Been a while, but I finally got a chance to sit down and watch some Voyager. Three in fact.
Generally just a bad episode. Pretty bad writing as a whole, and the Neelix/Tuvok thing has been done so many times already, and far better then here.
Now I know that the producers had intended to rid themselves of Harry Kim in Season 4, I can't help but wonder if this was some sort of going away present for Garrett Wang. It doesn't do a whole lot else other then him getting touched up and kiss a fair number of attractive women.
Before and After
Makes this mini marathon worth it. I'll admit, seeing Kes married to Tom initially had me feeling a bit weird about the whole thing, like it was a season 2 episode that got forgotten. Then the conversation about the Year of Hell happened and the episode got a hell of a lot more interesting.
Not that it wasn't interesting already. The potential future was pretty cool. Chakotay as captain, Paris makes Lt. Commander. Doctor can walk about without a portable emitter and decided he should hair. I love episodes that give us these potential glimpses. However, Harry is creepy as hell. Marrying Tom's kid is seriously weird. Harry's his best friend, he'd very likely be like a uncle to that girl, then she hits puberty super fast and Kim's right in there. Creepy uncle indeed.
It also makes me realise just how much Year of Hell is a right temporal cluster F--k. We see here how it should have played out. Kes' trip back changes things so Janeway survives the first encounter and manages to changes things for a third timeline. That's some pretty crazy changes. I expect the DTI might want to have a look at that at some point.
(Year of Hell is one of the few episodes I've decently remembered from the first airing, and I'm really looking forward to watching it to get the details cleared up. So try to be easy on the YoH spoilers please