Something’s amiss aboard Voyager. Tom and B’Elanna can barely keep their hands off each other, whilst Janeway is suffering from terrible headaches that make her grumpy and irritable. But when mysterious symptoms start escalating amongst the rest of the crew, The Doctor and Seven discover that Voyager has become a massive test facility for a group of aliens with the ability to tinker with DNA.
Scientific Method is essentially Voyager’s take on TNG’s Schisms, both being episodes in which the crew become medical test subjects without their knowledge or prior consent. This episode is definitely less creepy than Schisms, but it is also better done; yes, it’s the first of the episodes where only Seven and The Doctor can save the day, but it’s still a decent story in its own right. Not only do we get a good dose of mystery and horror, but we also get to see Janeway at her most ferocious and protective of the crew – albeit because the aliens have whipped her up into a really bad mood.
Bits and Pieces
• We learn that Neelix is not a full-blooded Talaxian; in fact, he is one eighth Mylean. For some reason, the Myleans do not seem to have flexible spines.
• Given that no one on Voyager is Srivani, how much good will their research do? I guess that they gain a greater understanding of DNA and its expression by studying many different races.
• Even after over three years in the Delta Quadrant, there’s no one more qualified to assist The Doctor than Tom Paris. Just train up some ensigns to be medical assistants, and let Tom concentrate on the high priority task of, you know, flying the ship.
Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 11
Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 7
Number of times the entire crew gets kicked off the ship: 2
Number of times Voyager gets destroyed: 1
Summary – Scientific Method: In which the crew become lab rats in an alien experiment.