Something doesn’t seem quite right with Captain Janeway. Why would the same captain who has fought against every obstacle to get home now be content to surrender the ship’s warp core and have the crew settle on the nearest M-class planet? But what the crew don’t know is that ‘Janeway’ is actually The Doctor in disguise, and that he is being coerced into helping the aliens who captured the real Janeway.
I’m not sure if there’s any obligation for the penultimate episode of a series to be any good, but if there is, then Renaissance Man doesn’t really fit the bill. I guess it’s meant to be an amusing comedy of errors, with The Doctor forced to take on ever more personas, but I just found myself wishing for it to be over. The aliens seem about as competent as the Pakled, whilst Voyager’s continuing lack of security stretches the bounds of belief. The only thing I really took away from this episode was that there’s something a bit sexy about close ups of Starfleet officers’ calves and ankles in those boots.
Points of Note
- As Janeway, The Doctor mentions the edge of the Beta Quadrant, indicating the Voyager might be on the Delta/Beta Quadrant border.
- Crewman Ayala, who has been loyally hanging round in the background of many scenes throughout the series, finally gets a speaking role in this episode. He also gets a red uniform instead of his usual yellow.
- Even though Seven of Nine promised to help The Doctor add security protections to his program, The Hierarchy are still able to log into his perceptual subroutines and later alter his appearance.
Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 18
Destroyed Delta Flyer running total: 1
Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 11
Number of times the entire crew gets enslaved or kicked off the ship: 4.5
Number of times a version of Voyager gets destroyed: 5
Summary – Renaissance Man: Voyager tiredly drags itself towards the finish line.