Monday, August 10, 2015

Q2 and Good Shepherd

Adapted from a recent Facebook post...

On Saturday night I finally watched the last two Star Trek episodes I hadn't yet seen: "Q2" and "Good Shepherd," from Star Trek: Voyager. I'd seen part of "Q2" during its original run; a station glitch interrupted most of the broadcast. And hard as it may be to believe, I missed "Good Shepherd" entirely in its first run - I'd simply forgotten Voyager was on that night, and for some reason the VCR didn't catch it. Yeah, I was taping all the episodes back then, typically pausing the recording live to edit out the commercials.
The episodes aired fifteen and sixteen years ago, respectively. It was pretty alarming to see "Copyright MM" in the closing credits of "Good Shepherd," let me tell you...
Why did I wait so long, given that Voyager has been on DVD for years and I bought the sets back when they first came out? I honestly couldn't tell you. Maybe some part of me was saving them as a treat, even though Voyager is my least favourite of the Star Trek shows.
And you know, they were a treat. Neither episode was particularly good, even by Voyager standards, but they were familiar and warm and they espoused the values that brought me to Star Trek in the first place: the importance of working together for the common good, the idea that integrity matters, the search for scientific and ethical truth...
It was nice to take a step back into the 20th century for a couple of hours, even if it was via the 24th.

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