Star Trek: Voyager “The Fight” (part 5 of 5)

Janeway orders the ship to stop, and then pops down to Astrometrics to visit with Seven. Seven reports that she “applied 10,053 algorithms” to their surroundings, and has thus found “an isolinear frequency”. She points at a purple blob on the screen, which Janeway manages to recognize. In fact, what she sees was a question on her “exo-genetics” final during her senior year at the Academy. She missed the question, and that one miss kept her from getting an A, and here she is, able to instantly recall it thirty years later. Bitter much?

So, professors at the Academy use questions on their finals based on previously unknown areas of space where the rules of physics don’t apply? And if their students miss just one of these questions—based on something no human has ever encountered or experienced—they don’t get a top mark? Hot damn, that’s pure academic evil! I’m going to have to file that one away for use on my spring exams. Captain, my students thank you in advance for the “chaotic space” bonus question.

Caption contributed by Mark

Make sure you study everything that’s never been encountered. It will be on the final.

[Editor’s Note: And it’s also reassuring to know that B students still get to be starship captains. There’s hope for me yet. —Albert]

Turns out the signal Janeway recognizes is designed to activate DNA. While it was pretty obvious that the chaotic space aliens were responsible for Chakotay’s hallucinations, now we have a technobabble mechanism for it. The episode makes so much more sense now.

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Mark M. Meysenburg

Mark teaches at Doane College, a liberal arts college in Crete, Nebraska. Most of his teaching involves computer science, but Mark also occasionally teaches mathematics and the history of science; he has also been known to offer three week courses on the worst movies ever made. Mark's bad movie obsession was kindled in the early 1980s by the Medved brothers, then fanned to full flame by late-night showings of Plan 9 from Outer Space. Who could have predicted the long term effects of satin-pajama-clad, mincing alien menace? Mark's other interests include homebrew beer and wine, and practicing and teaching martial arts.

Multi-Part Article: Star Trek: Voyager "The Fight"
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  • Monoceros4

    I gave on Voyager really, really early. Look at the cast of characters the pilot episode inflicts on us among them an astoundingly misguided captain who deliberately strands her crew impossibly far from home after a fit of pious legalism; a tedious Hollywood Indian stereotype; a kind of bland, second-string Riker clone (and the original Riker was bad enough); a perpetually clueless non-entity of an ensign; and an alien cook who combines all the best traits of Wesley Crusher and Jar-Jar Binks. When the only compelling character is a computer-generated doctor you know you’re in trouble. I took a look at these clowns, decided that they were the dumbest pack of morons ever to crew a starship, and lost almost all interest in Voyager. I tuned in a few times afterward but never regularly.

    Weirdly, though, I’ve come to respect Voyager’s commitment to running with some truly bizarre story ideas like this one. Especially compared to the uninterrupted awfulness of Enterprise, which was mostly about Archer being a petulant dick to everybody and making an absolute mess of every situation he gets into.

  • Tim

    Goose Law already exists, sadly, it’s “comic relief characters in war stories always die to show the Cruel Nature of War.”