Memories of a Genocide

Story: Remember
Written By: Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
Series: Star Trek: Voyager
Year: 1996

Torres is having vivid dreams, and they seem to form some kind of narrative. This is happening while a group of telepaths are on board. Soon the dreams change from being a simple love story to one of terror and eventual genocide.
It is actually a really good episode, and Dawson’s performance, both as Torres and in the dreams a Korenna, are pretty teriffic. The only flaw I could find was the explanation as to why Torres was chosen…it just seemed like anyone could have been picked for the memories, and yet the person sending them is like “you’d believe”. There is no specific reason given as to why she alone would believe. I would have created some kind of bond between Torres and the women sending the memory, just to give it a bit more tangibility.

In reading about it I did find something sort of telling and odd in Brannon Braga though. He was disappointed in this episode because he wished it had been made on TNG when he first thought of it, because it would’ve been closer to Schindler’s List coming out. It seems like he didn’t think he had a strong enough story to stand on its own, and that he was really just trying to mimic other acclaimed work. Fortunately I think the episode is better than he gives it credit for, purely because it does properly stand on its own. (look at me actually giving Voyager some praise).

Mostly I can’t complain though, it is a solid episode, with a good message and a decent conclusion.

NEXT TIME: Kes commits sacrilege on an alien world