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Star Trek Ent - Season 2 - Episode 10

Star Trek Ent - 2x10 - Vanishing Point

Originally Aired: 2002-11-27

Synopsis:
Following her first experience in the transporter, a series of eerie events leads Hoshi to question whether she is the same person. [DVD]

My Rating - 1

Fan Rating Average - 4.85

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Problems
None that aren't dreamed up by Hoshi.

Factoids
- This is the first time Trip and Hoshi use the transporter.
- We get to see Hoshi's father in this episode.

Remarkable Scenes
- Just one scene after Phlox tries to give Hoshi a sedative, Trip says: "If I were you, I'd ask the doc for a sedative. Nothing like crawling into bed." Hoshi: "You men are all alike."

My Review
It was all a dream! My least favorite plot device. In a way though, the "it was all a dream" plot device saved the episode from a zero. Hoshi's dream made less and less sense as it went on, to the point where I was getting ready to write a big rant about all the technical problems. Fortunately, I don't have to do that, because it was just a dream. The actual episode lasted no longer than a few minutes though, so even if all the technical problems aren't really technical problems, stripping them away doesn't leave much an episode afterward. Linda Park did an excellent job playing Hoshi in this episode, especially considering the poor material she was given to work with. But this can't save the episode from its dismal premise.

The following are comments submitted by my readers.

  • From Pete Miller on 2007-01-27 at 4:09pm:
    I agree about the "it was all a dream" thing. Deus ex Machina and all its similar plot devices are for lazy writers who are trying to make it seem like a character is really in serious jeopardy. Probably so they could put some snippets up on the preview for "next week on UPN" and make people think Hoshi could get written off.

    Even though it was dreamed up, this made me remember the annoying problems of TNG: The Next Phase. Specifically that Hoshi/Ro/Geordi can pass through things but don't fall through the floor.
  • From Mitchell on 2012-12-19 at 7:54am:
    This episode feels a lot like a combo of TNG: The Next Phase and TNG: Remember Me. Weird transporter invisibility coupled with a fake dream world.
  • From Zorak on 2016-10-01 at 11:04am:
    Without doubt another very poor episode. I'll focus on the one little thing that I actually liked. It amused me how insistently the episode kept writing Cyrus Ramsey into Star Trek history and legend, only to have him also be a figment of Hoshi's imagination/dream.

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