Date: July 22, 2021
Season 7, Episode 14
Music Video of the Day:
Interstellar News: In one week, I’ll be attending Galaxy Con in Raleigh, NC… and I’m SUPER STOKED. I’ll likely be cosplaying Lady Riddler, Season 1 Klaus from The Umbrella Academy, Wednesday Addams, and Marty McFly.
TL;DR: Seven prepares dinner for some of the senior staff when a gravitron surge pulls them into an area devoid of stars and full of enemies, some who steal vital supplies. A General Valen welcomes them and explains where they are while Seven finds a stowaway whom the EMH names Fantome after he learns how to communicate with them. Janeway begins an alliance, like the Federation, that survives on cooperation not intimidation. She has to kick out one member, but her and a few other ships make it out of the void… along with help from Fantome and his friends.
Neelix: Pinot noir, Commander?
Chakotay: I’ll have another glass of the Chardonnay.
Seven of Nine: Each course has been paired with a specific wine. Substitutions are not recommended.
Chakotay: The Pinot noir sounds perfect.I will admit, I’m very much like Seven when I prepare a meal… I put a lot of thought into it and want folks to try it as prepared before adding ingredients or making alterations.
“The Charter’s a statement of principles, not a practical document. There’s no section on how to exist in a Void.”: The Void is very similar to the area of space that was covered in “Night” as are the aliens that are native to the area. We also see a reappearance of the aliens from “Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy“. This is another episode, much like “Caretaker” and so many others, where Janeway is all about her principles first. Cooperation and tolerance do go a long way, and in the end she’s victorious, but I wonder how well that holds up in real life. I understand this is a fictional show but I’m also wondering if always choosing the high road really does pay off in the end or do nice people really finish last? I’d like to think I would have made the same decision in her shoes, but it’s also hard to say because I’ve never been to space and never have had to survive in an area with no resources. I don’t hate this episode. I love Fantome and his friends, especially since the EMH was able to communicate through music and figure out their language and it was the crew’s kindness to the aliens that allowed them all to escape. I think this earns itself 6 minutes of “All About Soul” by my main man, Billy Joel.