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|Y = Yes, watch it; S = Skip if it doesn't interest you; N = Don't watch. This one is just bad. (Totals: 94 Y, 48 S, 21 N)||Random Trek (the podcast)|
|Season-Ep||Title||Watch?||Character focus||IMDB||Podcast Episode Number||Date aired|
|1-1||Caretaker||Y||How they got into this mess. You don't skip the premiere episode.||7.2||1995-01-16||Pass|
|1-3||Parallax||Y||Crew integration issues; Torres named chief engineer||Torres||7.1||79||1995-01-23||Pass|
|1-4||Time and Again||S||Interesting premise, but not compelling.||Paris, Janeway||7.1||73||1995-01-30||Pass|
|1-5||Phage||Y||The scary Vidiians' first appearance. Also Janeway kicks butt.||7.1||16||1995-02-06||Pass|
|1-6||The Cloud||N||Classic Trek first contact misunderstanding and attempt to rectify.||6.4||1995-02-13||Pass|
|1-7||Eye of the Needle||Y|
Interesting premise, first wormhole. Wormholes are a way to get back to the Alpha Quadrant in theory. Expect to see more of them.
|1-8||Ex Post Facto||N||Tom Paris, murder mystery. Oh dear. Rashomon comes to Star Trek.||Paris||6.6||1995-02-27||Fail|
|1-9||Emanations||N||Harry Kim episode; planet of corpses; weird suicide culture. Kill me now.||Kim||6.6||1995-03-13||Pass|
Crew going against orders, Janeway shows her mettle, even when being wooed by weird pony-tailed alien.
|1-11||State of Flux||Y|
Bajoran Maquis crewmember Seska's true colors revealed; Awesome Janeway line: I don't like bullies and I don’t like you. (I do like Seska, however.)
|1-12||Heroes and Demons||Y||Fun doctor episode, holodeck shenanigans. Come on: Beowulf in the Delta Quadrant!||Doctor||6.7||1995-04-24||Pass|
Native American stuff. Which should have been more interesting, but it’s not. Fair criticism of VOY.
Vidiians capture Torres, Paris; Torres struggles with Klingon vs. human nature. I love this episode. Vidiians are cool—and horrible.
Neelix episode, reuniting him with genocidal doctor that destroyed his people. Big message here...but it’s a Neelix episode.
Tuvok vs. Maquis crew. Classic Trek, if fairly predictable. Fans of Bolians, this is for you.
Just silly. Do not watch under any circumstances. Season 1 came to a premature end. Consider S1 and S2 to be one season.
|2-2||Initiations||S||Kazon stuff, Chakotay episode, Nog from DS9 guest stars as an Kazon initiate.||Chakotay||6.5||30||1995-09-04||Pass|
Reg Barclay (TNG) shows up in the first of a series of appearances. Holodeck shenanigans, deceiving the Doctor into believing he’s Lewis Zimmerman, his creator.
|2-4||Elogium||N||Babies + reproduction + Neelix issues = Nope.||Neelix, Kes||5.9||83||1995-09-18||Pass|
|2-5||Non Sequitur||Y||Cool premise. Even if you don’t like Kim or Paris, alternative realities are fun!||Kim, Paris||7.0||1995-09-25||Pass|
Kind of slow; a spatial distortion seems bound to tear about Voyager. What happens if the solution is to do nothing?
|2-7||Parturition||N||Neelix and Paris fight over Kes, survive an away mission together||Neelix, Paris||6.3||1995-10-09||Pass|
|2-8||Persistence of Vision||N||Holodeck shenanigans and malevolent aliens with mind-altering powers.||Janeway, Kes||6.9||1995-10-30||Pass|
|2-9||Tattoo||N||Chakotay Native American stuff||Chakotay||6.2||1995-11-06||Pass|
|2-10||Cold Fire||Y||Female Caretaker and community of Ocampa.||Kes||7.2||1995-11-13||Pass|
|2-11||Maneuvers||Y||Kazon/Seska steal transporter, good Janeway moments||7.2||139||1995-11-20||Pass|
|2-12||Resistance||S||Corny Janeway away mission episode in classic Trek mode; Joel Grey guest stars.||Janeway||7.0||1995-11-27||Fail|
|2-13||Prototype||Y||Torres the Engineer shines, creepy premise about androids needing a mechanic.||Torres||7.5||165||1996-01-15||Pass|
Janeway negotiates a truce between the various Kazon sects. We are close to being done with the Kazon, so bear with me here.
Paris & Janeway turned into lizards.Your regret will have no bounds if you watch this. ("Single worst episode of the Trek franchise." - @jgamet)
|2-16||Meld||Y||Brad Dourif guest stars as sociopath Betazoid Lon Suder; powerful, worth watching||Tuvok||7.9||1996-02-05||Fail|
Another installment of Torres the Galactically-Renowned Engineer. Tense and well-plotted
A Q (not The Q) wants to commit suicide; important Janeway episode. Often ranked in Top 10 Voyager lists.
|2-19||Lifesigns||Y||The Doctor falls in love with a Vidiian who needs medical help.||Doctor||7.4||1996-02-26||Pass|
|2-20||Investigations||Y||Traitor among the crew. A bit too much Neelix, but still a must watch episode.||7.4||1996-03-13||Pass|
Vidians attack and Voyager is split into to two mirror ships and crews. Fantastic episode.
|2-22||Innocence||S||Tuvok story, interesting premise||Tuvok||6.6||1996-04-08||Pass|
|2-23||The Thaw||Y||Weird, but Michael McKean is good; great Janeway finale.||7.3||168||1996-04-29||Pass|
Good guest actor, playing a melding of Tuvok and Neelix. Interesting premise. People hate this one but not me.
|2-25||Resolutions||Y||Janeway and Chakotay stranded; Tuvok seeks help from the Vidiians|
Tuvok, Janeway, Chakotay
|2-26||Basics, Part I||Y||The Kazon take over Voyager and leave the crew stranded.||7.8||1996-05-20||Pass|
|3-1||Basics, Part II||Y|
Brad Dourif is back as Lon Suder; from the brig, he can fight the Kazon. Great episode. The Doctor is A+.
Tuvok reminisces about serving with Sulu. George Takei and Grace Lee Whitney guest star.
Semi-interesting setting, but you have to like Paris and Kim. Which I do, more than most
|3-4||The Swarm||Y||Doctor episode, with Dr. Zimmerman helping out||Doctor||7.0||105||1996-09-25||Pass|
For Ferengi fans, featuring characters from TNG S3E8 who got stuck in the Delta Quadrant. (h/t @TalkingTV) Neelix is good as a Ferengi (a role Ethan Phillips also played in TNG S3E24 and ENT S1E19.)
|3-6||Remember||Y||Good Torres episode; romantic themes||Torres||7.1||1996-10-09||Pass|
|3-7||Sacred Ground||N||Kes episode, religious kerfuffle that Janeway must sort||Kes||5.6||1996-10-30||Fail|
|3-8||Future's End, Part I||Y|
Time travel to modern day LA. Ed Begley Jr. steals technology. Sarah Silverman is a geek.
|3-9||Future's End, Part II||Y||A bit of goofy fun||8.2||1996-11-13||Fail|
|3-10||Warlord||Y||Kes episode; gender bending ; Neelix breakup||Kes||6.7||1996-11-20||Pass|
|3-11||The Q and the Grey||S|
Suzie Plakson guest stars as Mrs. Q. Q needs a seminar in boundaries and sexual harassment.
|3-12||Macrocosm||S||Janeway as Sigourney Weaver in Alien, fighting creature of the week.||Janeway||7.2||1996-12-11||Pass|
|3-13||Fair Trade||S||Neelix episode; won an Emmy for Hairstying.||Neelix||6.7||1997-01-08||Fail|
|3-14||Alter Ego||S||Holodeck shenanigans; Harry falls for a holodeck character||Kim||6.6||1997-01-15||Pass|
|3-15||Coda||S||Janeway dies but resists the afterlife; Len Cariou guests as her dad.||Janeway||7.0||1997-01-29||Fail|
|3-16||Blood Fever||Y||Pon farr drama with Vorek, Torres and Paris. Hot stuff.||T'Elanna||7.2||1997-02-05||Pass|
|3-17||Unity||Y||First Borg episode; foreshadows introduction of Seven in Scorpion||7.8||1997-02-12||Pass|
|3-18||Darkling||S||Doctor-focused episode; he adds subroutines that make him evil.||Doctor||6.4||1997-02-19||Fail|
Tuvok and Neelix episode; the orbital tether setting is pretty cool. Watch it unless you are skipping all Neelix episodes.
|3-20||Favorite Son||N||Bizarre Kim episode. DO NOT WATCH, OR YOU'LL BE SORRY.||Kim||6.0||1997-03-19||Pass|
|3-21||Before and After||Y||Kes is jumping from future to past and back; a kind of prequel to Year of Hell||Kes||7.2||1997-04-09||Pass|
Very funny Doctor episode; he creates the perfect holodeck family, but Torres begs to differ.
Great episode; homage to Inherit The Wind; Earth dinosaurs linked to Delta Quadrant aliens.
Classic Trek formula; First outsmarted by aliens, Janeway turns the tables. Echoes of Menagerie.
|3-25||Worst Case Scenario||Y||Holonovel goes rogue, Seska is back.||8.1||1997-05-14||Pass|
|3-26||Scorpion, Part I||Y|
Introduction of Seven of Nine, as the Borg join forces with Voyager to battle Species 8472
|4-1||Scorpion, Part II||Y||" "||Seven||8.8||1997-09-03||Pass|
Evolution of Seven; Kes departs, first propelling Voyager many light years along in its voyage
|4-3||Day of Honor||Y||Paris/Torres episode; Seven evolution||T'Elanna||7.3||1997-09-17||Pass|
|4-4||Nemesis||S||Chakotay episode with an interesting story and twist||Chakotay||6.8||1997-09-24||Pass|
|4-5||Revulsion||Y||Great guest star: classic Seven/Kim interaction||Doctor, Torres||7.3||1997-10-01||Fail|
|4-6||The Raven||Y||Seven's parents' ship is discovered. Flashbacks to her pre- Borg life.||Seven||7.3||1997-10-08||Pass|
|4-7||Scientific Method||Y||Classic Trek setup, great roles for Janeway, Seven, and the Doctor|
Seven, Doctor, Janeway, Tomlanna
|4-8||Year of Hell, Part I||Y|
One of the best. Kurtwood Smith guests as an alien time engineer who can't stop tinkering.
|4-9||Year of Hell, Part II||Y||"||8.6||1997-11-12||Pass|
B’Elanna’s aggressive nature gets her into serious legal trouble on a planet where thoughts are policed.
Katerina and Leonardo (da Vinci) are back and they try to foil the heist of the ship's vital equipment
|4-12||Mortal Coil||N||Neelix thinks he's dying. Nope.||Neelix||6.6||1997-12-17||Pass|
|4-13||Waking Moments||S||Boring, doesn't add anything to character development||Chakotay||7.5||4||1998-01-14||Pass|
|4-14||Message in a Bottle||Y|
Andy Dick as the next version of the EMH, on a ship the Doctor is trying to use to send a message to Starfleet.
|4-15||Hunters||Y||Meet the Hirogen, a scary new species who live to hunt.||7.9||1998-02-11||Pass|
Classic Trek themes, undermined by simplistic handling of recovered memory. Seven's story is overshadowed by the Doctor's story
|4-18||The Killing Game, Part I||Y|
Hirogen take over Voyager and make extensive use of the Holodeck's World War II scenarios.
|4-19||The Killing Game, Part II||Y||"||7.7||1998-03-04||Pass|
|4-20||Vis à Vis||S||Sort of fun, if you like Tom Paris. Which I do.||Paris||6.6||70||1998-04-04||Fail|
|4-21||The Omega Directive||Y||Science and ethics, with a very severe Janeway making tough decisions.||Seven||7.4||140||1998-04-15||Pass|
|4-22||Unforgettable||S||Apparently not. I can't remember the plot without looking it up.||Chakotay||6.4||1998-04-22||Pass|
|4-23||Living Witness||Y||The closest thing to a Mirror Universe episode for Voyager.||Doctor||8.8||1998-04-29||Pass|
|4-24||Demon||Y||Voyager must land on a Demon class planet for deuterium supplies.||7.0||169||1998-05-06||Pass|
|4-25||One||Y||Twilight Zone meets Voyager||Seven||8.8||85||1998-05-13||Pass|
|4-26||Hope and Fear||Y|
An alien (the always great Ray Wise) translates a Starfleet communiqué that offers technology to get home in three months.
Janeway is depressed and withdrawn at the prospect of 2-year travel through a starless void. Drone (S5E2) would have been a better season premiere.
Transporter malfunction! Seven's nanoprobes and the Doctor's mobile emitter fuse, resulting in a super drone
|5-3||Extreme Risk||S||Torres is depressed over new of Maquis comrades fallen back in the Alpha Quadrant.||Torres||6.8||1998-10-28||Pass|