It's an episode that ignores the impact actions have on people and the reality of the situation the Enterprise is in. It's an episode that systemic to every. Single. Problem with Voyager. It's no surprise the episode was solely written by Brannon Braga the kind of "it doesn't matter after 45 minutes episodic television."
Consider that the Enterprise has on it over 1000 persons a number of whom are civilians and children. ALL of these people were "de-evolved." You can't have something like this happen without considering the *real* impact it'd have on people and lives.
Beverly was sprayed with a paralytic venom that necessitates reconstructive surgery on her face.
Worf, and presumably Riker, both KILLED PEOPLE in their altered forms.
Riker's brain was made "much smaller" by this infection and presumably this goes for everyone else. This means parts of the brain were MISSING. Parts of the brain that contain memories, learnings and experience.
Individuals do not evolve, species do. Over the course of EONS.
This was all kicked off by an absent-minded hypospray shot from Beverly.
All of this happens, people are killed, brains are destroyed, faces are destroyed and all of this happens over the course of a couple of days.
At the end? Everyone shrugs, laughs a bit at Barclay's insecurities and life goes on as if something very damn serious hadn't just happened.
Fuck-you Brannon Braga.
I offer the following rebuttal.
"Genesis" is the best goddamned episode of The Next Generation that was ever broadcast!
Up until that time my general impression of The Next Generation was, even though it was entertaining, it spent most of its time being preachy, condescending and just all around full of its own importance, like it had nothing better to do than give an ethics lecture every week.
Then came "Genesis," and for the first time in the whole series run, it was an episode that was just fun! Blind, stinking, unadorned fun!
I sat there at the end of the episode, far from thinking it was forgettable, wondering how the pompous stuffed shirts that made the rest of the series let this one slip past the enjoyment censor!
The science is silly? People, this is the show where in one episode the ship had a baby!!!
It's not like TNG was ever a hard science book brought to life on the screen!
Hate on the episode all you like, but letting the half-ass science suck the life out of it for you is just the height of pedantry.
"Fuck you?" No, thank you very much,