The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Remember

Whilst transporting a group of Enarans back to their homeworld, B’Elanna begins to experience vivid dreams of an affair with a man she has never met. When the crew learn that the Enarans have the telepathic ability to transfer their memories to another person, it seems as if B’Elanna must be experiencing something from the past of one of their passengers – but who? And why is it so important that they share what they’ve seen?

Remember wasn’t a particularly memorable episode for me, so I didn’t really have high hopes for it. That being said, once I’d finished rewatching it, I revised my opinion – this is a good episode, and a classic Star Trek story. In fact, it was originally intended to be a TNG script, and that’s exactly what it feels like.

Had this been TNG, it would of course been Troi who experienced any psychic weirdness that was to be had, so it’s nice to have this story with a completely different character – B’Elanna Torres. Torres isn’t a telepath, or a counsellor, or a nurturing sort of person – she’s utterly kickass and fierce, and so when she gets a cause between her teeth, there’s no backing down. I enjoyed the way the dreams unfolded from being a bit of fun sexytime to the revelation that Korenna had actually been complicit in genocide. In typical Star Trek fashion, of course Voyager can’t directly interfere, but they can do just enough to ensure that the right thing gets done once they fly off into the sunset.

Points of Note

  • One from the previous episode – Voyager was pretty profligate with its three photon bursts just to put on a light show, given that photon torpedoes are meant to be in short supply.
  • Janeway says to Tuvok, “I wonder how long it’s been since I did anything that surprised you”, when just two episodes earlier, Tuvok claimed surprise at Janeway’s actions. That being said, this episode has an earlier production order and stardate than The Swarm.
  • Isn’t it convenient that Korenna decided to share her memories with another woman, so that the show could avoid the sight of two men getting it on?
  • Sometimes it seems like whenever Voyager meets a race who seem genteel, civilised and “their kind of people”, that race turns out to be complete bastards. There were the Trabe, who oppressed the Kazon for generations, and then wanted to kill all the Kazon leaders, and now the Enarans, who committed genocide. I guess the Sikarians weren’t bad people, but of course they were ultimately too hedonistic for Starfleet tastes.

Lost shuttlecraft running total: 4

Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 3

Number of times Voyager gets destroyed: 1

Summary – Remember: In which an unmade TNG story finds a good home with the Voyager crew.

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