Star Trek: Voyager is a personal favorite of yours truly, and it has several episodes that would make great viewing this Thanksgiving.
Sometimes when a holiday rolls around, it’s always nice to take stock of what makes that holiday so important. With Halloween, it’s the spooky vibe that comes with it. With Christmas, it’s the generosity of the season. For Thanksgiving, it’s about being thankful. That’s why we’re taking a look at just three episodes from Star Trek: Voyager that have a heartwarming message to remind you of things to be grateful for.
This isn’t all the episodes, just three that really hammers home an important message and touches on real issues that are shockingly adaptable to non-space fairing themes.
These are three episodes to watch back to remind you of what’s important in life.
This one hits right in the heart. It’s a story about a baby-Borg drone, who somehow has three parents (The Doctor, Seven of Nine, and Ensign Mulchaey) and quickly grows up over the span of an episode from a baby to a full-grown, super-advanced, Borg drone. Though he’s not a typical drone, in fact, he sees himself as a unique being and begins calling himself One. Throughout the episode, the threat of the Borg looms and eventually One decides to fight his own kind as to protect those he’s learned to care about. It’s an episode that hammers home the idea that family isn’t just blood. Sometimes being around loved ones in the coldest of months is the most important thing to be grateful for.
Latent Image is an episode that dives into the idea of meddling in another’s life and deciding what is best for them without their input. The Doctor is forced with an ethical dilemma; two people are seriously wounded. One is a friend, one isn’t. Who does he save? In this episode, The Doctor saves his friend, Harry Kim and because of that choice begins to malfunction due to a feedback loop. Stuck with facing a moral dilemma and being unable to function, The Doctor ends up having his memory deleted by Captain Janeway, only for the memories and events to creep their way back into his life. Eventually, Janeway decides to restore The Doctor’s full memory and let him work it out on his own. Eventually, he’s able to deal with his trauma, but in his own way and on his own time. Knowing you have people in your life that will allow you the time to grieve and heal is actually a very good thing to be grateful for
Someone to Watch Over Me
Another melancholy episode that sees The Doctor finally starting to figure out the human experience; by falling in love. His feelings for Seven of Nine finally come to a head when he begins helping her search for a suitable mate on the ship. Obviously, The Doctor hopes it’s him but ends up being disappointed when Seven rejects everyone on the ship. Though the Doctor carries a torch for her that he can never share, he continues to guide her going forward. It’s a touching episode that truly does examine what it means to love and be loved. Even The Doctor never got the girl in the end, he still ended up developing a relationship with Seven that changed him for the better. That’s a good thing to be thankful for.