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Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Unimatrix Zero, Part I”

“Unimatrix Zero” (Part 1)
Written by Mike Sussman and Brannon Braga & Joe Menosky
Directed by Allan Kroeker
Season 6, Episode 26
Production episode 246
Original air date: May 24, 2000
Stardate: unknown

Captain’s log. On board the unicomplex, the Borg Queen interrogates a drone who is malfunctioning. She asks him about Unimatrix Zero, but the drone doesn’t know what she’s talking about. She separates the drone from the collective, and then deactivates him and orders him dissected.

[You were a part of our lives for eighteen years.]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “The Haunting of Deck Twelve”

“The Haunting of Deck Twelve”
Written by Mike Sussman and Kenneth Biller & Bryan Fuller
Directed by David Livingston
Season 6, Episode 25
Production episode 245
Original air date: May 17, 2000
Stardate: unknown

Captain’s log. Voyager is shutting down main power in order to enter a Class-J nebula. Unfortunately, this means that the regeneration alcoves in Cargo Bay 2 will also shut down, which means that the four Borg kiddos will awaken mid-cycle. Neelix is put in charge of them for the duration of the imposed blackout.

[“I am giving you an order.” “And I’m disobeying it!”]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Life Line”

“Life Line”
Written by John Bruno & Robert Picardo and Robert Doherty, Raf Green, & Brannon Braga
Directed by Terry Windell
Season 6, Episode 24
Production episode 243
Original air date: May 10, 2000
Stardate: unknown

Captain’s log. A shuttlecraft arrives at Jupiter Station piloted by Barclay, who’s there to visit Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, whom, we learn, is dying of an illness that has baffled all the doctors in the Alpha Quadrant.

Meanwhile, in the Delta Quadrant, the Pathfinder Project has found a way to regularly contact Voyager. The MIDAS Array is using a cyclic pulsar to punch a datastream across the 30,000 light-years to Voyager, but they will only be able to do so every thirty-two days or so, and Voyager will have a seventeen-hour window to reply.

[“What were your initial symptoms?” “Radical hair loss.”]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Fury”

“Fury”
Written by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga and Bryan Fuller & Michael Taylor
Directed by John Bruno
Season 6, Episode 23
Production episode 241
Original air date: May 3, 2000
Stardate: unknown

Captain’s log. Janeway surprises Tuvok with a birthday cake—and also with the knowledge that it’s his birthday, which she says she only discovered after significant research—and then Voyager detects a vessel. It’s Kes, looking much older, asking for permission to come aboard.

[Try to remember who you were. Try to remember me.]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Muse”

“Muse”
Written by Joe Menosky
Directed by Mike Vejar
Season 6, Episode 22
Production episode 244
Original air date: April 26, 2000
Stardate: 53918.0

Captain’s log. On a pre-industrial planet, we see a very stylized theatrical performance that seems to be about Voyager, describing it as a sailing ship, and from which B’Elanna Torres and Harry Kim have been lost at sea, apparently. We later discover that the playwright, Kelis, found the crashed Delta Flyer, with an unconscious, bound Torres inside.

[Kelis, this is no way to end a play!]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Live Fast and Prosper”

“Live Fast and Prosper”
Written by Robin Burger
Directed by LeVar Burton
Season 6, Episode 21
Production episode 242
Original air date: April 19, 2000
Stardate: 53849.2

Captain’s log. Two miners on Telsius Prime meet with Captain Kathryn Janeway and Commander Tuvok from the Federation Starship Voyager—except we see that it most definitely is not Janeway and Tuvok. The combadges and rank pips are comically large, they have forehead ridges, and the faces and voices are completely wrong.

[“Logic would indicate that neither of us has the advantage.” “Your logic is flawed.”]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Good Shepherd”

“Good Shepherd”
Written by Dianna Gitto and Joe Menosky
Directed by Winrich Kolbe
Season 6, Episode 20
Production episode 240
Original air date: March 15, 2000
Stardate: 53753.2

Captain’s log. On deck one, Chakotay reports to Janeway that there’s a Class-T star cluster nearby and they might want to check it out. Janeway doesn’t think it’s worth altering course, but it’s worth sending an away team on the Delta Flyer to map it. Chakotay also mentions that Seven has a shipwide efficiency report to share with the senior staff.

[If this is charity, Captain, I don’t want it.]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Child’s Play”

“Child’s Play”
Written by Paul Brown and Raf Green
Directed by Mike Vejar
Season 6, Episode 19
Production episode 239
Original air date: March 8, 2000
Stardate: unknown

Captain’s log. Since Voyager now has five kids on board, they hold a science fair. Azan and Rebi cloned potatoes (they apparently wanted to clone Naomi, but Seven convinced them to try something simpler first), Mezoti developed a colony of ants that are bioluminescent, Naomi created a detailed scale model of her father’s homeworld of Ktaris, and Icheb created a sensor array designed to seek out wormholes.

[I like bugs…]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Ashes to Ashes”

“Ashes to Ashes”
Written by Ronald Wilkerson and Robert Doherty
Directed by Terry Windell
Season 6, Episode 18
Production episode 238
Original air date: March 1, 2000
Stardate: 53679.4

Captain’s log. A Kobali shuttle manages to escape from a larger Kobali ship and then seeks out Voyager. After speaking entirely in the Kobali language, the pilot, Jhet’leya, suddenly speaks English when she contacts Voyager.

[Resume your disorder.]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Spirit Folk”

“Spirit Folk”
Written by Bryan Fuller
Directed by David Livingston
Season 6, Episode 17
Production episode 237
Original air date: February 23, 2000
Stardate: unknown

Captain’s log. Paris has reconstructed the Fair Haven holodeck program, and is in it driving a version of a 1904 Oldsmobile Runabout with only moderate skill, eventually crashing into a barrel, damaging a tire. Seamus comments on his ability to afford such a vehicle, and Paris says he came into an inheritance. Seamus asks for a tiny percentage of that inheritance to pay for a drink to celebrate Paris’ good fortune.

[When your quaint little seaside town starts to depolarize, don’t come crying to me.]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

Slow Music, Slow Motion, Slow Movie—Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Starting in August 2017, Keith R.A. DeCandido took a weekly look at every live-action movie based on a superhero comic in the weekly “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch.” He caught up to real time, as it were, in January 2020, but is revisiting the feature every six months or so to look back at the new releases in the previous half-year. Last week, we looked at Wonder Woman 1984, and this week is Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

The lengthy and expensive rewrites and reshoots of Justice League done by Joss Whedon after Zack Snyder departed the project following the tragic suicide of his daughter Autumn did not result in a successful film, from an artistic or commercial standpoint. There was a vocal contingent of the fan base who wanted to see Snyder’s original cut of the film. The newly-purchased-by-AT&T Warner Bros. was going to launch a shiny new streaming service, HBO Max, that was going to need content. The ability to provide that content was kneecapped by the spring 2020 pandemic lockdown.

These factors combined to bring Zack Snyder’s Justice League into being.

[I’m real when it’s useful.]

Series: 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Collective”

“Collective”
Written by Andrew Shepherd Price & Mark Gaberman and Michael Taylor
Directed by Allison Liddi
Season 6, Episode 16
Production episode 235
Original air date: February 16, 2000
Stardate: unknown

Captain’s log. For the second time in three episodes, Chakotay, Neelix, Paris, and Kim are on the Delta Flyer. Their poker game is interrupted by a Borg Cube that snuck up on them, er, somehow. Warp drive is knocked offline, and Kim goes down below to fix it. But the cube pulls the Flyer in and knocks the crew out.

[“You will be assimilated.” “Not today, and not by you.”]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Tsunkatse”

“Tsunkatse”
Written by Gannon Kenny and Robert J. Doherty
Directed by Mike Vejar
Season 6, Episode 15
Production episode 232
Original air date: February 9, 2000
Stardate: 53447.2

Captain’s log. Voyager is taking shore leave in the Norcadian system. There are many sights and activities and such, but one of the most popular is Tsunkatse, fights in an arena between two aliens. We see Chakotay and Torres in the audience for a fight between a Hirogen and another alien.

[I haven’t overpacked—I simply wish to be prepared for any contingency.]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

Is It a Trash Can or Is It Art? — Wonder Woman 1984

Starting in August 2017, Keith R.A. DeCandido took a weekly look at every live-action movie based on a superhero comic in “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch.” He caught up to real time, as it were, in January 2020, but is revisiting the feature every six months or so to look back at the new releases in the previous half-year. This week, we’ll look at Wonder Woman 1984, and next week will be an examination of Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

Wonder Woman was something of a flashpoint (no pun intended) in 2017. The (idiotic) conventional wisdom was that woman-led superhero movies weren’t popular. This was based on a sample size of two: Elektra and Catwoman. Never mind that plenty of man-led superhero films tanked, too, nor that the problem with those two films were not that they had female leads…

WW was a massive hit, finally muting (if not completely silencing) the sexist naysayers, and the sequel was green-lit instantly.

[I wasn’t talking to you, I was talking to everyone else.]

Series: 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Memorial”

“Memorial”
Written by Brannon Braga and Robin Burger
Directed by Allan Kroeker
Season 6, Episode 14
Production episode 236
Original air date: February 2, 2000
Stardate: unknown

Captain’s log. The Delta Flyer returns from a two-week mission of exploration and searching for dilithium ore. Chakotay, Kim, Paris, and Neelix are pretty much sick of the sight of each other, all blowing off their post-long-away-team physicals to relax. (During the two weeks, the sonic shower malfunctioned, so they’re all pretty stinky.)

[The bonding stopped when the sonic shower went offline.]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

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