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Star Trek Voy - Season 5 - Episode 20

Star Trek Voy - 5x20 - Think Tank

Originally Aired: 1999-3-31

Synopsis:
A problem-solving alien comes to Voyager's rescue. [DVD]

My Rating - 7

Fan Rating Average - 6.66

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Problems
- Chakotay speculates that the Malon or the Devore might have hired the Hazari in this episode. This is extremely unlikely though seeing as how Voyager is nowhere near their space as of Voy: Dark Frontier. Thankfully, Chakotay was wrong. Though it doesn't excuse is rather absurd speculation.

Factoids
- Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame as George, plays Kurros in this episode.
- Borg species designation: 4228, Hazari. Technologically advanced and extremely violent. Usually hired as bounty hunters. They make excellent tactical drones.
- The Think Tank cured the Vidiian Phage.

Remarkable Scenes
- Tom's little fad.
- The planetoid explosion.
- Janeway discovering the true motivations of Kurros.
- Seven of Nine solving Tom's little puzzle.
- Janeway regarding how Seven solved the puzzle: "Seven, how'd you do that?" Seven: "I scanned the device. Its mechanism operates on a simple fractal regression." Tom: "You scanned it? That's cheating!" Seven: "Cheating is often more efficient."
- The Hazari attacking the Think Tank.

My Review
A decently intellectual episode featuring a group of people who solve other people's problems for a price. Except sometimes they create the problems which they are supposed to solve... Jason Alexander does a wonderful job as Kurros, showing us the same deceitful and conniving personality he showed us as George on Seinfeld. The issue of whether Seven of Nine would be better off with them is both unimportant and barely examined; it was obvious Seven was not leaving the ship. Rather, I liked how Janeway solved her little paradox by conspiring with her would-be enemy to undermine the objectives of the Think Tank itself. It is a little convenient that the Hazari actually cared so passionately about dethroning the Think Tank, but it's too much to the episode's disadvantage. I also like how Janeway's solution nicely paralleled with the little futuristic puzzle B plot. The episode is exciting up to the very end, I loved the battle scenes between the Think Tank and the Hazari. A shame they were so short!

The following are comments submitted by my readers.

  • From Jem Hadar on 2010-04-05 at 8:04pm:
    "Jason Alexander does a wonderful job as Kurros, showing us the same deceitful and conniving personality she showed us as George on Seinfeld."

    Typo, or funny diss? ;)

    I thought this was a very good episode with an interesting story.
  • From QuasiGiani on 2017-08-27 at 6:14am:
    Problem(s)?

    Okay, no we have a very problematic and frankly, therefore, boring episode:

    Why would such a powerful "Think Tank" ever need to bargain with anyone? For anything? They wouldn't.

    But let's ignore that hugely, unavoidably ridiculous mess for just a mind-numbing minute...

    Howzabout:

    Why would they ever stop monitoring Voyager and allow that silly collusion and planning session to catch-them-up-and-out? They, of course, wouldn't.

    Howzabout:

    Why would they need to have Janeway allow them access to the "databank" as Kurros requested just before or after he told Janeway he'd just then and there tapped into it? They, of course, wouldn't.

    Howzabout:

    Why would these geniuses, who apparently did just huddle-up while the plans were being attached back on Voyager, _all_ fall to utterly moronic pieces the moment they lost their ability to communicate with each other? They wouldn't.

    Dopey episode. Glaring.

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