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Title : Random Thoughts Rating : 2
First Aired : 19 Nov 1997 Stardate : 51367.2
Director : Alexander Singer Year : 2374
Writers : Kenneth Biller Season : 4
Rating : 3.2500 for 4 reviewsAdd your own review
Reviewer : Indefatigable Rating : 2
Review : Perhaps it's because "Year of Hell" was such a hard act to follow, but I wasn't so keen on this. It was a bit surreal in places. The idea of 'thoughtcrime' is very Orwellian, but the fact that these people are telepaths means that it makes some sense, although they really should do something to protect themselves from the thoughts of others. The culture clash is curious as well, and Tuvok seemed to find himself bridging the gap. The really surreal bit was, of course, our view into the subculture of violent thinkers at the end. I also found that some of Tuvok's memories seemed to be from "Generations" and "First Contact" (including the new uniforms, which he had never seen). Still, that's nothing to the Mari, who seem to have borrowed props and costumes from all over the galaxy (there are lists out there). Verdict, watchable, but not one of the best.
Reviewer : lexxonnet Rating : 3
Review : Its an interesting look into a different culture, one where a mere bad thought can be prosecuted. I liked the idea of a black-market for bad thoughts. It makes perfect sense that in a society of peaceful people, there will always be a small minority of anarchists. The ideas explored are interesting, but the episode does tend to waver in bits, especially because it hinges on a weak plot point of there being some danger associated with this engrammatic purge. Still, a pretty good episode.
Reviewer : ajdedo Rating : 4
Review : This episode has stuck in my mind more than any other episode when it was first aired. I subscribe to the idea that violent thoughts and imagery can contaminate a society, and I was amazed that someone actually put that idea on screen. This episode should give us something to think about as we go about thinking during our daily lives.
Reviewer : =NoPoet= Rating : 4
Review : As Indefatigable states, following Year of Hell is extremely tough so we must see this episode in light of reality. It's a good standalone episode where the crew encounter a friendly species for once, but things go pear-shaped when Torres spreads violent throughts through no fault of her own. It's an interesting exploration of Torres' character, but this becomes primarily a Tuvok episode in which the darkness and violence inherent to every Vulcan is explored. We sometimes hear about how Vulcans need to suppress their own nature and this clearly states why. (Several ENT episodes including Impulse and the Vulcan three-parter will also delve into this.) I'm giving this 4 stars for the investigations and the scenes with Tuvok.
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