Voyager has become ensnared in ‘chaotic space’, a region where the normal laws of physics don’t apply. Their only hope of escape is to make contact with the aliens who live there, but the only way that the aliens can communicate is through inducing Chakotay to experience hallucinations. Can Chakotay endure the visions for long enough to understand their message?
One doesn’t really expect much from an episode entitled ‘The Fight’ – indeed, my occasional viewing companion dislikes it so much that he refused to watch it at all, and made us watch Think Tank instead. That being said, whilst this is far from a great episode, I think Star Trek has done a lot worse in its time. The Fight is definitely more pedestrian than it is outright awful.
Whilst I care little for Chakotay’s boxing-based hallucinations, the one thing I do appreciate about this episode is how it explores his fears – his worry that the his family’s inherited mental illness could affect him. Chakotay saw his own grandfather turn into a ‘crazy old man’, and he is terrified that the same could happen to him. Contrast with Janeway, who harshly tells Chakotay that his sanity won’t do him much good if they’re stuck in chaotic space.
As for the rest of the episode, well, I could take it or leave it. I mean, it’s not like we haven’t seen bizarre aliens living in odd areas of space-time before – I’m pretty blasé about the whole situation by this point. Besides, when they aliens do finally communicate, it’s pretty much a rip-off of DS9’s Prophets – hell, it’s not even the first time we’ve seen fake Boothby!
Points of Note
- If the laws of physics don’t work in chaotic space, how come they still work inside Voyager?
- In In the Flesh, I got the impression that Chakotay didn’t know Boothby. Here it turns out that Boothby was his boxing mentor.
Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 15
Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 9
Number of times the entire crew gets enslaved or kicked off the ship: 3
Number of times a version of Voyager gets destroyed: 4
Summary – The Fight: Begin round one.