When B’Elanna Torres crashes on a planet with a primitive culture, she is found by a local playwright, who uses Voyager’s logs as an inspiration for his latest work. In return for the resources she needs to fix the Delta Flyer, B’Elanna must help him script his next Voyager story.
Whilst it would be cruel to list Muse amongst the downright terrible episodes of Voyager, it surely deserves a place amongst the dullest. We’re late into season six now, and it feels like the writers are grubbing around for ideas, returning to things that they maybe rejected as too ridiculous before.
To be honest, if we start thinking back over all the other times Starfleet personnel have been stranded on less developed planets, then maybe the idea of a play about Voyager is no worse than the events of The Storyteller or Who Watches the Watchers? But in this case, there isn’t even any good characterisation to carry us through. I appreciate the attempt to break the reliance on The Doctor and Seven of Nine, and to do something a bit different with B’Elanna, but ultimately, it doesn’t work. B’Elanna refuses to engage with events right until the end, whilst all the one-off characters are shallow and one-dimensional. We have the idealistic and naive playwright, his irrationally jealous female friends, and a troupe of players attempting to play the Voyager crew. Yawn.
Points of Note
- Whither Prime Directive? Yes, B’Elanna does some damage limitation by saying she’s come by sailing ship from another island, but Kelis and Lanya both see the Delta Flyer, and everyone at the play sees B’Elanna beam up.
- Did Voyager bother to retrieve Harry’s escape pod? I hope so, or else it will eventually be discovered by the natives.
- This Class-L planet seems pretty much as habitable as a normal Class-M planet.
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 – Muse: The play’s the thing, in which to see the adventures of B’Elanna Torres.