The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Resolutions

When Janeway and Chakotay are infected with a potentially deadly virus, the only mitigation is for them to remain on a planet whose atmosphere will stop them from developing symptoms. Whilst Chakotay swiftly adapts to their new life, Janeway can’t help but hang on to the hope that she might find a cure. Meanwhile, the crew tries to persuade Tuvok that he should defy Janeway’s standing orders and contact the Vidiians for a cure.

Buoyed on the wave of nostalgia that has ensured I’ve enjoyed the last batch of episodes, I was fully expecting to feel a general positivity towards Resolutions as well. Unfortunately, it couldn’t last.

When I first saw this episode way back when, I remember thinking that it was a nice exploration of Janeway and Chakotay’s characters, and a good way to wrap the “do they fancy each other, and will they ever be able to do anything about it?” thread. But without Star Trek magazine and the like pushing that possibility in their articles, the episodes on their own don’t really foster a great deal of sexual tension between the captain and first officer. And without that, the bulk of the episode is just “Janeway and Chakotay play house for a bit” – complete with an irritating monkey.

Meanwhile, on Voyager, Tuvok spends his time doing the inflexible Vulcan thing, thus getting the crew’s collective backs up, and seemingly dooming Janeway and Chakotay to being left behind forever. Of course, he changes his mind after realising the value of disobeying orders, but it’s all too reminiscent of the only “Spock in charge” plot that was ever used.

Character points

  • Janeway’s family was very keen to keep the spirit of their pioneering ancestors alive, and encouraged Janeway to accompany them on camping trips and on garden work. Janeway hated this, as she would rather have been studying science.
  • Even though Janeway is primarily a physicist and astronomer, she seems confident that she can master virology as well – even succeeding where The Doctor has failed.
  • Chakotay is remarkably skilled at building structures.
  • Does Tuvok really have the right stuff to be captain? In the absence of Janeway and Chakotay, he is the next in line, and I can’t think of anyone aboard better suited to the task – but that doesn’t mean he’s good at the job.
    Let’s think for a moment – Tuvok is over 100 years old and has been a Starfleet officer for decades, yet he is still only a lieutenant. Even Troi managed to get promoted to full commander in much less time! To be fair, for much of that time, Tuvok was an instructor at the Academy, but clearly he doesn’t crave high rank or command. And it may be that he’s just not cut out for it.
    Is it unfair to Vulcans that they are always portrayed as being too rigid and inflexible to be as good a leader as a human? We’ve seen Vulcan captains and admirals, but those Vulcan captains were usually in command of ships crewed entirely by Vulcans. Surely Vulcans are smart enough to be captains of mixed-species ships, or are we saying that, in this enlightened future, humans are inherently superior?
  • In Prime Factors, Tuvok was all about breaking the rules so that Janeway wouldn’t have to, yet here he rigidly adheres to Janeway’s orders for the majority of the episode.

Other Points

  • One from the last episode – do Tuvok and Neelix retain Tuvix’s memories? One rather hopes they don’t, as it would be awkward for all concerned.
  • Since Voyager is perpetually short on vital resources, why don’t they beam up Janeway and Chakotay’s supplies at the end? What’s the point of packing it all up and then leaving it behind? For one thing, they sent a replicator down there, and that’s technology they’ve just spent months trying to keep out of the hands of the Kazon. They probably shouldn’t leave it unattended.
  • I am, however, going to assume that Janeway and Chakotay’s shuttle was retrieved.
  • It seems understandable that the Vidiians should hate Voyager by this point. Janeway threatened them in Phage and destroyed their ship in Deadlock. Yes, they are organ harvesters, but they have certainly gone from weak and apologetic to overwhelmingly powerful.

Lost shuttlecraft running total: 4

Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 3

Number of times Voyager gets destroyed: 1

Summary – Resolutions: In which Janeway and Chakotay are alone together for twelve weeks and don’t have sex.

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