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Memorial

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Production # 936
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Original Airdate: 2 February, 2000
Order in Season 6: 6 Order in VOY: 126
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Synopsis - When all the members of the away team dream of fighting in some sort of war, memories of a massacre surface; a massacre in which they killed 82 civillians.

Memorial is a powerful reminder that war and mass killing are never good things to partake in. This episode tends to get violent in some parts; with one of the worst scenes probably being where Harry Kim shoots down two civillians with a disrupter rifle. But as violent as scenes like that may be, viewed in the right perspective and in the context of this episode, it is a good reminder of the horror of war and why we should try to avoid it.

This episode serves as a witness to atrocities committed on a fictional world in the Star Trek Universe; but it is in the same vein as Schindler's List and Gettysburg (as mentioned by Janeway in the ep).

And while this story is a story and ficticious, it reminds us that when atrocities like this occur in the real world, we must remember and honor those who lost their lives, so that their deaths may not be in vain. And not just the incidents that make world-wide headlines; we remember ones in our own communities as well; such as all the unfortunate high school shootings in various parts of the United States, or in my hometown of Ottawa, Canada, the OC Transpo shooting.

I don't want to say that this episode tells us to do anything, because the day we start taking orders from the TV will be a very sad day indeed; but rather I'd like to say that this episode reminds us of something we should know already: Remember all of these incidents, and take steps to prevent them from repeating.

On a lighter note, a nice touch was B'Elanna's welcome home gift to Tom: a television. Especially the way they capitalized on the stereotype of the guy with his beer paying more attention to the hockey game than his girl. Seeing the attitudes that most guys, including myself to an extent, are guilty of when it comes to watching television, in the setting of Star Trek wonderfully funny and quite refreshing.

Cast

Series' Regulars
Captain Kathryn Janeway™ - Kate Mulgrew
Commander Chakotay™ - Robert Beltran
Lieutenant Commander Tuvok™ - Tim Russ
The Doctor™ - Robert Picardo
B'Elanna Torres™ - Roxann Dawson
Lieutenant Tom Paris™ - Robert Duncan McNeill
Ensign Harry Kim™ - Garrett Wang
7 of 9™ - Jeri Ryan
Neelix™ - Ethan Phillips

Semi-Regulars
Naomi Wildman - Scarlett Pomers
Computer Voice - Majel Barrett (Uncredited)

Guest Cast
- L.L. Ginter
Soldier One - Fleming Brooks
Young Soldier - Joe Mellis
Alien Woman - Susan Savage
Female Colonist - Maria Spassoff
Dying Colonist - Robert Allen Colaizzi, Jr.
Crew Member - David Keith Anderson

Teleplay by:

Robin Burger

Story by:

Brannon Braga
Directed by: Allan Kroeker


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