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YMMV / Star Trek Voyager S 4 E 16 Retrospect

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  • Unfortunate Implications: As SF Debris points out in his review, the episode's focus on the Doctor forces Seven's trauma (whether from a real assault or false memories) into the background, never to be addressed.
  • Values Dissonance: This episode ended up badly on the wrong side of history, with its message that the Doctor was wrong to trust the word of someone who claimed to have been "violated" in an obvious rape metaphor. Especially since it's never clear what exactly Seven's flashbacks were, if they didn't happen.
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  • Values Resonance: ...On the other hand, this episode ended up solidly on the right side of history with its demonstration of how much damage the flawed idea of "recovered memories" can do. The Doctor's attempt to recover the memories creates false ones that not only cause the death of the man accused, they do very real damage to Seven as well by making her experience the emotional burnout of an assault that there's strong evidence never happened.

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