The Great Star Trek Voyager Rewatch: Repression

For six years, the Starfleet and Maquis members of the Voyager crew have put aside their differences and worked together towards a common goal. But now someone is attacking the former Maquis, and all the old tensions start flaring up again. Can Tuvok find the culprit before things get out of hand?

Back in the early days, the Voyager writers completely missed an opportunity to develop the relationship between the Maquis and Starfleet crews, resolving tensions all too quickly. Repression comes across as a last ditch attempt to fan those flames, coming years after we all stopped caring. By the time Chakotay and the Maquis take over the ship, I was just hopeful that the whole sorry affair would be over soon.

I suppose I should be glad that we get Tuvok as the primary character instead of The Doctor or Seven of Nine, but there’s little originality to his role here. We’ve seen him investigate crimes aboard Voyager before, and we’ve seen him go crazy because of his telepathic abilities – this episode adds nothing to Voyager as a whole.

Points of Note

  • This ‘negative photons’ technique of seeing afterimages on the holodeck seems quite useful, so why has it never been used before? It might have been useful in tracking down Ibudan’s killer in A Man Alone, for example.
  • Crewman Chell, last seen in season one’s Learning Curve, makes a return appearance in this episode. We don’t see his fellow Learning Curve Maquis Dalby and Henley, though.
  • One from the last episode – B’Elanna says Tom was expelled from the Academy. In fact, he was dishonourably discharged after he graduated – it was B’Elanna who didn’t make it through the Academy.

Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 17

Destroyed Delta Flyer running total: 1

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 – Repression: In which the writers try to dredge up the Maquis as a thing, and no one cares.

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