Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Random Thoughts”

While visiting a planet of telepaths, Torres gets angry for, like, half a second, but it’s enough to influence at least two of those telepaths to get violent. It’s a prototypical Trekkish metaphor episode as the Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch has some “Random Thoughts.”

An excerpt:

But what makes the episode so strong is that it can apply to so many things, from the war on drugs to Prohibition. And throughout history, the hardest laws to enforce are ones that a) bring pleasure to someone and b) don’t do active harm to anyone. The word “active” is important there, because technically Torres’s thoughts are responsible for both the assault and the later murder. But that’s only because the Mari aren’t used to thoughts on the level of violence that Torres, with her Klingon heritage is capable of. And it’s why Guill really really really can’t handle Tuvok’s full Vulcan craziness.

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