The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Bliss

When Seven of Nine returns from an away mission, she is surprised to discover that the crew are excited about finding a wormhole that leads all the way back to Earth. What’s more, an examination of the crew logs reveal that their initial caution and suspicion has been entirely replaced with almost implausible levels of enthusiasm. And when Seven’s efforts to investigate are hampered at every turn, she becomes even more convinced that something is wrong.

Bliss is in many ways the archetypal Star Trek episode, and for that reason, it’s not particularly memorable. In a galaxy packed to the rafters with hostile spaceborne lieforms, it’s hard for this one to stand out as anything special. When you add the old “our ship only survived because we had a Borg/hologram/android/special person” on board, then Bliss really isn’t pushing any boundaries. Yes, the character of Qatai, the Ahab of this piece, adds a welcome dose of grumpy cynicism, but to counter that we have to put up with Naomi Wildman.

Points of Note

  • So caught up is Janeway in the illusion that she accepts that Mark might have broken off his engagement to his new partner, even though he had already got married. Then again, B’Elanna believes that the Maquis are alive after all, so clearly consistency with reality didn’t really matter to them.
  • Paris manages to demonstrate that his job is so easy even a child could do it.
  • Has Naomi even been on the surface of a planet since she was a baby in Basics?
  • The solution of getting the alien life form to reject Voyager by making it ‘taste bad’ is a lot like when the Enterprise-D had to ‘sour the milk’ to stop a spaceborne alien feeding from it way back in Galaxy’s Child.

Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 14

Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 9

Number of times the entire crew gets enslaved or kicked off the ship: 3

Number of times Voyager gets destroyed: 3

Summary – Bliss: In which Seven of Nine must save the day yet again.

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