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Title : Night Rating : 3
First Aired : 14 Oct 1998 Stardate : 52081.2
Director : David Livingston Year : 2375
Writers : Brannon Braga, Joe Menosky Season : 5
Rating : 3.0000 for 2 reviewsAdd your own review
Reviewer : Indefatigable Rating : 3
Review : Something very different, at least at first. The Void does partly make sense, I assume that they were either crossing between two arms of the galaxy or a gigantic dark nebula. Still, its effects on the crew make a lot of sense. Janeway hasn't had all that much time for reflection, and her crisis of confidence was a long time coming, while everyone else started snapping at each other. Believable and understandable. The idea of poisoning a whole area of space was a bit far-fetched, but they made a good point about the selfishness and short-termism in some industries (no names named). There's always a victim with pollution, and the 'Night Aliens' provided that, but it cost some of the effect of the Void. They must have a homeworld somewhere, so the Void is not empty after all. Not sure they handled the ending well, why not simply tell the aliens how to collapse the vortex, then form a temporary alliance - very Trek-like and the baddies still get their just deserts. Finally, I liked seeing the ship with the lights off. Starlight is very dim, and that is what all ships should look like in open space, void or no void.
Reviewer : =NoPoet= Rating : 3
Review : The first half of the episode is very effective. It's like living in England during the winter, where people get "cabin fever" from having to stay in due to relentless bad weather and sunlight seems like a rare and precious commodity. I also thought the introduction of the aliens was well handled. As for the Malon, I don't see any reason why a civilisation cannot create such toxic pollution and their society is very far from the utopian ideals we see on Trek.
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