[VOY] Threshold

[VOY] Season 2, Episode 15 (Netflix: S2 E15): Threshold

Threshold

Rating: 1

A lot of people are really hard on this episode just because it’s really stupid. Some even talk about it like it’s the worst Star Trek ever made. I think it has a few things going for it. For example, there are so many things wrong about it, that it’s almost like a game for people to find them all. Also, the Doctor has a few funny parts. The concept of infinite velocity is also something that could be interesting, although it isn’t dealt with in a good way. All of these things aren’t enough to pull it past a 1 rating. I mean, come on. Perhaps the worst part about this episode is it sets the precedent in Star Trek that if people go warp ten, they turn into salamanders.

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Notes:

They've been doing simulated flights for trying to break the warp 10 barrier

They’ve been doing simulated flights for trying to break the warp ten barrier. They needed to take a break because it’s really hard

Kim: "If Voyager achieved warp ten, we could be home in as long as it takes to push a button."  SPOILER: They won't reach home in as long as it takes to push a button in this episode

Kim: “If Voyager achieved warp ten, we could be home in as long as it takes to push a button.”
SPOILER: They won’t reach home in as long as it takes to push a button in this episode

Paris: "What if the nacelles aren't being torn from the ship; what if the ship is being torn from the nacelles?" I hope this episode starts making more sense

Paris: “What if the nacelles aren’t being torn from the ship; what if the ship is being torn from the nacelles?”
I hope this episode starts making more sense. Is this the brilliant insight that no one has ever been able to figure out?

Paris breaks the warp 10 barrier! They try to make a big deal out of it, but it's mainly just Paris making this face

Paris breaks the warp ten barrier! They try to make a big deal out of it, but it’s mainly just Paris making this face

Paris starts to mutate. He starts breathing a different type of air. It seems like a lot of this episode is just Paris with his mouth open

Paris starts to mutate. He starts breathing a different type of air and grows another heart. It seems like a lot of this episode is just Paris with his mouth open

Paris starts to mutate

They think Paris is on the verge of death. He starts talking about how he imagines lots of pretty girls at his funeral, he yells about how he wants a pizza, and he wants Kes to kiss him. Not exactly a dignified way of going out. I seriously can’t tell if it’s supposed to be funny or sad

Jonas is still being sneaky

Jonas is still being sneaky

Paris says he's glad he's mutating. Right, Paris

Paris says he’s glad he’s mutating. Right, Paris

He coughs out his tongue. Cool!

He coughs out his tongue. Cool!

As if Paris whining about nonsense wasn't bad enough, now he talks in a goofy voice because he has no tongue.

As if Paris whining about nonsense wasn’t bad enough, now he talks in a goofy voice because he has no tongue.

Paris escapes and steals Janeway and then goes to warp 10, to infinite velocity

Paris escapes and steals Janeway and then goes to warp ten, to infinite velocity

The Doctor claims he figured out what's going on. He says going infinite velocity made Paris evolve super fast. I don't know a lot about things, but isn't evolution mutation through reproduction, and isn't it based on the environment?

The Doctor claims he figured out what’s going on. He says going infinite velocity made Paris evolve super fast. I don’t know a lot about things, but isn’t evolution mutation through reproduction? And isn’t it based on the environment? They act like a life form has a set path of evolution and Paris just did it all at once

They find Janeway and Paris three days later. They turned into salamanders. So the ultimate stage of evolution for humans is these unintelligent salamanders

Luckily, they find Janeway and Paris three days later. Since the two of them were in infinite velocity they could’ve been anywhere in the entire universe, right?

And they have babies

AND they have babies. We find out the ultimate stage of evolution for humans is these big unintelligent salamanders who apparently inadvertently have children together…unless Janeway and Paris have secretly liked each other all along…

In the next shot, Janeway and Paris are completely back to being a normal human. Good job, Doctor

In the next shot, Janeway and Paris are completely back to being normal humans. Good job, Doctor

 

 

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  • Violet

    I’ve never considered this episode that awful. It is a rather stupid plot, but it has some great lines. Not to mention whole throwing up the tongue thing was possibly the most disturbing thing I’ve ever seen in Star Trek, which is definitely a plus.

    • http://tsurufoto.com/ Aaron Tsuru

      Didn’t TNG have a head-exploding scene? THAT was awesome pants. BLAMO!

      • http://twitter.com/LetsWatchST Lets Watch Star Trek

        When I first saw that guy’s head explode I was shocked (it didn’t help that I was pretty young). When Paris coughs up his tongue my reaction was closer to this: “Why do you have to do this to us, Voyager?”. Both were really gross though