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Title : Scientific Method Rating : 4
First Aired : 29 Oct 1997 Stardate : 51244.3
Director : David Livingston Year : 2374
Writers : Harry Doc. Kloor, Sherry Klein Season : 4
Rating : 4.0000 for 4 reviewsAdd your own review
Reviewer : Indefatigable Rating : 3
Review : A decent episode, but not very original. We had the Voth walking around the ship with personal cloaking devices not very long ago, so that's not new. Nor is the idea of someone performing experiments on the crew, remember "Where Silence Has Lease" among others. Here, it was revealed slowly, which held my interest, and the Srivani's defence of their actions was interesting. It's essentially the same arguments used in support of vivisection (which I don't agree with). If you value life in any way, then causing suffering to one individual cannot be justified, even if it helps another. Janeway's solution, do something completely mad and nearly get everybody killed, might be typical behaviour even without the experiments. No wonder Tuvok thinks she's reckless, who wouldn't? There seems to be a distinct personality clash between Seven of Nine and Torres, although how much that had to do with the experiments is unclear, still I think they picked it up. The binary pulsar was a very good addition. It's about time we saw a real stellar phenomenon rather than a subspace anomaly, and it appears that binary pulsars are very important in physics. Will we see active star formation next?
Reviewer : ajdedo Rating : 4
Review : My favorite episode since Scorpion. The Tom and B'Elanna scene at the end was kind of weak. They could have skipped that, or did something different. But overall 4.5 starts. It was nice to finally see the doctor and 7 use their "special" abilities to try and save the crew. Ultimately, it wasn't their actions that worked, but I hope it sets the stage for a future episode where the Doc and 7 work together. I always said the doc should have all the command codes for immediate use in an emergency.
Reviewer : Lol Rating : 5
Review : On of my favourite episodes that I have watched repeatedly
Reviewer : =NoPoet= Rating : 4
Review : Another excellent episode with fine performances from everyone. The reveal about the crew wearing alien medical equipment was horrifying, I used to suffer badly from health anxiety in those days and shuddered at the sight. Mulgrew and Tuvok get an excellent scene together - "Shall I flog them as well?" - with Tuvok remaining true to Vulcan logic while making a point about Janeway's emotional attitude. It's very interesting to think that aliens might be using out-of-phase technology which we cannot see, feel or detect, but still suffer detrimental effects from. Think about it, do human scientists care about the feelings of animals they tag or conduct tests on? A very good concept for an episode, very well executed, with Janeway's usual recklessness dialled as far as it can go by what she's been through, leading to a dramatic solution to the problem.
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