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|STAR TREK: VOYAGER|
|Episode: F10||First aired: 1 Dec 1999 (UPN)||Reviewed by
| Show me the way to go home
Flaky veteran of Star Trek: The Next Generation Barclay is at it again. Hes created a holographic version of Voyager, and become obsessed with contacting the errant ship. His problems are effecting his work, but help is at hand, in the form of Councillor Deanna Troi.
This really is an episode of TNG in Voyagers place, like it or not. Voyager itself becomes the McGuffin of the plot, and it all really focuses on Barclays attempt to reach the ship via a dubious method of opening a mini-wormhole to enable communication.
In truth, both Marina Sirtis and Dwight Schultz slip easily back in their previous guises, but their banter takes up most of the first half of the episode making it ploddy and weighted down in its own tale. Thus, the reunion is not as sweet as it could be. What does make a nice change is that Barclay is given the lions share of the action rather than Troi, and Schultz does give it his all.
Pathfinder follows every single one of the dramatic markers set for episodic television, thus you will be able to guess whether Star Fleet make contact long before the climax. Still, despite the predictability, the finale does manage to bring a lump to the throat as Voyager gets just that little closer to home.
One glaring plot hole how did Barclay extrapolate Voyagers position when, not a week before, they were twanged a great distance by the space catapult? Oh, and the use of the transwarp coil from Dark Frontier. And the trip in Timeless. And then theres the
|BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER|
|Episode: D10||First aired: 14 Dec 1999 (WB) /
10 Mar 2000 (Sky)
A story promoted as having no dialogue for half its duration sounds an insane risk, especially for a series famed for high-quality banter. But Joss Whedon not only gets away with it; in Hush, hes penned and directed one of Buffys finest hours.
Buffy and Riley lament their inability to discuss their secret lives while growing closer; Anya berates Xander for not talking about his feelings. At her Wicca group, Willows suggestions fall on deaf ears to all but one, Tara. Giless friend Olivia is visiting, requiring minimal small talk; Xander, Spikes grudging host, is soon begging the vampire to shut up. Naturally, the theme is communication.
Buffys dreams of Riley turn to premonition when a girl appears, chanting a rhyme about The Gentlemen. Giles cant place the reference, but next day all of Sunnydale wakes up voiceless. At night, The Gentlemen start hunting their prey. Grinning cadavers in suits, their eerie gliding is possibly the creepiest sight weve ever seen in Sunnydale. Soon their scalpels are being wielded on silent victims
As well as providing an outstandingly dramatic episode, Whedons script offers a wealth of hilarious character detail for his silenced cast to gesture with.
He also parallels the lives of Buffy and Riley such that their acknowledged need to talk after an epic struggle in The Gentlemens spooky clock-tower lair becomes a cliff-hanger in itself. Hush richly deserves its maximum points.
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