Star Trek: Voyager’s best episode is Blink of an Eye, at least according to IMDB.
Star Trek: Voyager is an underrated show by all accounts. It’s one of the best shows to ever grace the television screen but it was inundated with the fact that Star Trek was everywhere during its run. The original film series had just wrapped up, the Next Generation era of films was just starting, and then Deep Space Nine was airing alongside Voyager.
Granted DS9 was in syndication, but still, Voyager had to deal with a lot of competition in-house from other Trek properties. I firmly believe that due to that over-abundance of Trek properties, fans got burnout and unfairly judged Voyager due to that.
I think Voyager is as good as any of the properties in Trek, and I think the series deserves to be seen in a better light, so I’m happy to shine that light on the series whenever I can. Like today, as we discuss if one specific episode of Voyager is in fact, the best.
Is “Blink of an Eye” the best Star Trek: Voyager episode?
IMDB is a pretty good aggregate site, unlike something like Rotten Tomatoes, which doesn’t adhere to a singular evaluation criterion. It’s simple, voters can log in, vote on a series, episode, or movie on a scale from one to 10 and that’s that.
So it’s more reliable for evaluating how fans few certain properties. That’s why we’re looking at IMDB’s pick for the best Voyager episode; “Blink of an Eye”. The 12th episode of season six has a 9.0 out of 10 on IMDB and beats out other classics like “Scorpion Part 1&2”, “Year of Hell”, “Timeless” and others.
So what’s the episode about? Voyager finds a planet that passes at an increased rate of time, where one second on Voyager, equals a day on the planet. They arrive at a time when the people on the planet don’t know anything about space travel, but as the episode advances, a ship eventually comes up from the planet to greet Voyager.
The planet has advanced thousand of years in just a matter of days, and eventually, they send up an astronaut to meet the crew. It’s a pretty novel concept but personally, I feel it lacks the emotional resonance of others around it.
If we’re talking about the “best” episode of Voyager, there is no right answer. My answer, however, would be “Timeless” or “Deadlock”, two Harry Kim-centric episodes. The idea that the real Harry Kim (or real Voyager) gets destroyed in Deadlock and the survivors end up uniting in the aftermath is incredibly inventive.
Then in Timeless, it’s very much Voyager’s Days of Futures Past, where Voyager gets destroyed and the survivors go back in time to prevent it from happening.
There is no right answer though. What would you say your favorite episode of Voyager is?