"Rise"

Season Three, Episode 19
Teleplay by Brannon Braga
Story by Jimmy Diggs
Directed by Robert Scheerer
Main Cast:
Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran as Chakotay
Roxann Dawson as B'Elanna Torres
Jennifer Lien as Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill as Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips as Neelix
Robert Picardo as The Doctor
Tim Russ as Tuvok
Garrett Wang as Harry Kim

Guest Cast:
Alan Oppenheimer as Nezu Ambassador
Lisa Kaminir as Lillias
Kelly Connell as Sklar
Tom Towles as Dr. Vatm
Geof Prysirr as Hanjuan
Gary Bullock as Goth 


Plot:

Voyager is assisting evactuate a Nezu planet which is endangered by asteroids. Janeway sends Tuvok and Neelix to help several prominent members of the Nezu on a rescue mission. 


Review: 

And I thought The Darkling was bad.

The ironically titled Rise, however, represents even more of a slump for the series. Whereas The Darkling was boring, pointless and dull, Rise is boring, pointless, dull, tedious, inane, poorly written, dreadfully acted, badly directed - even the special effects are crap. Here's a quote from Friends which succinctly conveys my very thoughts after watching this episode - "didn't that make you wanna peel the skin off your body just so you had something else to do?". Oh, yes.

I really don't want to think about this much more, but here are a few other comments; the Neelix/Tuvok stuff was supposedly meant to be entertaining but was exceptionally irritating, much like the characters themselves. I'm sick of them both! Due to a combination of the dreadful script and the atrocious performances of the actors playing them, the guest characters are exceptionally dull and bland, none of them having so much as an ounce of personality to differentiate them from each other. Except for obvious differences in appearance, such as one of them being bald and another a woman, I couldn't tell them apart, didn't pick up on any individual personality traits and couldn't give a toss about any of them (including, to be perfectly honest, Tuvok and Neelix!).

When you're trying to have a tight, claustrophobic drama in which one of them is meant to be a murderer, it helps if you can tell them apart. Nope, it all fell completely flat on its inept execution. In a fit of excruiciating boredom I just about took to counting the number of leaves on the plant above the telly. One last thing; why on earth were the special effects so miserable? Unconvincing is one thing, but these were seriously dreadful; I'd swear we've seen more convincing visuals on TOS.

It's almost as if everyone involved with the making of this episode; the writers, actors, director, producers and special effects guys all decided that this week, just for fun, they were going to deliberatly do the shoddiest job they possibly could, just for a laugh! I'm not laughing. Rise? "Risable" is a more apt title for what's undoutedly the worst episode of Voyager since Threshold.

Rating: 2


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