Summary: Neelix meets up with an old friend and they lie, cheat, steal, kill, and lie some more. And I don’t think he ever did get that map.
“Fair Trade” — so this must be an episode about coffee. Or Ferengi. Or Ferengi coffee.
Why does Neelix want to be a security officer? Other than his crush on Tuvok.
Male Vulcan. I make note of, in case it becomes important (read: is contradicted) later. Although he got a name and a line, so it’s possible he’s a traitor or a goner in the very near future.
Okay, now, I guess I was going to assume that ‘gagh’ was a specific kind of worm. One which you’d think Voyager would’ve been unlikely to carry with them. Hey.. could you replicate one and them let it reproduce (probably ‘bisexually’)? Or can you never replicate it live, so gagh could never be served authentically from a replicator? Or does ‘gagh’ just apply to like.. most any kind of edible worm? And you’d think Neelix would’ve been on the ship long enough to know that most of the crew does not enjoy eating worms, live or otherwise.
Moving on from the gagh…
Now, Neelix being interested in engineering makes more sense to me than security. It could come in useful to him later. If even teaching him that stuff doesn’t violate the Prime Directive!
Now is this a case of Neelix being flaky and deciding he wants to learn everything because he can’t make up his mind? Or because he wants to be a Renaissance Man? Or because he’s been taken over by an alien entity that wants to learn all it can so it can sabotage the ship?
Yay for Torres being called sir by the Vulcan ensign.
How is Neelix intoning ‘I believe this is the region of space known as the Nekrit Expanse’ a good place to cut the scene and go to credits? It’s not like he called it ‘the region of space known as the DUST CLOUDS OF DOOM’.
Janeway: What can you tell us about this expanse, Mr. Neelix?
Neelix: It’s a vast territory.
Way to go, Neelix.
Oh, I think I see what’s going on. Neelix has finally reached the limit of his knowledge about the Delta Quadrant. Now that the snail of a ship has finally gone out where he hasn’t gone before. So now he’s angsting he’ll no longer be useful on the ship. Even though he’s the cook, and Kes is vital to the doctor. And he should know everyone well enough by now to know they’re not going to just dump a friend off on a nearby planet.
Paris: Pleasant fellow.
He’s obligated to say that whenever they meet someone abrupt.
Angst, angst, angst.
So is this Wix guy going to try to get Neelix’s job? Hey, just knock him out and swap places with him, they won’t know. Talaxians all look alike.
I wonder if by the end of this, Neelix ends up losing his ship to this guy. After he gets everyone in trouble first, of course.
Blah blah, Wix lied, he can’t be trusted. Stupid, Neelix. Blah blah blah.
Neelix is not at all equipped to handle emotional blackmail.
You really think Janeway would be surprised you were a contraband smuggler, Neelix? Really?
Good thing Troi isn’t on this ship. She would’ve known Neelix was guilty right away, and the rest of the episode would’ve been a non-starter.
Wait, wait, what? They don’t know that Neelix took a shuttle?
Never in any of this has Neelix said one thing about Kes. Like, how stealing warp plasma would put Kes’s position on the ship at risk. Or, like, how Kes would be horrified at everything Neelix is doing.
Instead of labelling the shipping containers with um.. labels, why are you not using RFID chips or something? You should be able to just scan all the containers until you find the one you want. Or tell your PADD which one you want and it would display which one it was.
Glad they had this heartfelt talk, Paris and Neelix. Lying is bad, mmkay? Don’t do it, mmkay?
I’m sorry, what’s so bad about a cryostatic prison? One-way trip to the future! Wix seems to have no friends or family. He might as well serve his prison time and then wait for the regime change and hope he does better when he gets out.
Bah, are you seriously still trusting him, Neelix? What a dope!
Neelix wakes up in sickbay. It was all a dream. And you were there, and you. But Kes wasn’t. What happened to her anyway?
Oh, look, she showed up for one line. And now Neelix is in troouuuuble.
Imagine, Neelix, if you’d just had that conversation with her (or better yet, with Chakotay) an hour ago, you could’ve saved us all a lot of stupidity and angst.