discovers a colony of Talaxians hiding in a hollow asteroid.
Unfortunately, the asteroid field is being mined and the miners
are happy to blow the Talaxians into fragments along with
the mineral ores in the surrounding rock. Nelix rises to the
challenge of saving his people and their precarious refuge
but the reminder of what he's lost weighs heavy on his mind.
is a flat, pedestrian episode - a considerable achievement
considering what's happening on screen. The threat from the
miners is dismissed with little drama and Nelix's decision
to rejoin his race is handled with an air of perfunctory dismissal.
No tears, no drama, no anger or grief. You save a planetoid
from destruction, safeguard its inhabitants and leave home.
and all without a quickening of the pulse.
Janeway starts acting oddly - she dismisses Chakotay to the
morgue! Things are obviously not right but it's hard to find
out what's going on when senior crew members keep changing
identity. It turns out that the Doctor and Janeway are being
held prisoner by a pair of alien scavengers who are using
the Doctor's holomatrix to transform him into other people.
If he doesn't comply Janeway will die.
not the most promising of plots and at times the alien menace
look more like the Steptoes than evil killers but there's
enough good humour in Renaissance Man to help the episode
through its lean times. And it seems only fitting that the
last regular episode should feature the Doctor, the show's
most engaging character. Better than it should be.
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