The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Projections

When the Doctor is unexpectedly activated, he discovers that the ship has been attacked and that most of the crew has been activated. But as he uses the new holographic projectors to help Janeway on the bridge, something seems amiss. Why are no ones life signs registering on the tricorder? Why does the Doctor register as human? Could it be that he is the sole human on a simulation of Voyager?

I’m pretty sure that I enjoyed this episode when I first saw it back in the nineties, but this time round, I remained unimpressed. We know that there’s no way Voyager is just a simulation – although that would be a nice twist if it were true – so all we can do is spend the rest of the episode waiting for the other shoe to drop. And that’s where the disappointment sets in – oh look, another holodeck malfunction and yet another weird type of radiation that has adverse effects on starships! Come on, Star Trek, let’s at least try to move out of our comfort zone once.

Points of Note

  • This is the first Voyager episode to feature a TNG crossover – in this case, a hologram of Lieutenant Barclay. The real Barclay will appear in later seasons.
  • According to the Doctor, Voyager has been in the Delta Quadrant for six months now. Note that Samantha Wildman still hasn’t discovered that she’s pregnant.
  • Barclay calls Voyager “the Voyager”.
  • Neelix’s reputation as a jealous and possessive lover is further confirmed when Kes makes a point that the Doctor not mention that his delusion included thinking Kes was his wife. I guess if I were Neelix (god forbid), and I heard that, I would feel a bit weird, but we already know Neelix is unreasonably jealous and possessive of Kes.
  • This may be the only time the Doctor is content to be confined to sickbay.

Destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 1

Summary – Projections: Loved it twenty years ago, less enthusiastic today.

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