Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Spirit Folk”

Faith and begorrah! The crew returns to the Fair Haven holodeck program for no compellingly good reason. Saints preserve us! On the bright side, though, we get to see Harry Kim kiss a cow. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch wishes a top o’ the mornin’ to “Spirit Folk.”

An excerpt:

I’m just sitting here trying to figure out why anybody thought doing a sequel to “Fair Haven” was a good idea. Hell, I’m still having trouble figuring out why anyone thought doing “Fair Haven” in the first place was a good idea.

There are some things I like better in this than in “Fair Haven.” For starters, there are literary references to actual works of literature! Besides The Faerie Queene, we get mentions and/or sightings of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. The Olds Runabout was cool. And Harry Kim smooches a cow.

Unfortunately, these aren’t enough to mitigate the awfulness, from the actual honest-to-goodness use of “Saints preserve us!” to the EMH somehow being hypnotized, which is simply not possible for a photonic life form, to the tired stereotypes to the idiocy of the holodeck being able to be destroyed by a holographic rifle.

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