Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “The Thaw”


Michael McKean guest stars in an episode that totally plays to the strengths of its scripter, Joe Menosky (he of “Darmok” and “Dramatis Personae” and “Masks” fame). Just be warned that there are clowns. And masks. And, for some reason, a dwarf and a giant. Still, it’s good stuff. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch sends in the clowns in “The Thaw.”

An excerpt:

The episode also has one of the most devastatingly effective endings in Trek history, as the simulation slowly fades to gray and then black as the clown and the fake Janeway exchange final words and the world vanishes before we see the executive producer credit over a black background. (I’d put this on the same level as “Necessary Evil,” “Blood Oath,” and Part 1 of “The Best of Both Worlds” for gut-punch endings in Trek.)

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