BEWARE the fiendish plot of Doctor Chaotica! TREMBLE at the photonic aliens from the Fifth Dimension! MARVEL at the desolate landscape of Planet X! LAUGH at the magnificent tribute to old movie serials, complete with gloriously OTT acting from everyone! Tune in next week for the latest glorious adventure of the Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Bride of Chaotica!”
Plus, of course, the actors are all having a great time, whether it’s Robert Duncan McNeill trying to get everyone to think like they’re in a movie serial, and also growing frustrated with his own program, or Tim Russ’s ongoing disdainful commentary on the entire proceeding, or Jeri Ryan’s more direct disdain, or Robert Picardo’s diving into the part with both feet, or the magnificently over-the-top performances by Martin Rayner, Nicholas Worth, and Tarik Ergin as the holodeck characters. Ergin deserves special credit for pretty much stealing the episode with his flailing robot, a delightful sendup of robots through old-timey sci-fi screen presentations from Flash Gordon to Forbidden Planet to Lost in Space.