- Bizarro Episode: Let's put it this way: when Mark Oshiro reviewed all the Voyager episodes, he was fond of saying "Keep Voyager Weird" because he admired the show's willingness to explore more outlandish concepts than other Trek shows. And yet this episode was too surreal even for him.
- Fridge Brilliance: This episode explains a hell of a lot about Chakotay's personality. He's been playing the Only Sane Man since childhood, when he was expected to watch his mentally ill grandfather, which goes worlds to explaining why he doesn't seem fazed by his eccentric shipmates on Voyager. His fear of insanity also explains why one of the few times he does seem genuinely frightened or worried are when someone or something is messing with his mind (as seen in "Unity," "Waking Moments," and "Memorial," for instance.) (Which makes one wonder how much came from the heart knowing Beltran's upbringing and mentally challenged brother)
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The constant use of the phrase "crazy old man" will make this episode impossible for any fan of Phelous to take seriously.
- Ho Yay: The opening scene, where Tom is restraining a panicking Chakotay. The way they touch each other is...pretty difficult to read as heterosexual. The concern Tom shows for Chakotay throughout the rest of the episode only adds fuel to the fire.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Despite its reputation as one of the worse episodes (if not the absolute worst) of Voyager, many fans actually will agree that a lot of the material regarding Chakotay's backstory did have some potential, which was lost thanks to the finished episode's excessive levels of Mind Screw and Padding, on top of a generally jumbled story structure.
YMMV / Star Trek Voyager S 5 E 18 The Fight