Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Haunting of Deck Twelve

*** (3 stars out of 5)
Who doesn't love a good ghost story? There's probably one around somewhere. 'Power Play' springs to mind. Even 'And The Children Shall Lead' seems better than it used to. No, it doesn't really. That was called kidding.

When all the lights go out to save money... uh, I mean power, Neelix keeps the Borg children from freaking out by telling them a creepy story to explain their current predicament. Heh, CURRENT.

Current and gas cause trouble in a nebula. And Neelix is always looking for an opportunity to gas on.
In the sage words of Tuvok "If I say yes, will it prevent you from telling the story?"

Did any of Neelix's story really happen? Is the nebula alive and out for revenge for some reason? Will the Borg children ever finish eating their snacks?

"The Haunting of Deck Twelve" has that great effect when Janeway's broken replicator materializes the coffee without the cup, a Tal Celes cameo for people who thought Voyager has no sense of history, and the Borg kids are sufficiently adorable. Only Ethan Phillips makes it all bearable, improving on what is essentially a retelling of 'Lonely Among Us' with slightly better graphics and logic.

As for continuity, even in his own recollections, Neelix has forgotten he only has one lung. If I only had one tiny, aged Ocampan air bladder between me and suffocation, I'm sure I'd remember.

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