Little Red (mylittleredgirl) wrote,
Little Red

Holodeckathon: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Fortress of Doom...

So I was going back and tagging these posts (because I broke down and realized this minimarathon isn't so mini and needs its own tag) and realized that I FORGOT to mention the epic costuming crackfest that is "Qpid." So, that's here, along with a few more seasons of Voyager, because they spend just way too much time in the holodeck on that ship.

TNG, Season 4


Riker can wear the hell out of a fur shawl.

I watched this with the rest of TNG so have no idea why I didn't include it in a previous post. I can only assume it was because my mind was blown with the sheer crazy. Q, being phenomenally bored (and believing that he owes Picard something "nice") whisks the entire command staff, plus Vash as Maid Marian, into a fantasy recreation of Robin Hood. Everybody looks fabulous in leggings. Picard theoretically learns the importance of love and sacrifice or whatever - Q kind of makes up the life lessons as he goes along - but triumphs in the end... only to lose Vash to Q's omnipotent charms. This is okay with me, because Vash and Q have much more in common, and they can traipse around the universe discussing all the ways they're going to mess with Jean-Luc's head next time they're in this dimension.

Voyager, Season 3

"Worst Case Scenario"

Okay, if there was threesome fic, I would read it.

B'Elanna finds what she thinks is a secret holonovel about a Maquis mutiny on Voyager, and everyone loves it. Except Janeway and Chakotay, who want to know who's writing seditious fanfic. It turns out it's Tuvok! Psych. It's actually a security training exercise he never finished since everyone started getting along and sleeping with each other. Tom volunteers to write the rest of what is sure to become the crackiest holonovel of all time ("and then Voyager turns into a muscle car and they go through a spatial anomaly that makes all the women go topless!"), so Tuvok tries to reassert authorial control, while B'Elanna just wants it to become a romance novel (CANON!). However, they're all massively trolled by Seska, the greatest hacker in the universe, who rewrote the program back in season 1 so that the holographic ship and crew will torture and kill Tuvok (and Tom, who is there to provide his sophisticated creative insight) BECAUSE SHE CAN. Seska >>> everyone. Except by the end Janeway > Seska, and also, she's still alive.

Voyager, Season 4:

"The Killing Game"

A sci-fi series just ain't a sci-fi series until you have aliens dressed as Nazis.

According to an informal poll of my immediate family and my dog, this is the best freaking Voyager episode, period. It's awesome. The Hirogen have taken over the ship, and because they want to prolong the hunt, they suppress everyone's memories and program them to believe that they're characters in various deadly holodeck scenarios. While Harry Kim and a few other unfortunates are forced to build out the holodecks until they cover half the ship, the rest of the crew believe they're in the French resistance (or the incoming American army) during WW2. They all look amaaazing. Later, Seven and Janeway regain their memories just in time for the invading American army to bust off the holodeck and into the rest of the ship. Best moments include Janeway and Chakotay-as-American-soldier blowing up sickbay with dynamite, B'Elanna and Tom's cute holographic romance, and Harry Kim saving himself by remembering a random detail that Tom probably told him one of those times when he just wouldn't shut up about the 20th century.

I make this look goooood.

"Living Witness"

I picked out these gloves at the Evil Doppelganger Surplus Store.

Alien holodeck time! The episode opens on Voyager, but you can tell it's an evil version of Voyager because Janeway's wearing leather gloves, all the guys have dyed black hair, and they're committing genocide. Because there is no justice, this is not a mirror universe episode, but instead a holodeck in an alien museum 500 years in the future. I should point out that the museum guests are watching the holodeck simulation - a full-fledged physical holodeck simulation - through a little window on the exterior wall. So they could just be watching a movie. Anyway, the museum curator finds an artifact that turns out to be the Doctor's backup module (I'm relieved to know they back him up!), activates him, and they argue about the merits of history. Robert Picardo does his best to make this episode interesting, but they tell us in the teaser that Voyager survived the encounter and that it was 500 years ago... so really, no one cares. Next!

Voyager Season 5

"Extreme Risk"

Sadly, this is not a precursor to cave sex.

So, two episodes after Janeway tries to kill herself in "Night," B'Elanna spends an episode trying to kill herself on the holodeck. She's understandably colossally depressed after hearing that the Maquis all died, and she wasn't the most stable mental cookie to begin with, so she withdraws from everything and starts self-injuring on the holodeck by running extremely dangerous programs with the safeties off. Her emotional decline is a little painful to watch, but it's so worth it, because Chakotay stages a one-man intervention and he is AWESOME. I'm not saying he isn't sexy when he's building bathtubs and whatever, but damn, I love a man with a spine.

"Bride of Chaotica!"

I'm not sure this even needs a caption.

Tom Paris, chairperson of the Voyager Society for Creative Anachronism, and Harry Kim, permanent sidekick, are playing a 1930s-esque black and white sci-fi holoprogram called Captain Proton. As occasionally happens, Voyager runs into a subspace something, and photonic aliens end up in a war with Captain Proton's nemesis, the nefarious Doctor Chaotica. To save the aliens from Chaotica, Tom ropes Janeway into a one-time engagement as Queen Arachnia, in the superlative costume you see above, and it's probably the most fun she has had in five years. I note that this is what happens when the holodeck malfunctions but the safeties stay on.

It's not at all the funniest scene in the episode, but here's a link to possibly my favorite briefing room scene of all time. I would totally support your decision to remain on youtube and watch the entire episode!

As always, caps are from!
Tags: fandom: star trek, fandom: voyager, holodeckathalon

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