[VOY] The Swarm

[VOY] Season 3, Episode 4: The Swarm

The Swarm

Rating: 2

At first this episode presents a villain that seems like a real threat, but the basis of the decisions and how the actions play out kind of take away any stakes the episode could have. The episode also deals with limitations to the EMH’s program, and how he wasn’t meant to be used so much. I like the theme alright, but there isn’t enough to bring it to a 3 for us.

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Notes:

Paris kind of asks B'Elanna on a date. She says no

Paris kind of asks B’Elanna on a date. She says no

Some aliens beam aboard, shoot them, then leave

Some aliens beam aboard, shoot them, then leave

The Doctor has a holo-program where he sings opera. Sideburns help him sing

The Doctor has a holo-program where he sings opera. Sideburns help him sing

Neelix says the aliens that control the space ahead of them are extremely hostile and dangerous

Neelix says the aliens that control the space ahead of them are extremely hostile and dangerous

Going around could add more than 15 months to their journey. Janeway decides to go through their space. When I play Oregon Trail I always value survival over making good time

Going around could add more than 15 months to their journey. Janeway decides to go through their space. When I play Oregon Trail I always value survival over making good time

And when Tuvok points out that violating their space is against federation rules, Janeways gives the "we're far away from federation space" line, and blows it off.

And when Tuvok points out that violating their space is against federation rules, Janeways gives the “we’re far away from federation space” line, and blows it off.

The Doctor is forgetting everything

The Doctor is forgetting everything

They boot up the diagnostic program to help fix the EMH. To tell them apart they messed up his hair as much as they possibly could

They boot up the diagnostic program to help fix the EMH. They messed up his hair as much as they possibly could, which wasn’t that much

They try sneaking past a group of thousands of ships

They try sneaking past a group of thousands of ships

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“like a snake through the tube”. Is that a phrase or something?

This reminds Janeway of the times she would sneak past her parents. Janeway, this is serious! People could die!

This reminds Janeway of the times she would sneak past her parents. Janeway, this is serious! People could die!

Things get worse with the Doctor. They might have to reset him, making it so he loses his memory from the last two years

Things get worse with the Doctor. They might have to reset him, making it so he loses his memory from the last two years

The swarm is closing in!

The swarm is closing in!

“Interfer-ametric Pulse” sounds kind of dumb. And they say it about 30 times

“Interfer-ametric Pulse” sounds kind of dumb. And they say it about 30 times

The aliens beam aboard and shoot a guy! See Janeway, was this worth 15 months?

The aliens beam aboard and shoot a guy! See Janeway, was this worth 15 months?

They think they fix the Doctor, but then he can't remember anything. But then he starts singing! That means he's starting to remember things!

They think they fix the Doctor, but then he can’t remember anything. But then he starts singing! That means he’s starting to remember things!

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  • Steffen

    What a sad month, rating-wise. Voyager missed a great chance (again) to show some serious debates with Janeway being way to quick with her decision and that guy who shot Picard is so very annoying, that I agree with your 2, although I had in mind this episode as quite a good one…