Voyager Favourite Episodes - Season Four
I mentioned in the last post in the series of features that season three of Voyager marked an upturn in the general quality of the episodes, but for some that time came a year later with this fourth season, and there was one big reason for that (or is that two big reasons?) - Seven of Nine. If reports are to be believed, ratings were flagging so the producers decided to add a new character to the show who could help pull in more viewers. But what approach did they take? That's right, they went for a young, gorgeous, blonde, female character with huge boobs, obviously!
Notable events in those that didn't make that cut include Kes leaving the show to make way for Seven (I think most viewers were very pleased with the exchange but that just made me feel bad for the little Ocampan pixie - I always found her so cute and helpful). In her final episode, she turns into a ghost and flings Voyager 'beyond Borg space', although that's actually debatable given how many more encounters there are with the mechanical oafs.
Tuvix), the crew become trapped in a shared nightmare (which gives Chakotay's another opportunity to do spirit stuff), and a cowardly Hirogen fails miserably at helping his tough comrades hunt an elusive member of Species 8472.
Getting towards the end of the season, Seven has some DNA stolen, or so she believes, and she manages to convince everyone else too. There's also a mid-season two-parter in which the Hirogen make the crew unwitting pawns in a WWII-themed 'hunt'. Beyond that, Tom is excited when Voyager encounters another daredevil pilot with a fancy ship, an immensely dangerous molecule called 'Omega' has everyone excited/scared, Chakotay gets a visit from an ex-girlfriend who he doesn't remember, and Harry and Tom visit a dangerous 'demon class' planet.
There's also a decent Seven episode in which she freaks out after being left in sole charge of Voyager while everyone else has to go into stasis, and in another good one which almost made the selection below, a visiting alien decodes a message that leads to a way home for Voyager... but could it all be too good to be true? I'm sure you can guess the answer to that, but here are the episodes I did go for:
Scorpion Part 2 (Episode 1)
Scientific Method (Episode 7)
Year of Hell (Episodes 8 & 9)
Message in a Bottle (Episode 14)
Living Witness (Episode 23)
Look out for my Season Five picks soon!