Can it be true? Yes! I’m into the final season, and my gut tells me I’m going to be in for a rough, rough ride. The past season has been painful to watch, with rare good to fun episodes, eclipsed by far too many tedious and downright awful episodes. I’m not holding out much hope, but I seem to remember Endgame was kinda fun when I saw it years ago, so maybe there’s light at the end of the transwarp corridor! Let’s engage…
Unimatrix Zero: Pt II
Remember TNG:Family? Remember how Picard came back after being Borged up and how he was a broken man, the psychological scarring running far deeper than optical implants and nano-probes in the blood stream? Recall how he was never quite the same again, haunted by Borg voices in ST:First Contact? Man, that’s how a world class actor takes a corking idea, some solid scripts and runs with it. Still gives me chills to watch Best of Both Worlds and those later tales that reference it.
Meanwhile, over here on Voyager Janeway, Tuvok and Torres’ assimilation was all a big plot, and thanks to some nano-probe sunscreen  they’re not actually drones. Well, Tuvok might be falling into dronification, but thankfully for the Voyager crew they manage to assist the drones in Unimatrix Zero a bit, before the Borg Queen calls their bluff and starts blowing up her own ships to route out the defectors. Stone cold, Queeny, that was some pretty impressive brinksmanship. I mean, Janeway’s not even carried through on a threat to explode Harry Kim during negotiations! Anyway, Janeway deletes Unimatrix Zero, terminating 7’s dreary relationship with another not-quite-a-drone, and skedaddled back to Voyager, while the Borg Queen is left to stamp on her hat in impotent rage. Or something like that.
And well done Voyager writers, I am now officially utterly over the Borg and kinda miss the races of the earlier Delta Quadrant. With the exception of the Kazon. And Kes.
Most typically Voyager moment: Following the mental trauma and invasive body modifications stemming from her assimilation, Janeway gets better in a trice thanks to a bit of a nap and a cup of damn fine coffee. No one tell Picard he’s a total snowflake over this whole ‘life altering experience’ okay, he should have just walked it off!
Hey everybody, what do we need after two solid episodes of Borg heavy action? That’s right, it’s ANOTHER tale about 7 of 9. This time, her cortical node is on the fritz and she’s gonna die unless they replace it. Try to forget last week’s episode where the Doctor fixed Borged crew like it was nothing, this week for weekly articulated plot reasons he’s not got the skillz any more. So off Janeway, her adoptive mom, goes in the rebuilt  Delta Flyer to stage a raid on a Borg ship. Or maybe it’s a brand new, ship it’s not clear. Given the Delta Flyer was blown into a million itty bitty bits in Unimatrix Zero PtI, I’m not sure Paris got out his superglue or something? As I recall there was this whole ‘it’s a big challenge’ to build the Flyer way back a few seasons ago, with construction spread across a number of episodes. Yet, now it seems to be able to be replaced at the drop of a hat! Anyone remember when Voyager had replicator rations and was fighting for spare parts and energy all the time? Ah, happy days, but it seems we’re into post-scarcity now once more. Almost like they docked at a Starbase or something…
Also, wait a moment, didn’t we have this exact same ‘raid the Borg for stuff’ plot for the last two episodes? Oh, yes, we did. Voyager once again Trekking through the heights of original narrative it seems. In the end, the duff dead drone implants are no good, and Ichabod of Borg donates his implant to 7, a bit like a kidney only with more headaches. Guess it’s just as well we kept one of these living donation banks onboard after all for 7’s sake!
There’s also a glorious moment mid-episode where 7 calls up a list of those Voyager crew who bit the big one (even if some of them, like Ens Ballard, come back!). Sadly, despite dying a few times Harry Kim’s name is not on this list (time-line alterations be damned!). Interestingly, there’s only 10 names on this list (out of 147 we started with, and not counting Kes)…I swear more have died than that on camera – is Janeway fudging the record books to avoid looking too bad when she gets back to Starfleet Command?
Most typically Voyager moment: Remember the Borg kids? Yeah, well 3/4 of them get booted off the ship in the opening moments, as the showrunners have stunningly realised they added nothing to the show. Sadly Ichabod Crane of Borg remains behind to do the recycled Wesley Crusher ‘joining Starfleet arc’.
Ah, the curse of the broadcast order vs production order strikes again – as Torres and Paris are out testing the “newly rebuilt Delta Flyer“…that’s right, this episode should, logically, have been transmitted after the previous one. As luck would have it in the vastness of space, they get challenged to a race, and end up signing up to participate in essentially the ‘EuroVision Space Race Contest’ between a number of previously warring civilisations. Yep, this rapidly lines up into one of those ‘fluff’ episodes that won’t make a tad of difference to the voyage home, unless (and I’m guessing here) there’s some sort of super-stellar-overdrive up for grabs as the prize for coming first! (Spoiler alert: there isn’t).
Naturally, things aren’t all they seem and the friendly alien they first meet turns out to a rebellious little terrorist intent on restarting the inter-species war. All of which makes for a middling, by the numbers, kinda average Star Trek plot. However, the real story is the going on around the fringes of the race, as Tom and B’Elanna’s relationship goes through that rocky patch all TV romances do just before the characters get hitched. Hence, I wasn’t in the least bit surprised that by the end of the episode we see the Delta Flyer 2.0B flying off trailing streamers behind its ‘Just Married’ sign. Ah, that’s nice. We managed some genuine character development for 2 out 147 characters on Voyager. Let’s chalk that up as a minor win!
Most Typically Voyager Moment: We’re still more than 30,000ly from home, but Janeway’s got time to goof off and take part in a race for ‘morale’ reasons.
For an episode that opened with a ranting Bajoran (oh prophets no, not another Bajoran religious story, please!) this story rapidly opens up into a cracking whodunit. Former members of the Marqui start coming down with a serious of the unexplained comas, but not to worry for Hercule Tuvok is on the case…in more ways than one. Yes, it turns out that he’s not just the Chief of Security, but he’s also the the Manchurian Vulcan! Reprogrammed years ago by a fanatical member of the Marqui who clocked he was actually Starfleet and turned him into a sleeper agent. Okay, it’s not 100% clear quite what the Bajoran’s long term goals were, but the moment when Tuvok figures out he’s actually the perpetrator (assault by mind melds – nasty!) is well played by both Tim Russ and a horrified Janeway.
Enjoyable though the story is, it starts to go a little off the rails at this midpoint as suddenly Tuvok’s using hidden code phrases to turn all the former Marqui on the ship…back into Marqui again. Wait…did this Bajoran mind-bastard manage to reprogramme everyone in the Marqui? And if he did, what’s the point of turning them back into what they already were (at least back then). I lost the plot around here, or maybe it was the writers. Still, it gave ol’Tacotray and Torres a chance to dig out their old clothes from storage and pretend to be bad guys for a few minutes. Thankfully, Tuvok overcomes the conditioning to turn the tables. This second half of the episode is a bit rushed, and I get the feeling this would have made a much better two-part story to flesh out the schemes behind the scheming a bit more. But no matter, a largely solid Tuvok story with only some (hah) minor gaps in narrative logic to blight it.
Oh, I should add, the minor subplot with Tom and B’Elanna going to a holodeck cinema to ‘use a 3D recreation of a 2D entertainment’s attempts to produce a 3D visual experience’ had me in stitches. These two are even more value for money now they’re married!
Most Typically Voyager Moment: When using some sort of sensor sweep to work out the attacker…the only person they rule out is Naomi Wildman (unseen this season, sadly ). Unless…that’s what the little bastard wants us all to think…
Yet another enjoyable episode, but given it features the Doctor being ‘stolen’ and delivered to a world running a Tory/Republican wet dream of a health service that’s hardly a shock! The Doctor, having been nicked by a visiting conman ahead of the episode, has to work on treating patients who are only given medicine to the value of their contribution to society. Got the potential to be a doctor yourself one day? Hard cheese peasant, we only pay out on what you’re worth now! Naturally, coming from the post-scarcity Federation society, it doesn’t take long for the Doctor to start gaming the system and shaking things up, with the assistance of a willing patient, a semi-willing fellow medic, and a scheming President Charles Logan offa 24 (actor, Gregory Itzin, in a great guest role as a more machiavellian and savvy medic!). It’s not a happy ending for everyone, but it’s one of the most powerful examinations of how much better the Federation’s (whisper it, socialist) ideology is compared to big, brash neoliberal capitalism. Kudos Voyager team!
Meanwhile, Voyager is forced to pull a move somewhat reticent of O’Brien and Nog in DS9:Treachery, Faith and the Great River, namely backtracking all the conman’s dodgy deals until they can trace the Doctor. By the time he’s arrived, he’s pretty much revolutionized the capitalist system of medicine to the advantage of both the populace and the medics. It’s a win:win, with the exception of the Chief Hospital Administrator who comes down with a serious case of being poisoned, and a young lad the system failed in the first place. Still, pretty good going for a holographic lifeform that can’t get any respect in his own culture!
Most Typically Voyager Moment: After the main story’s done, the Doctor has to confess to 7, his sin of ‘poisoning’ the chief hospital administrator to force him to change his policies. Only once 7’s given him her absolution can the episode end. It’s a really awkward scene that feels tacked on, and jars against the smooth flow of the preceeding 37 minutes. Guess we all learned something today…
My sweet lord! A third great episode? What is going on Voyager? By the law of TV, by season 7 the show-runners should be operating on fumes, but this has actually been a great run of engaging stories! Hence, this time the fun doesn’t let up as a strangely Texan drawling hologram of Reg Barclay is transmitted to the ship from Earth, with a great plan to get everyone home. Except wait! Unknown by the Voyagerites, his holomatrix has been corrupted mid-transmission by the Ferengi (hey, remember those guys?!) as part of a nefarious scheme to…oh gawd…’Steal 7 of 9’s nanoprobes’. Again? Does every sodding story-line have to come back to Mary Sue of 9? Okay, I’ll try not to let that distract me, as actually 7 doesn’t play too central a role here.
If I wasn’t already enjoying the socks off this episode, the real Reg, frustrated in trying to work out why his hologram apparently hasn’t made it to Voyager gets sent off on mandated shore leave…and promptly seeks out the swim-suited Councillor Troi (my episode highlight!). Turns out Reg has had an actual romance, with a flesh and blood girl, although she’s actually an agent for the Ferengi, poor sod – and she’s behind their hijacking of his hologram. Perhaps more surprising (given their terrible tech) the Ferengi have worked out a genuine way to get Voyager home (involving exploding stars nonetheless), long before Starfleet. Okay…it will roast everyone on board and let them pillage the ship, but you can’t have everything, right? Luckily the team-supreme of Reg and Troi sort it all out and save the day.
All this, and the Doctor’s obsession with playing golf too as a comedy sub-sub plot. Pretty much a satisfying episode all-round – and still no sign of Naomi Wildman 
Most Typically Voyager Moment: It’s Troi and Reg…again. Clearly these are the single cheapest/most available two TNG cast members around. The episode would have really benefited from Captain Beard Face making a cameo at the end!
Body and Soul
A hologramatic crew-member discovers the sybaritic joys of the flesh, indulging with the appetites of the glutton through a borrowed organic body. Naturally, the original owner of the body is less than pleased with their munching their way through an entire ship’s worth of rich foods! There’s even a moment when the male holographic character alludes to their female host’s…physical differences. Oh, did you think I was writing about Voyager? I was actually thinking more of Red Dwarf:Bodyswap broadcast some 11 years prior to this episode. Body and Soul shares many of these tropes as the Doctor hides from a photonic-phobic race, the Lokirrin, and finds he rather enjoys being able to indulge in the full range of organic senses. Well, aside from the stench of a sweaty Harry Kim that is, so let’s scamper quickly on.
It’s not all (another) Red Dwarf rip off, as the Doctor (in 7’s well-proportioned body) becomes somewhat enamoured of one of the female Lokirrin even as the male captain starts making his moves. Yes it’s a cross-species, trans-sexual comedy with hilarious consequences. Well, maybe not hilarious for those involved, but pretty funny for us. Not since DS9:Rejoined have we dared explore potential same-sex couplings in the Trekverse (and would need to wait until ST:Disco before we went all the way)! The episode is a lot of fun, and thanks to Jeri Ryan’s rather splendid (and underused) comic talents as the Doctor inhabiting 7’s body, we get a somewhat typically comedy-drama Doctor episode without Bob Picardo stealing all the best lines. Honestly, my opinion of Jeri and 7 went up several notches thanks to her splendid acting in this one. Fun, fun, fun!
Meanwhile, back on Voyager Mr Tuvok’s going through the Pon Farr, and it’s up to Tom Paris ‘Holopimp’ to find a way for him to…er…express his urges safely. Shame Reg’s hologram wasn’t still online, as he’s got a lot of experience with that sort of thing!
Most Typically Voyager Moment: While flying away on yet another pointless long-range mission aboard the Delta Flyer 2.0 Harry Kim gets captured with sexy 7 of 9, and all she can say is he stinks. Poor sod, can’t he ever catch a break?
In a change of pace, Harry and 7 are joined this time by Mr Neelix aboard the Delta Flyer 2.0 (the Doctor’s staying home), but for once there’s a legitimate excuse for the shuttle away mission. Voyager’s parked on a planet and undergoing some much needed major repairs. Probably, the repairs are coming a few years too late considering what the ship’s been through, but there are some nice CGI shots of the warp-nacelles and coils being removed for repair (albeit the original shot mirrored the second time it’s used). Away in space the Flyer comes across a skirmish between two ships, and despite conflicting Starfleet protocols about interfering in other’s affairs (funny, when interfering is the instigating incident of ~50% of episodes) get involved with a Kraylor ship on an apparent medical mission of mercy. Meanwhile, Janeway meets the other side, the Annari, who appear to be all pally and cooperative, at least at first.
Turns out this episode is really all about giving Harry Kim his first command, although I’d swear we’d had that plotline more than once already. Hence, he and 7 (again!) board the medical ship which has lost its captain and is now renamed The Nightingale, and set off for the alien’s besieged homeworld. The thing is, Dr Loken (Ron ‘that shepherd ain’t no shepherd!’ Glass) the Kraylorian’s chief medical officer, appears to know bugger all about medicine . I thought we were heading for a big reveal that the Nightingale was hauling metagenic bioweapons or something, but it turns out they’re actually transporting cloaking technology. Which means, it’s up to Capt’n Harry to ‘learn a valuable lesson’ about what it takes to command a starship, lead a crew and make some hard choices.
Wow, I think we all benefitted from some personal growth today. Okay, it’s not a terrible episode, but it’s one that casts Harry Kim into his recurrent ‘most inexperienced officer around’ trope once again. This, despite his 6 prior years of bridge-based competence when he’s not the lead episode character. Voyager: 2 steps forward, several hundred back.
Meanwhile, in the B-plot least-annoying Borgling Icheb reminds people he’s actually quite smart (hello Wesley) and immediately undergoes space-puberty. Icheb starts crushing heavily over Torres, because she’s the one female who’s shown any (friendly) interest in him (I guess 7 must be like a sister). Clearly, he missed the end of Drive a few episodes back, but before matters are set straight he almost challenges Tom Paris to a death race! Sadly, the budget had been blown with that shot of Voyager on the planet, so that gets handwaved away.
Naomi Wildman though…still AWOL.
Most Typically Voyager Moment: Not once but twice, Harry bemoans still being an Ensign after 7 years. Right to Janeway’s face he points out he should be a Lieutenant or even a Lieutenant Commander. She all but pats him on the head like a lost puppy, and sends him off with a chaperone to keep an adult eye on him. Frustrating beyond measure.
Flesh and Blood
Hey, it’s the Hirogen…didn’t we leave them about 20,000ly behind the Voyager? Ah well, looks like the holo-technology the Starfleet crew left with them after The Killing Game has been rather more zesty than the Hirogen Hunters expected. The hologramatic arenas have gotten out of control and now the simulated humans can easily beat the Hirogen hunters who come for them. I sense we’re heading towards another discussion of ‘what is life?’, which given the contempt with which the Voyager crew have generally treated hologramatic lifeforms (in stark contrast to all other forms), doesn’t bode well!
Yep, I was right. Pretty soon the Doctor is kidnapped by the holograms, who are suffering as much, if not more so, than the Hirogen who created them to die over and over again, and remember the pain of each death. At least the Hirogen only die once (sorry, Mr Bond). It seems the Hirogen have rather foolishly allowed the holograms to learn and adapt, a bit like the Borg, to make hunting them more of a challenge. Hence, along the way, they’ve accidentally created a sentient species with which they’re now at war! You’d think they’d be delighted by this genuine hunter’s challenge, but no: moan, moan, moan is all we get. Guess they don’t like a fair fight, the big bullies!
The Doctor soon throws in with his ‘own kind’, even kidnapping Torres for a hairbrained (no pun intended, sorry Dr Zimmerman) scheme to liberate the holograms from their ship. Of course this means Torres will have to work with a hologram based on her old chums the Cardassians. Confronted by Tacotray and Tuvok over her willingness to ally with the Hirogen, Janeway considers ‘how many times we’ve given people replicator technology’, forgetting her refusal to do this was what pissed off the Kazon in the first place. Oh Kathy, hubris is your middle name. Turns out the leader of the holograms (based on a spiritual Bajoran) is a bit of a fundamentalist nutter who wants to liberate ‘photonics’ everywhere, and create a homeworld for them. Meanwhile, the Cardassian hologram engineer turns out to be a much more decent sort, and once Torres has gotten over her tiresome ‘I hate spoonheads’ routine, we realise that this story is full of shades of grey. No, not that one, thankfully.
Yep, that’s the nub of it: holograms are people too…no one mention this to Starfleet though, they’ve got a pile of EMH Mk1s scrubbing plasma conduits who are not in ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM slaves, okay? In the end the holograms, and even the Hirogen learn the true meaning of Christmas…I mean, compromise, and the Doctor is welcomed back into the Voyager fold with only a slight ticking off from Janeway as a result of his total betrayal of trust and Starfleet ethics. Wow, if only life was really that easy.
Most Typically Voyager Moment: It’s a double episode, so there’s two. Firstly, the Doctor is almost instantly happy to throw away his friendships and (programmed) loyalty to Starfleet, and join the holograms in their crusade for photonic rights. If his actions had developed slowly, over a few episodes of character growth so we could see him changing his point of view, I could believe his actions. But instead it’s a matter of moments and he’s suddenly all ‘No, screw them all, I’m with you lads now.’ Utterly implausible.
Secondly, if Tom Paris did what the Doctor had done, then he’d not see a replicator ration, holodeck privilege or his wife for a couple of years. Instead, Janeway just hand-waves away the Doctor’s violations of protocol, trust and friendship to ‘personal growth’. I’ll remember that next time I’m arrested, ‘I was having some personal growth, officer, so you can let me off’. Utter double standards by the captain, and poor characterisation for for everyone concerned.
ARRRRRGHHHHH! NAOMI FUCKING WILDMAN. She’s not dead.
Ahem. With that out of the way, welcome to Star Trek: Voyager’s Greatest Hits as the wibbly-wobbly space anomaly of the week shatters the time steam. Thanks to being in the right place at the wrong time(s) Tacotray must journey up and down the timestream to the best moments of the last 7 years (and also that one with the giant flying viruses) to meet old friends and foes once more. For an episode laden with the triple miseries of a) being a Tacotray episode, b) resurrecting Naomi Wildman and c) bringing back the Kazon, this is actually a bit of a stonker. It’s actually great to see Seska again (I guess the budget didn’t stretch to hiring Kes as well), and rather made me wish we could have kept her around a bit longer after she was killed off (or at least for more than a couple of guest shots).
Revisiting S1 Janeway-classic with the bun hair and far greater ‘by the book’ attitude is rather fun, and never more so than when we revisit the single greatest moment of Voyager (Bride of Chaotica). The moment when she rolls her eyes in despair and disdain at what she beheld had me roaring with laughter. I was also impressed when we met the future Naomi and Icheb, that somehow, unlike TNG’s future version of Wesley Crusher, they actually seemed like plausible future-incarnations.
Utter highlight of the episode: – the showdown with Seska, and the reappearance of Badass of 9.I may have slightly punched the air and whooped. I might complain (a lot) about how much Voyager seems to be the 7 of 9 show too much of the time, but this once, they used her to just the right level. Easily the best Tacotray episode of them all, and continuing to demonstrate that season 7 can keep pumping out the hits!
Most Typically Voyager Moment: The reset button at the end of the episode. Other Tacotray’s experience, nothing which happened means a damn.
Out of the blue, it’s a happy (mostly) event for Torres and Paris, as the chief engineer discovers she’s with child. Yet, before Naomi Wildman can have any competition for most annoying character, it turns out that the child will not only have dominant Klingon features like her mother, but will need a minor genetic resequencing to fix a spine issue. Simple enough, until we discover this episode is really concerned with B’Elanna working through her childhood abandonment and daddy issues…which she plans to resolve through having the child genetically resequenced in a big way. While you can perhaps, slightly, sympathise with her not wanting the kid to go through the mild-teasing we witness in the flashbacks, that she tries to solve her problems by reprogramming the Doctor to override his ethical subroutines and without the agreement of the child’s father, is pretty horrific. Tom and B’Elanna seem to take these events in their stride, but you can’t help feeling their relationship is going to go through some major future issues, if this is how they work through their problems!
There’s a teeny-tiny little race drama going on underneath all this (as B’Elanna points out Voyager is mostly human crew), but it’s hardly TOS:Let That Be Your Last Battlefield. Watchable enough, but some considerable characterisation compromises again for the sake of The Drama!
Most Typically Voyager Moment: Everyone’s discussing resequencing the kid, without once mentioned the apocalyptic Eugenic Wars started over this kind of thing. Funny, you’d think that sort of thing would come up right away.
A distress call leads Voyager to take aboard a bunch of prisoners and their warders, on their way to what sounds rather like swift justice and execution. There’s a whole lot of hand waving about The Prime Directive from the Starfleet officers, but ultimately the Voyager happily acts as a prison transport to death row for an alien race (of somewhat questionable ethics). Not sure this is quite what the Federation’s founders had in mind for their society’s rules. At first I assumed this was going to be one of those ‘the bad guys are the good guys and vice versa’ episodes, but instead it turns out to be a somewhat hackneyed examination of the nature of justice, redemption and punishment.
Notably, Voyager sets up a whole prison wing in one of their cargo decks. Just like that. Given 7’s in one of the other cargo decks, just how much space does Voyager have going spare these days? Meanwhile while one prisoner is befriended by kind-hearted Neelix, another gets beaten up. The injured prisoner, after undergoing some magical genetic treatment (I’m sensing a theme here after last episode), ‘loses the ability to be a criminal’, and becomes effectively totally and irreversibly reformed. I can’t tell you how offensively reductive a result that is – criminality is a genetic disposition? So, society, culture and environment have nothing to do with it, eh? Anyway, reformed prisoner gets the chance to make an appeal and shock of shocks, he’s turned down and goes off meekly to die. Top hole ethics and justice there. Along the way, ‘friendly’ prisoner turns out to actually be an utter bastard, who’s been playing Neelix all along. Shocker!
At the end, the whole episode turns out to be another chance for Janeway and 7 to have a mother/daughter chat, as 7’s guilt over her actions as Borg make a late reappearance. It’s an oddly unsatisfying, somewhat bowdlerized treatment of the ‘true’ nature of redemptive justice: can a great wrong ever truly be redeemed in the eyes of society? I much prefer (and highly recommend) the far better scripted, magnificently thought provoking B5:Passing Through Gethsemane, for an examination of a very similar theme. For 7 the answer to the redemptive question, is ‘yep, you’re fine, carry on in astrometrics’…but it feels more like Voyager’s brushing the matter back under the carpet once more, to only be brought out when there’s a plotpoint to hang it on again. Unsatisfying conclusion.
Most Typically Voyager Moment: 7’s ‘crimes’ as a Borg reappear, are tritely dealt with, and forgotten about. Decent characterisation would have this as a simmering subplot, where we witness the rest of the crew’s reactions to having a ex-mass-murdering drone as the captain’s pet.
Well, I’m mostly shocked – this has been a fairly strong first half of the season. I didn’t expect that at all, not this late in the game. Compared to TNG, where there’s a whole lot of filler and rare gems, Voyager S7 seems to be a much, much stronger proposition. Onwards now, for now, for it’s only a short ride to the last hurrah: the Alpha Quadrant and Endgame await…
 Or something techno-bollox like that, it’s not really explained how the Doctor can now fucking immunise against assimilation
 Three, if we include the Borg children framing device in The Haunting of Deck 12.
 Or brand new, it’s not clear. Given the Delta Flyer was blown into a million itty bitty bits in Unimatrix Zero PtI, I’m not sure Paris got out there
 Not sadly. Hopefully the actress grew too much/little and they’re not planning on using her any more. Huzzah!
 I’m making a graph demonstrating the correlation between the continued bless’d absence of Naomi Wildman vs the episodic quality of the show….
 Yep, that doctor ain’t no doctor! Man, that made me happy when they revealed it, fellow Browncoats!
 We also see those waste dumping aliens again from two seasons ago. How bloody big is their empire? Or has Voyager been going around in circles again?