Upon returning from a two-week away mission, Neelix, Chakotay, Tom and Harry all find themselves experiencing memories of being soldiers involved in a bloody massacre of innocent civilians. Could they have been conscripted and forced to fight in an alien war?
Despite being the bastard offspring of The Inner Light, Remember and Nemesis, Memorial actually just about manages to establish an identity of its own. You might think, given that the protagonists of the various series have been through so much, that you wouldn’t really need a gimmick to introduce the topic of PTSD, but ultimately it’s good that it gets explored at all. And whilst it might seem an extreme step to force memories of events they never experienced onto any passing alien, it also makes a good point about how we mustn’t neglect or gloss over such events. Would reading about an alien massacre really resonate with anyone, and make them think differently about their lives? Then again, were the crew of Voyager ever going to murder civilians anyway? How do you get the message out without further damaging and traumatising your audience? What is a sensible middle ground?
Points of Note
- I feel a bit sorry for B’Elanna – she built Tom a 1950s style television set, and then he promptly starts ignoring her in favour of his new toy.
- Harry says he is looking forward to a nice, hot, shower – are sonic showers warm? I guess they could well be, since the sound waves could have a warming effect.
- Why does Neelix have a phaser in the galley? This seems like a recipe for disaster.
Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 16
Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 10
Number of times the entire crew gets enslaved or kicked off the ship: 3
Number of times a version of Voyager gets destroyed: 5
Summary – Memorial: Never forget.