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Old June 9 2009, 02:58 PM   #1656
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Re: A Hater Revisits Voyager

Warning! The following post contains dangerous levels of nerdiness. Wear protective goggles when reading.

Season 4 Review

As you can see, this season does pretty well for the first two thirds but the quality takes a significant drop after The Killing Game with Living Witness and Hope and Fear being the only winners from that point on. The red trend line clearly shows the quality declined in the second half of the season. As a result of this poor second half the season average is surprisingly low with an average score of 5.231.

This is something we've not seen before! (Yes, I'm trying to make graphs exciting. ) Normally the scores form a bell curve around the season average with a random spike somewhere, but this almost looks like two bell-curves skewed to the right, one centred around 2 and the other around 7. The result is that while the other seasons have been mostly average with the odd good or bad episode, this season has mostly been good or bad with very few average episodes. I find this turn very interesting.

*cue yawning from everyone else*

11 episodes were below average, 13 were above average and 2 were average.
Best episode: Living Witness
Worst episode: Vis a Vis (For being so horribly placed.)

The Writers

Bryan Fuller makes a fantastic debut as a staff writer with an average score of 7.75 out of 4 episodes. I didn't know what to think of him several months ago when he said he was interested in creating a new Trek series in the JJverse, but if he manages to maintain his score at this level then he will have my full support (which I'm sure he will be very pleased to hear ). Braga has also had a very good season with a score of 6.75 out of 8 episodes, only The Killing Game two-parter held him back from being the best writer this season. Menosky scored 5.889 out of 9 episodes, not surprising considering most of his episodes were with Braga. Jeri Taylor finishes her reign as EP with a score of 5.333 out of 3 episodes, meanwhile Klink doesn't do too badly with a score of 5.2 out of 5 episodes, just slightly lower than the season average. This season's biggest loser is Biller who scored 3.667 out of 3 episodes, this is a long way away from last season when he was the best writer.

This is how the writers stand after four seasons. Fuller's great debut performance puts him ahead of the pack, but with only four episodes he is going to have to work hard over the next three seasons to maintain his lead. Braga and Menosky's good season brings both of them over 5, Braga in particular did a lot of good work this year and he earned this score. We'll see if he can maintain it. Jeri Taylor's score stays roughly the same, according to MA she only has one more episode so it's not likely that the score will change all that much. Biller's poor season dropped his score from second best to second worst. However, this was Lisa Klink's final season and despite her strong debut episode (season 2's Resistance) she finishes her run on the show with a below average score of 4.308 out of 13 episodes.

What Would GodBen Do?

You know the drill, I take over the show for this season and discuss how I would have done things differently.

Scorpion Part 2 was rushed, it should have been a two or three episode arc and we should have seen more of the war between the Borg and 8472. There was so much potential here and the final product suffered from being too rushed. Seven (once she gets past her annoying shouty stage) is a good character and a welcome addition to the show, she brings conflict to this show that it desperately needed. But she needs to get out of those catsuits and into something more flattering, right now she looks like a Barbie doll.

Kes should not have been the one to leave the show because she still had a lot of untapped potential. I would prefer to keep everyone but I realise that the realities of TV budgeting meant they had to cut somebody, but the best choices for the axe were Kim and Chakotay. Kim isn't going anywhere and all he did this season was have a crush on Seven, meanwhile Chakotay doesn't seem to have a character arc anymore, his arc ended with the death of Seska.

I'm not sure what I'd do about the Year of Hell story because I like the idea of a year-long arc but due to all the Borg and Seven stuff at the beginning of the season I might not have fit it in. If I couldn't go that route then this season itself wasn't too bad, and I really liked the Hirogen arc up until The Killing Game. Once you remove the disproportionate number of bad episodes this season it is very strong, all you need is to cut or improve crap like Demon.


Shuttles Lost: 8
Torpedoes: 25/38 (Point of interest, all four photon torpedoes fired this season were in Hope and Fear.)
Harry deaths: 2

Season 1 Average: 5.867
Season 2 Average: 4.692
Season 3 Average: 4.269
Season 4 Average: 5.231
Overall Average (93 episodes): 4.914

In Summation

This was a much better season than season 3, but it wasn't as strong as I was expecting due to large number of bad episodes holding it back. I still consider season 1 to be the best season of the show so far, but maybe season 5 will finally manage to beat it. Voyager's overall average now stands at 4.914 which is still slightly below average, but another season like this should bring it above 5 again.
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