When Voyager reaches the region of space known as the Nekrit Expanse, they also reach the edge of Neelix’s knowledge of the Delta Quadrant. Afraid for his future as a member of Voyager’s crew, Neelix decides he must obtain a map of the Nekrit Expanse, and he’s prepared to enter into some very dodgy dealings to get it.
Every so often, we have to endure a Neelix episode, and this is one of those times. If Neelix were a more likeable character, I might be more invested in his crisis of confidence, but instead, this episode just brings us twice the Talaxian. Neelix is so desperate to still be useful to the ship that he falls in with an old friend, Wixiban, who is the classic bounder and rogue – a man who has so obviously not mended his ways that it’s only a matter of time before he leads Neelix astray. It’s a very predictable, on-the-rails storyline, and not a particularly exciting one.
Points of Note
- Janeway tells Neelix that the first duty of any Starfleet officer is to the truth, echoing Picard’s speech to Wesley in The First Duty.
- This episode marks the introduction the Vulcan Ensign Vorik, who will come to the forefront in Blood Fever.
- This episode was meant to include a scene that properly ended the relationship between Neelix and Kes, but said scene was cut.
- Bahrat’s cryogenic suspension punishment doesn’t seem like a very good punishment method – he has to find space to hold offenders, and whilst they are in suspension, they can’t earn the money they need to pay him back. It only really works as long as it’s a deterrent that people want to avoid at all costs.
Lost shuttlecraft running total: 5
Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 4
Number of times Voyager gets destroyed: 1
Summary – Fair Trade: In which Neelix offers to leave the ship, but Janeway doesn’t accept.