Star Trek 611: Inside Man

611. Inside Man

FORMULA: Hope and Fear + Pathfinder

WHY WE LIKE IT: Barclay and Deanna.

WHY WE DON'T: The Ferengi haven't changed one jot.

REVIEW: Pathfinder sends Voyager a holographic (and uninhibited) version of Barclay, but it's hijacked by Ferengi who reprogram it in a dastardly plan to bring Voyager home with all hands lost. They'd get their hands on the ship AND millions of valuable nanoprobes. It's an outrageously clever plan that even includes paying a dabo girl to "fall in love" with Barclay and get his secrets. Unfortunate then that in the end, Barclay is able to play on the Ferengi's gullibility to save the day. (Though his gambit is a good one too.)

There are really two problems with this idea. The first is that the Ferengi are exactly as they were in TNG (skipping right over DS9). Even if I like the idea of casino ships, I have to wonder what happened to Rom's reign as Grand Nagus. Nothing seems to have changed, and even if some DaiMons split from the Alliance, some words of acknowledgment would have been appreciated. The other problem is that while we generally like these Barclay/Troi stories, they take something away from Voyager itself. Make no mistake: the two TNG alumni are the real stars here, saving the ship from certain destruction though THEIR actions.

Not that there aren't scenes of interest in the Delta Quadrant, but they're mostly comic fluff as the corrupted Barclay hologram entertains the crew and frustrates the Doctor. If he's to be believed at all, he mentions Voyager's place in the collective imagination, and that Seven will be welcome as a beacon of hope for anyone who's lost someone to the Borg. They're building anticipation for the series finale there. Tom's become jaded to Gilligan's Island Syndrome, so he and B'Elanna torture poor, naive Harry about it. All in good fun, but I would still rather watch Deanna threaten Barclay's cruel girlfriend.

Now I don't really know what the original hologram's message was, but he was never sent again, despite Barlcay's addition of security protocols to his matrix.

LESSON: Bandwidth. Bandwidth. Bandwidth.

REWATCHABILITY - Medium: Fun for fans of Star Trek: Pathfinder, but a little slim on the Voyager side.

3 comments:

De said...

The DS9 disconnect might have been due to Ron Moore and Brannon Braga not getting along too well.

The "Ferenginar" story in Worlds of Deep Space Nine offers a plausible explanation for the Ferengi behavior in this episode.

Will said...

That always bothered me about Trek was that all members of a planet all behaved the same. It's like all Russians were like Stalin or all Americans are like Donald Trump. Unless there was some genetic engineering you are going to have misfits, non-conformists & rebels.

LiamKav said...

You did have rebels and outcasts, most of which ended up on our ships. Worf, Jadzia (sort of), Quark, Rom...

The "all members of an aliens species" thing is a storytelling shorthand. And the ones who rebel stand out even more because of that.

 

Blog Archive

Category

5 Things to Like (21) Activities (23) Advice (74) Alien Nation (34) Aliens Say the Darndest Things (8) Alpha Flight (25) Amalgam (53) Ambush Bug (46) Animal Man (17) anime (53) Aquaman (71) Archetypes (14) Archie Heroes (10) Arrowed (20) Asterix (9) Atom (31) Avengers (59) Awards (33) Babylon 5 (140) Batman (680) Battle Shovel (13) Battlestar Galactica (134) Black Canary (22) BnB 2-in1 (40) Books (61) Booster Gold (16) Buck Rogers (20) Buffy (6) Canada (72) Captain America (69) Captain Marvel (57) Cat (156) CCGs (60) Charlton (12) Circles of Hell (6) Class (11) Comics (3990) Comics Code Approved (12) Conan (15) Contest (13) Cooking (15) Crisis (78) Daredevil (33) Dating Kara Zor-El (5) Dating Lois Lane (23) Dating Lucy Lane (13) Dating Princess Diana (11) DCAU (404) Deadman (9) Dial H (128) Dice (10) Dinosaur Island (16) Dinosaurs (67) Director Profiles (9) Doctor Who (1686) Doom Patrol (22) Down the Rabbit Hole (7) Dr. Strange (17) Encyclopedia (28) Fantastic Four (56) Fashion Nightmares (19) Fiasco (14) Films Within Films (6) Flash (87) Flushpoint (86) Foldees (12) French (49) Friday Night Fights (57) Fun with Covers (56) FW Team-Up (37) Galleries (9) Game design (26) Gaming (111) Geekly roundup (770) Geeks Anonymous (47) Geekwear (13) Gimme That Star Trek (61) Godzilla (53) Golden Age (441) Grant Morrison (75) Great Match-Ups of Science Fiction (8) Green Arrow (50) Green Lantern (87) Hawkman (40) Hero Points Podcast (13) Holidays (241) House of Mystery (16) Hulk (44) Human Target (8) Improv (34) Inspiration (45) Intersect (5) Invasion Podcast (44) Iron Man (50) Jack Kirby (87) Jimmy Olsen (74) JLA (97) JSA (26) K9 the Series (30) Kirby Motivationals (18) Krypto (202) Kung Fu (100) Learning to Fly (11) Legion (130) Letters pages (6) Liveblog (12) Lonely Hearts Podcast (21) Lord of the Rings (18) Machine Man Motivationals (10) Man-Thing (6) Marquee (89) Masters of the Universe (9) Memes (39) Memorable Moments (35) Metal Men (5) Metamorpho (65) Millennium (72) Mini-Comics (5) Monday Morning Macking (7) Movies (457) Mr. Terrific (6) Music (73) Nelvana of the Northern Lights (9) Nightmare Fuel (22) Number Ones (60) Obituaries (42) oHOTmu OR NOT? (80) Old52 (12) One Panel (301) Outsiders (167) Panels from Sheena (5) Paper Dolls (7) Play (77) Podcast (500) Polls (5) Questionable Fridays (13) Radio (16) Rants (20) Reaganocomics (8) Recollected (11) Red Bee (26) Red Tornado (10) Reign (563) Retro-Comics (3) Reviews (52) Rom (116) RPGs (540) Sandman (23) Sapphire & Steel (37) Sarah Jane Adventures (70) Saturday Morning Cartoons (5) SBG for Girls (4) Seasons of DWAITAS (100) Secret Origins Podcast (8) Secret Wars (25) SF (30) Shut Up Star Boy (1) Silver Age (371) Siskoid as Editor (35) Siskoid's Mailbox (10) Space 1999 (51) Spectre (21) Spider-Man (100) Spring Cleaning (15) ST non-fiction (19) ST novels: DS9 (8) ST novels: S.C.E. (19) ST novels: The Shat (2) ST novels: TNG (9) ST novels: TOS (13) Star Trek (1727) Streaky (2) Suicide Squad (39) Supergirl (90) Superman (1062) Supershill (11) Swamp Thing (24) Tales from Earth-Prime (7) Team Horrible (4) Teen Titans (85) That Franchise I Never Talk About (53) The Orville (29) The Prisoner (5) The Thing (54) Then and Now (4) Theory (51) Thor (52) Thursdays of Two Worlds (43) Time Capsule (8) Timeslip (7) Tintin (23) Torchwood (62) Tourist Traps of the Forgotten Realms (5) Toys (65) Turnarounds (7) TV (193) V (6) Waking Life (1) Warehouse 13 (9) Websites (102) What If? (103) Who's This? (212) Whoniverse-B (11) Wikileaked (3) Wonder Woman (84) X-Files (246) X-Men (103) Zero Hour Strikes (27) Zine (5)