Recap / Star Trek Voyager S 6 E 11 Fair Haven

While riding out a neutronic wavefront, the Voyager crew partakes in a holoprogram of an Irish village.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Ahem: The Doctor, so Harry Kim isn't stuck with the awkwardness of discussing the Captain's private life.
  • Artistic License Religion: One of the villagers tells the Doctor, who's playing the village minister, that he's "broken the Fifth Commandment again." The Doctor then effectively brushes him off with "ten Our Fathers," even though the outfit, the usage of "Our Father," and the Irish setting means he's likely playing a Catholic, and the Catholic Fifth Commandment is "Thou Shalt Not Kill."
  • Bar Brawl: Michael Sullivan starts one while upset over losing "Katie O'Claire."
  • The Bartender: Michael Sullivan.
  • Celibate Heroine: Not any more!
    Sullivan: There's no point in waiting any longer, is there?
    Janeway: Oh, I think I've waited long enough. (Cue Big Damn Kiss)
  • The Confidant: The Doctor for Janeway's love life.
    Doctor: If you want to talk, I've been hearing a lot of confessions lately.
  • Control Freak: Janeway adjusts Michael Sullivan's parameters to make him the perfect boyfriend.
  • Dance of Romance: It's a feisty jig with Michael that get's Janeway's blood pumping, leading to their Big Damn Kiss.
  • Delete The Hypotenuse: Captain Janeway realizes that Michael Sullivan is married, so she erases the wife so that she never existed in his life.
  • Foreshadowing: Seamus catches on when Janeway and the others mention the neutronic wavefront, hinting to the events of "Spirit Folk."
    • Also Tom Paris says he'll have the program up and running in six to seven weeks.
  • Has a Type: And what if you could change someone to be that type?
  • Hypocritical Humor: The Doctor bets five shillings against Harry in an arm-wrestling match with the local favorite. After Harry wins, he says "I knew you could do it, Ensign!"
  • The Internet is for Porn: Janeway's first sexual relationship is with a holodeck character. Chakotay drops a hint that he's indulged in that too.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Janeway is embarrassed when Chakotay catches her hanging on Michael's arm. Although he can't resist teasing her about it afterwards, Chakotay also makes it clear that she should go ahead and have some fun.
  • Kavorka Man: Seamus charms Seven of Nine into having a game of rings with him.
  • Kiss Me, I'm Virtual: Janeway with her holographic bartender lover Michael Sullivan.
  • Married to the Job: Averted; Janeway is working late as usual, when she decides to slip into Fair Haven and talk to that hunky Irish bartender. The Doctor eventually points out how absurdly limited her romantic prospects are anyway, so this could be the healthiest thing for her.
  • Nausea Fuel: In-Universe—Tuvok's already suffering from space sickness because of the neutronic wavefront, and Neelix talking about blood pudding and lamb's intestines isn't helping.
  • Negative Space Wedgie: A Class Nine neutronic wavefront. It's a storm IN SPACE!
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: In the end, Janeway locks the Michael Sullivan program so she can't make any more changes.
  • Oireland: Irish stereotypes abound! In fairness, it's not as bad as TNG's "Up the Long Ladder." And Tom specifically says he's not including leprechauns.
    • The transcript website Chakoteya describes the town as "the sort of idyllic cod-Irish town that exists only in the folk memory of several-generations-removed descendants of US Irish immigrants."
  • One-Sided Arm-Wrestling: Janeway does this with Michael, who notes that she's cheating by having her foot jammed against the bar (and even then, she can barely maintain a stalemate).
    JANEWAY: How else do you expect me to win?
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Tom programmed Michael Sullivan to be The Teetotaler, so he's surprised to see Sullivan Drowning His Sorrows.
  • Series Continuity Error: A crisis forces the Bridge to reroute all power to the shields, and it's pointed out that it includes shutting down active programs on the holodeck. Weren't they supposed to have incompatible power systems?
  • Ship Sinking: The episode that broke the hearts of J/(insert favourite character)'ers everywhere.
  • Skewed Priorities: Ensign Kim warns that diverting power from the holodeck (which the show already established is impossible) will cause them to lose most of Fair Haven, as though that's the most important thing when the ship is facing certain destruction.
  • Space Is an Ocean: Janeway decides to 'drop anchor', 'batten down the hatches' and ride out the wavefront.
  • Unequal Pairing: The Doctor points out that the Captain has few other romantic options, given that she's everyones' superior officer. It's either this or a dalliance which some alien that she'd have to break up as soon as it was time for Voyager to move on.
  • Voodoo Shark: Besides the already-established VS with the holodeck power, apparently there's an entire sequence to shutting it down that causes data loss if the program isn't saved. Even though it's only taken "Computer, end program" to turn it off.
  • Walk and Talk: The Doctor and Janeway walk through the corridors while discussing certain sensitive issues.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?
  • You Talk Too Much: When the Doctor suggests an expanded role for his priest character, Tom suggests a monastery where he takes a permanent vow of silence. Janeway finds this Actually Pretty Funny, but Doc is not amused.

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