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  • Parallax is an episode that I enjoyed quite a lot, not so much for the science fiction aspect of the story which I actually found pretty dull and loaded with a lot of talk that didn't quite make much sense to me since it was all talk that centered around future technology that doesn't exist as well as a fictional outer space phenomena which could have been mysteriously intriguing but ended up being a mere plot device for the character of B'Elanna Torres to stand out and shine, but because of the characters and conflicting personalities that's resulting in friction
  • It seems tacked on and rather than come across as something that's truly intriguing, I feel the whole two Voyager thing exists merely to provide B'Elanna with a chance to prove herself, which is fine, but proving herself by throwing around long, made-up technology-related phrases and stuff is boring to listen to


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      “Parallax” is an episode that I enjoyed quite a lot, not so much for the science fiction aspect of the story which I actually found pretty dull and loaded with a lot of talk that didn’t quite make much sense to me since it was all talk that centered around future technology that doesn’t exist as well as a fictional outer space phenomena which could have been mysteriously intriguing but ended up being a mere plot device for the character of B’Elanna Torres to stand out and shine, but because of the characters and conflicting personalities that’s resulting in friction. This is the first episode following the two-hour pilot, so the episode is really focused on bringing to light the differences that exist between those trained and

      in Starfleet and those that were a part of the Maquis and the tension that exists on the ship between the two separate crews.

      What makes this episode work for me is the aforementioned tension is believable. The Starfleet crew isn’t thrilled to have members of the Maquis serving among them because they see the Maquis crew members as being hot-blooded and irrational, as B’Elanna kind of demonstrates when she does a number on a crew member’s nose and the Maquis crew members feel that Starfleet’s way of doing things will forever prevent them from returning to the Alpha Quadrant. I particularly liked how the scenes played out between Captain Janeway and Commander Chakotay, because to me, both performers seemed comfortable in their roles even though this was ...


      • only the second episode of the series, and as they discuss replacing officers that perished during the events that took place in the pilot episode, it seemed to me that Captain Janeway’s concerns for taking Chakotay’s suggestion to appoint B’Elanna as the new chief engineer were genuine and thoughtful. The two going back and forth while building a very slow understanding between them was pretty entertaining to watch. It’s a shame the science fiction aspect of the story had to take time away from moments like these.

        I know that Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction show after all, but the whole “ship gets trapped” storyline is something that’s been done to death in Star Trek. It seems tacked on and rather than come across as something

        that’s truly intriguing, I feel the whole two Voyager thing exists merely to provide B’Elanna with a chance to prove herself, which is fine, but proving herself by throwing around long, made-up technology-related phrases and stuff is boring to listen to. For me, I was a lot more interested in the difficulties that were arising in merging two very different crews as one than outer space phenomena that was crushing the ship. I give this episode a “6″ for solid performances on the part of the new cast and a believable conflict with tension that I could see and feel among members of the two crews, but all the made-up tech talk took some of the life out of the episode and resulted in me disconnecting from the story.




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