In the seventeenth episode of the second season ofÂ Voyager, a mistake from Bâ€™Elannaâ€™s past somehow ends up in the Delta Quadrant. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watchÂ Voyager.Â
This was a fun episode, and yâ€™all know that I loveÂ anythingÂ focusing on Bâ€™Elanna. MORE Bâ€™ELANNA ALL THE TIME. Well, I should say it was a fun episode until it was A VERY STRESSFUL episode, but letâ€™s be real: the whole thing rules because Bâ€™Elanna rules.
First of all, let us acknowledge what a BADASS she is for sabotaging a Cardassian missile and then reprograming it to be the literal best weapon the Maquis probably ever had. However, the conflict that arises from this is so fascinating! Bâ€™Elanna more or less has to fight her own mind once theÂ DreadnoughtÂ misidentifies a target after REFUSING TO BELIEVE IT IS IN THE DELTA QUADRANT. Thus, all the failsafes that Bâ€™Elanna devised are now obstacles preventing her from stopping the decimation of a random civilization.
Yet aside from the logistical nightmare that this represents, itâ€™s a very personal conflict for Bâ€™Elanna. On the one hand, theÂ DreadnoughtÂ represents a time when she bitterly disappointed Chakotay by making a crucial decision without consulting him. While the two of them have certainly built up a strong relationship in the time since, that doesnâ€™t make the reappearance of that mistake feel any better. Of course, the even bigger issue here is that Bâ€™Elanna had, most likely, dealt with the guilt and shame she felt after betraying Chakotayâ€™s trust. And now, theÂ DreadnaughtÂ might hurtÂ VoyagerÂ or the random planet it targeted. How could Bâ€™Elanna live with making a mistake likeÂ that?
So thereâ€™s an emotional intensity here that exists alongside the logistical intensity. Itâ€™s scary watching theÂ DreadnaughtÂ computerÂ shut down every attempt that Bâ€™Elanna makes at disarming the missile itself. But itâ€™s also distressing because you can see her guilt and terror building up as she fails each round, as sheâ€™s tricked by her own cleverness, as she must cope with the fact that she programmed this computer to be ruthless and suspicious andÂ adaptive.
Itâ€™s entertaining, for sure. Thereâ€™s a lot of other stuff here, too, like Tuvokâ€™s dedication to Janeway. GIVE ME MORE OF IT, AS WELL. Janeway herself plays a fantastic role in this story because she has to contend with the fact that theÂ VoyagerÂ still has a reputation for violence within the Delta Quadrant. Itâ€™s not exactly comforting to the aliens that are dealing with the oncomingÂ DreadnoughtÂ that Janeway states she has good intentions. What does that mean to them when thereâ€™s a LITERAL WARHEAD about to hit their planet??? So, she has to demonstrate that she is acting in good faith, and Janeway, being the INCREDIBLE SOUL THAT SHE IS, goes above and beyond what is expected of her. She was willing to sacrifice herself andÂ VoyagerÂ in order to save two million lives. JANEWAY FOR PRESIDENT.
So when is Jonas going to be ejected into space? Heâ€™s awful and heâ€™s been getting away with his sharing of information for weeks now. Heâ€™s doing it out of spite, isnâ€™t it? Like, what possible benefit will he get from being a mole??? I donâ€™t really understand him, but the show isnâ€™t giving me much to work with, you know?
Anyway, this was a solid episode that kept me on the edge of my seat. Bravo!
The video for â€œDreadnoughtâ€ can be downloadedÂ here for $0.99.
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