Seven accuses an alien weapons dealer of stealing her nanoprobes, and the unreliability of repressed memories casts everything into doubt — unfortunately, it’s an episode the delivers a morally repugnant message. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch thinks that, in “Retrospect,” this episode sucks.
In 1998, this was very much an episode about the unreliability of human memory, and how repressed memories aren’t always dependable. But watching in 2020, all I see is a yet another woman who has been assaulted and nobody believes her once the slightest doubt is cast, plus there’s concern about the reputation of the man who is accused. I was appalled to watch this show turn into a colloquy on how horrible it is when women accuse men of rape because look at what that accusation does to the poor man, never mind that the woman was—to use the world the script itself uses—violated.