The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Displaced

One by one, members of Voyager’s crew are disappearing – and in their place, members of the Nyrian race have started appearing aboard the ship. The Nyrians claim to be just as mystified as the Voyager crew about why this is happening, but Captain Janeway has her suspicions – suspicions that are only confirmed when most of the crew has already gone. Now, Voyager is in the hands of the Nyrians, and the crew is trapped in a holographic habitat. Will they ever be able to reclaim their ship?

The closing episodes of season three are generally a strong batch, but Displaced is the weakest of the bunch. It’s not a particularly bad episode, but nor does it throw up any surprises – right from the start the astute viewer will be aware that the Nyrians are not as innocent as they seem, and that Voyager’s lack of security will enable them to take over the ship. Equally, we know that the Voyager crew will soon get themselves out of their predicament; this isn’t the first time they all get kicked off the ship, and it won’t be the last, but this time they don’t have a two-parter in which to resolve the story.

Points of Note

  • At the start of the episode, Torres and Paris have just been doing Klingon martial arts on the holodeck. Paris got Torres to accompany him after she lost a bet in Distant Origin.
  • Klingons are apparently ill-equipped to deal with the cold, even though in the past they’ve seemed fine in locations such as Rura Penthe. I guess we do mostly see them in warm, heated caves, or working up a sweat in battle.
  • Tuvok apparently had to survive in the desert for four months by himself as part of a Vulcan rite. What is it with alien races and their rites of hardship?
  • Apparently “bypassing security” is the same as pressing random glyphs on an alien keypad until something works.
  • Isn’t it lucky that the first portal The Doctor found led to the control room, and not to another alien environment?

Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 7

Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 5

Number of times the entire crew gets kicked off the ship: 2

Number of times Voyager gets destroyed: 1

Summary – Displaced: In which security in the 24th century is proven to be as poor as ever.

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