Written By: Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
Series: Star Trek: Voyager
Voyager starts of season 5 in a void, in the context of the show it is a large area of space without any stars, planets, or anything but a big black void. For me it is a perfect metaphor for the series itself. Seeing as I’ve pretty much given up on this series ever having quality, I think the Void represents the lack of original or good ideas left in the Voyager Writing Room.
In the Void the eventually encounter two alien races, one of which lives in the Void, another which is dumping its pollutants in the Void. There is some average action and diplomatic issues, but all of it is average. I won’t berate this episode for being absolutely awful, because I’ve seen worse...but I’d say this episode is average Voyager. And ultimately the Void and it's effect on the crew is sidelined for a generic "two races at war" kind of plot. What was the point of the Void? They got out of it by the end of the episode.
I did like the holodeck program based on Flash Gordon, but that was a fairly small aspect of the episode, although I know it becomes a running plot-thing in the season.
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