The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Investigations

When Neelix begins producing a daily news show for the Voyager crew, he starts hunting for exclusives to keep them glued to their screens. First, he discovers that Tom Paris has decided to leave the ship, but this turns out to only be the tip of the iceberg when Janeway and Tuvok reveal that it’s all part of a plot to catch a traitor.

Whilst Investigations is remarkable for being a Neelix episode that isn’t completely irritating and unbearable, other than that, it’s pretty workaday. The aim of this episode is simply to tie up the Michael Jonas plot, which ties in with Paris’s recent misdemeanours and Seska’s long-term plans. I’m not a particular fan of this storyline, so whilst I’m relieved for it to be wrapped up here, it does mean I have to sit through the episode waiting for it all to be over.

Security best practice?

  • Why does Seska leave Tom in a room where he has access to a computer terminal, and the means to set off a bomb? He only manages to escape so easily because the Kazon are completely incompetent; is even the skill and cunning of a former Obsidian Order agent not enough to compensate for that?
  • Why does Paris waste any time at all in naming Jonas as the traitor once he’s told Voyager about the Kazon trap? And, upon hearing it, why don’t the bridge crew immediately revoke Jonas’s computer access?
  • Neelix is able to use the engineering access code after hearing Hogan say it out loud – this doesn’t seem like password security at its finest.

Bits and Pieces

  • The Doctor’s enthusiasm for having a segment on A Briefing With Neelix is just a foretaste of his later dabblings in the performing arts.

Lost shuttlecraft running total: 4

Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 3

Summary – Investigations: In which Chakotay feels upset to be left out, and Neelix kills a man.

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