The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Concerning Flight

When Voyager is attacked by alien ships, their adversaries beam a number of items off the ship, including both the Doctor’s mobile emitter and the ship’s main computer processor. Whilst attempting to track down the stolen items, Janeway is surprised to come face to face with none other than the Leonardo da Vinci hologram, who has been downloaded into the mobile emitter. Da Vinci claims that he is working for a new patron – who may be the very person who now owns Voyager’s stolen computer.

There are times when it feels like an entire episode has been written for a single scene, and Concerning Flight is one of them. The entire episode is basically leading up to the point when Janeway and da Vinci to take a spin on one of his flying machines, with the rest of the episode merely leading them to the right place at the right time.

That being said, on the whole, Concerning Flight is not too terrible. Not that it’s particularly good either, but it was less unbearable than I feared. Da Vinci is a bit too bombastic and over the top to be particularly likeable, and the main plot wraps up all too easily once he and Janeway have finished dicking about, but overall it’s at least reasonably entertaining. It’s a bit of light fluff to act as respite to the heavier stuff this season has thrown at us so far.

Points of Note

  • Is Voyager’s computer really dependent on a single ‘processor’? Surely Starfleet has a good system of backups and distributed computing nodes in case something fails. For that matter, what was keeping the ship running whilst the computer was gone?
  • This is the da Vinci hologram’s second and final appearance, although his workshop will appear one more time later this season.
  • Janeway recalls that James T Kirk said he had met da Vinci, although she doubts the veracity of that claim. Way back in Requiem for Methuselah, Kirk met Flint, an immortal human who had lived under many identities on Earth, including that of da Vinci. Kirk had promised never to tell anyone else about Flint, but perhaps he once drunkenly boasted of that fact to a junior officer who subsequently passed said anecdote down through the generations.

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: 2

Summary – Concerning Flight: An entire episode just to let Janeway and da Vinci go flying.

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