Date: November 12, 2020
Season 4, Episode 3
Musical Accompaniment: The Elder Scrolls ultimate compilation
Interstellar News: Today was a good day to not die. Seriously, there was all kinds of flooding and car accidents and I am very happy to be alive.
TL;DR: Seven requests a duty assignment and is put in Engineering, much to the chagrin of Torres. The Caatati approach, heavily damaged, and they ask for provisions. Torres is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Day of Honor, but Neelix encourages her to go for it. She attempts the ceremony but gets into a fight with the holo-characters and then in one with Paris. Seven helps them to develop a transwarp conduit but there’s a problem and they have to evacuate engineering and dump the warp core. Torres and Paris go after it but the Caatati tractor it first and blow up the shuttle, so they are stuck in spacesuits and need to await Voyager to rescue them. Their suits are damaged, they have to share oxygen, and Torres admits she’s in love with Paris. The Caatati try to blackmail Janeway into more supplies in exchange for the warp core, but Seven saves the day by recreating a way for them to self-sustain themselves. Voyager rescues Paris and Torres in the nick of time.
Paris: When we first met, you didn’t have a very high opinion of me.
Torres: That’s putting it mildly. I thought you were an arrogant, self- absorbed pig.
Paris: Flattery won’t get you any more oxygen. Do you think I’ve changed?
Torres: A lot. Now you’re a stubborn domineering pig. I’m just kidding.Torres and Paris are hours away from death, but they hold no punches.
“I am not accustomed to thinking that way.”: This episode has a lot of threads that all come together nicely. Torres is having a bad day but everyone around her tries to help. Unfortunately those people are Seven of Nine, who doesn’t have a grasp on humanity yet, Paris, who keeps trying to be close to her and she keeps pushing him away, and Neelix, who dubbed himself the morale officer. Neelix, however, gets the job done by making blood pie and knowing when the special holidays are for each crew member. I love that Torres wants to participate and then decides it’s stupid and fights her way out. She’s been working on her temper so much it’s nice to see her flexing her Klingon muscles. Just because it’s not human, doesn’t mean it’s bad. I was suspicious of the Caatati right away and my suspicions were proved right when they turned into blackmailing bastages and thugs. I am finding that I really enjoy Seven of Nine, because she’s the best of Spock, Data, Odo, and even Tuvok… but female and kicking ass in heels. I thought this was a neat episode that also helped along the ongoing plots of love and loss in the Delta Quadrant. 6 marinated lamb chops for this episode, yummy yummies.