Ares IV

Story: One Small Step
Written By: Mike Wollaeger & Jessica Scott and Bryan Fuller & Michael Taylor
Series: Star Trek: Voyager
Year: 1999

Voyager discovers an anomaly that once popped up near Mars and sucked up the command module of the Ares IV, from one of the first manned missions to Mars. Quite coincidentally, NASA is currently working on a Mars program called Ares (Mars is the Roman God of War, Ares is the Greek God of War). Anyhow Voyager decides to take a risky mission into the anomaly in order to try and retrieve the module. For history’s sake I understand their interest...but you gotta wonder where the hell they’d keep it...what will they lug it back to Earth in a tractor beam?
Chakotay then does his best Janeway impression by risking his crew’s life in the Delta Flyer for selfish stubborn reasons such as something like an artifact...HUMAN LIFE IS IRRELEVANT WHEN IT COMES TO OLD JUNK! Voyager has the worst people at the top of the hierarchy possible!

Anyhow after being trapped in the anomaly because Chakotay was being a dick, Seven ventures onto the Ares Command Module and plays some logs of the guy who was trapped inside it and we get a taste of a guy at the end of his life. Sadly he is a vastly better actor than half of the main cast! (barring Ryan and Picardo) I’m just glad he wasn’t like alive in the anomaly or something stupid like that.

It is a mixed episode, some of it is good, some of it is irritating...but I think it had enough of that exploration spirit Trek is meant to carry that I’ll give ti a bit of a pass, even if I didn’t particularly care for the episode on the whole.

NEXT TIME: No Accident