Case 2.16: Meld

The wacky legal warriors of Judge Midnighhhhttgg::::SUBSPACE ANOMALY DETECTE::D::DDD@#’’’ALL HAIL THE EMPRESS. GLORY TO THE TERRAN EMPIRE. The galaxy’s one true arbiter of justice and decency convenes to punish another suspect cultural offering. A foolish Vulcan uses the powers of his pitiful mind to better understand the soul of a killer, but STRENGTH IS THE ONLY PATH TO TRUE UNDERSTANDING. Will the Vulcan embrace that most ancient and pure of laws? Will Judge Imperatus Afternoonien Now stain his honor with the weak bile of mercy, or will another episode (and another mewling defense attorney) be sentenced to swift justice? Is episode 2.16 “Meld” PERMISSIBLE… or is it PUNISHABLE BY DEATH?      

Case 2.15: Threshold

The courtroom is rocked by the impact of Voyager’s most infamously bizarre and patently awful episode, and the bounds of sanity and judicial procedure will be tested like never before. A judge recused! A desperate legal defense employed! Will the system hold? Can the Herculean acting of Robert Duncan McNeill salvage anything from the drug-addled catastrophe? Is “Threshold” garbage… or is it super garbage?

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Case 2.14: Alliances

It’s cowboy diplomacy time as Voyager learns the hard way that they aren’t quite badass enough to go it alone! Hunted and harried by a band of hyper-violent psychopaths, Janeway reaches out to form a defense pact with a band of hyper-violent psychopaths. Could anything possibly go wrong? Will Chakotay and Seska like actually talk about the fact that she impregnated herself with his stolen DNA? How many Kazon wigs will the director be able to cram into one room? Is “Alliances” good… or is it garbage?  

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Case 2.13: Prototype

The crew finds a 1960s-era cyberman floating in space, leading Torres to discover and then savagely murder the joy of creation. Will this episode construct a positive verdict from its various spare parts, or will it get owned as hard as Voyager does in that starship battle that takes place around the halfway mark? Will the basement of Torres’ subconscious have enough room for all the complicated feelings she needs to bury? Is “Prototype” good... or is it garbage?

Case 2.12: Resistance

Janeway meets the guy who played the Emcee in Cabaret and joins an underground revolution in order to save his wife and daughter from a prison that they aren’t actually in because they are dead. Can Janeway prevail without her state-of-the-art ship and mediocre crew to back her up? Will a thoughtful analysis and commentary give way under an avalanche of obvious musical theatre reference jokes? Is “Resistance” good… or is it garbage?

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Case 2.11: Maneuvers

An old foe pulls a straight-up smash n’ grab on Voyager’s complacent crew, making off with some valuable Federation tech and forcing Chakotay into ill-advised and insubordinate action! Will the faithful servants of the Space Court be sufficiently thrilled by his daring and kind of stupid exploits? Will Voyager capitalize on its first recurring villain, or will Seska Space Fresca and the Chakotay neck baby she carries in her womb be consigned to the overflowing dustbin of discarded plot devices? Is “Maneuvers” good… or is it garbage?

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Case 2.10: Cold Fire

Voyager finds the long-foreshadowed Other Caretaker, the only known being with the power to send them back to the Alpha Quadrant! One slight hitch: She’s a murderous, quasi-omnipotent monster with a telepathic army of Okampa cultists. Will Kes focus her psychokinetic rage powers long enough to save the crew? Will the Judge Later’s courtroom be completely overrun by stray references to the Dark Phoenix Saga? Is “Cold Fire” good… or is it garbage?

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Case 2.09: Tattoo

The Voyager writers room succumbs to the dark temptation of a flashback episode, subjecting viewers to the tale of Surly Teen Chakotay and the Sky Spirits as told through the soft-focused lens of character memory. Also, the Doctor subjects himself to digital flu in an effort to prove that non-photonic lifeforms are a bunch of whiny babies when sickness is involved. Will the Doctor recover in time to escape this B plot? Will Chakotay hear the song of the Father Falcon or whatever it is he’s supposed to be doing in this episode? Is “Tattoo” good… or is it garbage?

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Case 2.08: Persistence of Vision

An overworked Janeway retreats into a romantic holonovel about a hologuy with crappy holokids and a holodead wife in the holoattic, but her holostaycation is cut short when the entire ship falls under telepathic attack! Will [mostly Janeway but also a little Kes there at the end] rally in time to save the crew and the ship? Will the viewers recover from the Chakotorres (B’Elotay?) makeout scene in time to finish the episode? Is “Persistence of Vision” good… or is it garbage?

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Case 2.07: Parturition

The Great Jonathan Frakes brings you “Two Men and a Dino Baby,” the screwball family comedy you had no idea that you wanted, or maybe that you don’t actually want at all! As Voyager hovers over the actually-not-that-bad Hell World, Paris and Neelix must harness the power of friendship (or polite tolerance, at least) to survive the hazards of the surface below! Will they finally bury their longstanding romantic rivalry? Will the Court’s collective heart be warmed by their flailing attempts to not accidentally kill a baby? Is “Partcher-- ParTRUR-- Par-CHOO-rition” good… or is it garbage?

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Case 2.06: Twisted

Voyager finds itself smack in the middle of a ship-threatening spatial phenomenomenomenomenon! The court finds itself smack in the middle of a sanity-threatening realization that the best scene in Toy Story 3 is a rip-off of a Voyager episode from 1997! Can justice find its way in a world where space and direction have no meaning? Is it weird that Kes has memorized the entire crew’s rooming assignments? It’s weird, right? Is “Twisted” good… or is it garbage?

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Case 2.05: Non Sequitur

A benevolent transporter accident reunites Ensign Kim with the great love of his life! His girlfriend is there, too. Fate may have granted Harry a reprieve from his deep-space exile, but will Judge Later’s court show similar mercy to this episode? Is “Non Sequitur” good… or is it garbage?

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Case 2.04: Elogium

Things get weird as Voyager drifts into a swarm of hyper-affectionate space worms, kicking Kes’ Okampan physiology into straight-up “birds-and-bees” mode. Will Neelix shirk from the idea of fatherhood, or will he place his reproductive future into Kes’ love-spackled hands? Is “Elogium” good… or is it garbage?   

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Case 2.03: Projections

The Doctor awakens to a strange and terrifying world in which he is a person who willingly socializes with Reg Barclay (also, Voyager has been attacked and most of the crew has been spirited off to their presumptive doom). Mystery! Suspense! A C-list NextGen cameo! Is “Projections” good… or is it garbage?  

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Case 2.02: Initiations

Aron Eisenberg guest spots as Angry Kazon Nog to teach Chakotay a lesson about the dangers of attempting to mentor random people in space. The court reels at the revelation that Chakotay is at least casually opposed to the notion of killing children. Is “Initiations” good… or is it garbage?   

Case 2.01: The 37s

The writers of Star Trek: Voyager charge into season 2 by heroically tackling one of history’s most famous mysteries! The Talkers of The People vs. Star Trek: Voyager charge into season 2 by examining how that mystery is handled and heroically deciding that they aren’t entirely sure how they feel about it! Is “The 37s” good… or is it garbage?

Case 1.17: Season One Finale

16 episodes. Three hosts. One courtroom. And one chance to save a season… or condemn it. It’s the Season 1 finale of The People vs. Star Trek: Voyager, and the stakes will never be this high again! Unless we make it to the Season 2 finale, in which case the stakes will be equally as high! Extra drama! Extra backtory for Bliff the Bailiff! Final arguments presented through the majesty of original song! One verdict will be rendered, and our most devoted listeners and supporters get to decide: Is Season 1 of Star Trek: Voyager good… or is it garbage?

Case 1.16: Learning Curve

Drill Sergeant Tuvok sets out to whip some lazy Maquis into fighting shape in Voyager’s accidental season 1 finale, but Vulcan discipline might not be enough to get this episode over the wall. Is “Learning Curve” good… or is it garbage?  

Case 1.15: Jetrel

Voyager goes all-in on debating the ethics of atrocity in times of war, and Neelix is the unlikely rhetorical centerpiece. The members of Judge Later’s court must decide if the writers go too far (or perhaps not far enough) in exploring one of the darkest moments in human history. Also: Janeway will still let anyone on the ship. Is it OK for Star Trek to be joyless when the subject matter warrants? Can Neelix find it in his heart to forgive? SHOULD he forgive? Do Talaxians even have hearts? Is “Jetrel” good… or is it garbage?