The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Live Fast and Prosper

A trio of scammers has been going around the Delta Quadrant claiming to be Janeway, Tuvok and Chakotay of the Federation starship Voyager. When the real Voyager runs into some of the victims of their scams, Janeway decides to bring the impostors to justice.

Live Fast and Prosper is exactly the kind of episode that comes along when a series has been running for a while. It’s the standard “impostors pretending to be the main characters” storyline, and it proceeds in exactly the way you’d expect, packed with every trope imaginable. It’s still reasonably entertaining – especially the guy who comes to believe he is Tuvok – but don’t expect anything amazing or original.

Points of Note

  • In both this episode and Ashes to Ashes, Tom and Harry edit one of Tuvok’s holodeck programs. As chief of security, surely Tuvok knows better than anyone to password protect his holodeck programs?
  • Similarly, why is it so easy for Dala and Mobar to download the Delta Flyer’s database? Yes, they’re scammers so they’re probably more skilled than most, but Voyager’s technology should easily be superior to their hacking abilities.
  • Even though Vulcans supposedly cannot lie and never lie, Tuvok is reasonably adept at improvising when Janeway puts him on the spot.

Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 17

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 – Live Fast and Prosper: Janeway meets Fake Janeway.

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