Season 3 Episode No logic, no thought, no planning, no brain. And you can certainly see shades of it in the scripts that did make to screen, even if it often felt like the rough edges had been smoothed off, as they are here. I guess I have some mixed feelings about the mobile emitter, which, by the way, doesn’t make a lick of sense to me and where getting that device takes the character. Crawling through the Jeffries tubes on the powerless ship, Neelix is attacked by an unknown lifeform and apparently hauled away. The first half of the episode revolves around Janeway and Neelix’s attempts to track down the crew, and they eventually realize there are about 30 human life signs on the upper decks. The result is that Macrocosm feels less like its own thing and more like a recycled plot from the seventh season of The Next Generation.

After returning from a first contact mission, Janeway, Neelix and the Doctor must retake Voyager from an infestation of microorganisms that grow to an alarming size. But for my vote, I’d say this was a solid 2. The crossbow-wielding star tackles some what-ifs that would change everything we know about ” The Walking Dead. Todd Fri, Feb 7, , 9: The result is that Macrocosm feels less like its own thing and more like a recycled plot from the seventh season of The Next Generation. Sometimes it’s just time to have fun.

The macro viruses were truly originally and weird without being so implausible as to be laughable. Also, in this reboot, Torres will be playing Apone. Fido Thu, Episoxe 8,5: A similar ploy with holographic bait occurred in, of all things, Jason X.

Look, I don’t mind technobabble if the babble is at least somewhat intelligible. In a very smart production choice, the episode closes on an external shot of Voyager set to that jazz music rather than an extradiegetic score. Perhaps the worst offence, in terms of plotting and pacing, is the extended flashback in the middle of the episode that explains how these dangerous viruses came to take over the ship.


I’ve used this conjectural, fan-made stardate calculator a lot for my RPG campaigns and although the shows themselves are not always consistent with stardates it seems surprisingly accurate, albeit not with TOS-style stardates.

But those scenes were countered by other thrill-less endeavors like the stale ending where Janeway blows up all the aliens in the holodeck with a laughable “movie bomb,” that is, a bomb with a red digital readout that counts down while beeping.

Search for ” Macrocosm ” on Amazon. Still, you might be right about this episode’s inspiration, such as it is. Watching the first two acts got very old very fast. Really good computer-generated imagery is indistinguishable from the real macricosm. The production staff on Voyager repeatedly insist that having characters string together pseudo-scientific words can generate tensions. There are plenty of examples from within the Star Trek franchise. And without any real nourishment.

Elliott Fri, Oct 28, Macrocosm has more than its fair share of problems. And the large versions of the virus were actually interesting interpretations of what we usually see as two-dimensional. The Doctor states the macrovirus senses any bio-electric field, forcing him to stay in sick bay to avoid being attacked. So, yeah – very silly episode.

It struck me as a more playful comparison between Janeway and Ripley then anything else. And to make them look nasty and threatening, instead of having the normal rigid exoskeleton that a real diatom has, we changed the prongs on its voyaher shape to grasping tentacles. Moegreen Tue, Dec 9,3: Another great episode of Voyager.

They didn’t get the new designed uniforms because of their predicament. Connor Sun, Mar 5,6: I’ll give it 3 stars because it was fun and I really don’t want to think too much about it: Working on Deep Space NineMoore would develop the eepisode and mindset that he would later use to run Battlestar Galacticawhich is generally regarded as one of the best television shows of the twenty-first century.

Why is everybody here so uptight?

Star Trek (Voy): Macrocosm

It’s not an episode I seek out, but I’m never compelled to turn it off either. This saps the momentum of the narrative.


Mcarocosm me of new comments via email. I did expect a low rating. Sometimes sci-fi is just fun, and this episode was. Destructor Tue, May 3, I did choke on some of it. I read that quote from Braga before rewatching the episode, and started having my doubts when Janeway and Neelix weren’t able to raise anyone on the ship when they were returning shades of Hadley’s Hope on LV going darkbut when I saw the hole in the transporter pad lined with gunk, I was like, oh, come onwho are you kidding?

Jammer’s Reviews

I didn’t include all of the details because it was one of those cases where MA is needlessly verbose. This may not have been a very brainy episode, but it was different from the standard fare and I thoroughly enjoyed it for what it was. Slime snot all over the place on the ship. I also enjoyed their use of Neelix’s holoprogram, although it does come off as a bit cruel in a funny way, since the use gained a boost from the previous uses of the program in the preceding episodes, another subtle way to build continuity without running afoul of the exec producers’ wishes.

Some of the characters in my collection include: Even when it comes to aliens who specialise in non-verbal communication, the script is still carefully to bluntly articulate absolutely everything for the audience at home.

Macrocosm is an episode that might play better with the volume turned down and the music turned up. On Deep Space Ninethe writers frequently consulted with the actors to help episodee and develop the characters in question.

I thought Mulgrew was terrific, episodee the action appropriate.