doctor saves the day.
I was about to type that Kim has made a habit of being transported tons of light years away from the rest of the crew lately. As the computer tells us that he’s not on board the ship. But.. looks like it’s time for a holodeck malfunction instead.
Hey, this isn’t a Q ep is it? There’s no Q pun in the title, so I suppose not. But, still, that’d be cool if it was.
Beowulf. That’s not good.
“Hair straight and raven black. Eyes bright with fierce fire. The burning gaze of a hero.” This qualifies as a description of Kim? I suppose if everyone else is blond.. but how would Tuvok know that was the case?
It just occurred to me that the holodeck lets the writers play with Earth history, Earth stories. (Yea, revelation that, right?) But apparently this is a driving need in them. Because if not for the holodeck, they’d be doing it on alien planets. Nazi planets and the like. Parallel development, which is ridiculous. Or ones where some Federation person went in and got the whole planet recreating human history. Also ridiculous. Or ones where telepathic aliens create a world the humans are familiar with. Or Q plays with them. Etc, etc.
And it all gets really ridiculous. At least the holodeck isn’t so ridiculous. Except that it keeps malfunctioning, because otherwise you have no dramatic tension when they can just ‘end program’ at any time, and they won’t get hurt, and etc and etc.
And of course I had to think of Doctor Who, where the writers get to play with Earth history and Earth stories all the time, by means of time travel. Which is natural and like.. roughly half the episodes.
So is Star Trek desperate to be like Doctor Who? Or are the two shows just expressing that innate need of the writers to.. play with Earth history?
(Though you wonder why Star Trek’s time travel almost always puts them in the US in the current time period of the show… like Dr. Who actually.. but, like, they never play with it more than that. If they want Nazis, they go put them on another planet.)
Anyway, I bet you Stargate does this too and I’ve never watched enough of it to say.
But back to the episode.. *unpause*
With how often the holodeck malfunctions, you’d think Voyager would have like extra, backup, backup, backup emergency failsafe KILL THE POWER TO THE HOLODECK things built in.
The holodecks are an outgrowth of transporter technology? Doesn’t that just make you feel safe? The transporters never have weird problems at all..
Makes me wonder why replicators don’t kill people more often.
Kes is dressed like a creamsicle. Which maybe I only thought of because I just ate some orange sherbet/vanilla ice cream. Which didn’t taste as much like a creamsicle as it should’ve, frankly.
Well, there’s a dark-haired guy. Granted his hair isn’t straight, and not raven black.
That was a really short bit before the next set of commercials. Jeesh.
I am warming to Janeway. She gets so excited by technology, new scientific discoveries, and just new knowledge in general. She embodies the best part of Starfleet that way.