The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Fury

 

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Nearly three years after she left Voyager, Kes is back – and she’s angry. She blames Voyager and Janeway for leaving her on her own, and is determined to both get revenge and rescue her past self.

After a spate of dull episodes, I was looking forward to the more memorable Fury – until I remembered that I don’t actually like this episode. I was happy with Kes’ send-off in season four, and was content to imagine her happily exploring a higher plane of existence alongside the likes of Wesley Crusher and The Traveller. So, whilst I appreciate the writers’ attempts to subvert our expectations by bringing us Angry Kes, I don’t really like it.

Nor do I like the fact that this episode suddenly kicks Voyager into an alternate timeline – not a very different one, to be sure, and not the first time such a thing has happened, but I’m still not a fan. I’m one of the few people who actually likes Kes, but even I can’t get on board with this episode. Jennifer Lien is basically phoning it in the whole time, so seeing her play both her past and present self has value purely in nostalgia.

Points of Note

  • The bulk of this episode takes place 56 days into Voyager’s journey, thus placing it in season one.
  • Janeway says that Tuvok is coming up to the “big three digits”, but at this point he is already 102. Maybe she meant Vulcan years rather than Earth years, or she simply got his age wrong. Tuvok was obviously too polite to correct her.
  • Even though past Tuvok is correctly referred to as Lieutenant, he still has a lieutenant commander’s pips. However, given that he often had the incorrect pips in the real season one, maybe this is in fact accurate.
  • The Doctor mentions that Ensign Wildman’s pregnancy will last longer than usual because her child is half-Ktarian. This explains why she didn’t give birth until season two despite getting pregnant before the series began.
  • Couldn’t Kes have gone back to her first day on Voyager and stopped her past self from going with the ship right from the start? If she wanted revenge as well, she could have helped the Kazon destroy the ship. Maybe she wanted to make the extra effort because getting the crew’s organs harvested by the Vidiians seemed like a much worse fate.
  • Then again, surely Kes could use her amazing mental powers to torture the Voyager crew as much as she liked if she really wanted to. She could boil their blood, or rip them apart molecule by molecule. Maybe she couldn’t quite bring herself to do that – even though she was okay with killing B’Elanna at the start of the episode.s
  • “Faster than light, no left or right” is apparently one of the first rules of piloting at warp – namely, that you can rip a ship apart by doing a course correction at warp. Has this ever been a thing before? I realise we mostly see the ships on screen doing their manoeuvres at impulse, but I’m pretty sure no one’s ever cared about restrictions on what you can do at warp.
  • Similarly, Tom seems upset that autopilot will be used for flying through the subspace vacuoles. Given how widely autopilot and fly-by-wire systems are used in modern aircraft, it would surprise me if Voyager didn’t use such technology. Basically, I don’t thinking Tom is flying the ship through the vastness of space completely unassisted.
  • Janeway’s cautionary Academy tale about a cadet sleeping with a beautiful Risian women and getting an organ stolen is apparently told to every cadet when “he” starts. Hang on, Janeway, you of all people know that some cadets are women.
  • The past Doctor mentions that he has been considering Schweitzer as a name for himself. He used this name in Heroes and Demons.
  • Kes looks much older in this episode at seven (almost eight) years old than she did at nine years old in Before and After. Maybe exercising her powers aged her faster – though for the Ocampa in Cold Fire, it seemed to slow their aging.
  • When old Kes gets back to Ocampa, pretty much everyone she knew and grew up will be dead.

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 – Fury: Kes is back, and she’s mad.

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