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Old August 5 2010, 05:57 AM   #23
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Re: Star Trek: Voyager - A Marathon Re-visit.

STATE OF FLUX - 1x11 - 3/5

It's difficult to comment on this episode as it plays out in a fairly standard fashion, and you basically just have to watch and have the information spoon-fed to you as you go.

At the end of the day, this is a fairly formulaic whodunit story with some good character development for Chakotay.

Unfortunately, with whodunit stories, whilst it's perfectly normal to conceal a certain amount of information to the audience, the audience can be left too far behind otherwise it does become an entirely passive experience where you're left waiting for the next clue to be revealed by a character's exposition.

'State of Flux' suffers a bit from this where there's a misbalance between the clues given, and the amount of exposition. There's too much withheld which results in a huge amount of expository explanation at the end where you can't help but feel the writers are snickering to themselves "look how clever our plot is! *nyuck nyuck*"

It just makes the episode a little on the boring side, and for a big event episode, this shouldn't be the case.
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