It’s a TV show, fer cryin out loud!!!
I know this is heresy, but Voyager is the only new trek I can watch. I hated all the characters on TNG (OOOH, another episode where Data tries to be human. That’s what, the tenth one this season??? And I’m sorry but Troi’s smarmy attitude drove me crazy. Worf was cool sometimes, but he wasn’t nearly enough of an asshole to be a real Klingon.) and the plot lines on DS9 dragged on and on with little payoff at the end.
On Voyager I like the tension between Janeway and 7, and I like that Chakotay has serious differences with his captain.
I like the idea of a black Vulcan, though they don’t do enough with Tuvok. The most annoying character, Harry Kim IMHO, is light years less annoying than Data, Troi, or Riker. The show strikes me as way less P.C. than TNG.
The Science on all ST shows is pretty lame. How the transporter gets around unceartainty is beyond me, since when do holograms have appreciable mass, why are there no visual distortions when they approach c, etc. etc… The shows are written by english majors who have publicly admitted (to the Washington Post IIRC) that they don’t worry about scientific plausibility, and think science can “do anything.” (There are technical advisors, but they do little other than supply reasonably plausible techy sounding words. They must have been sleeping when the Deuterium line passed by them.)
I watch Star Trek because it’s reasonably entertaining, the effects are cool, and itsometimes makes you ponder ethical hypotheticals, as this thread is doing re the Omega molecule.
BTW, on TNG you know Picard would have destroyed the molecule and saved the civ. The dialog would have gone like this.
Geordi: We must destroy the molecule, but that will leave this civilisation in ruins.
Picard: Unacceptable! there must be another alternative.
Geordi: Well we could generate a tachyon burst through
the molecules’ subspace matrix, and beam the energy to the planet in the form of Zottion Crystals. The molecule will be destroyed and the people will have the energy they need.
Picard: Make it so!
Kudos to Voyager for a more mature ending, in which a real choice was made.
Also, which one was “Threshold”