The Kazon have taken over Voyager, and the only hope for retaking the ship lies with the EMH, a psychotic killer, and Tom Paris. Amazingly, they’re successful. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew has to survive with no technology on a violent world. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch kicks off season three with “Basics, Part II.”
And that’s as nothing compared to the bravura performance of Brad Dourif. There’s not a hell of a lot of characterization elsewhere in the episode, as most everyone is focused on the plot—staying alive on Hanon IV, taking the ship back in space—but in Suder we get a compelling character study. Suder has been trying so hard to move beyond his psychotic past, and the situation has been shoved into his face that forces him to backpedal. The sadness etched on Dourif’s face as he does what has to be done is heartbreaking, and adds tragedy to the events on the ship.