This sixth episode of the third season deals with a very tough subject with a certain sensitivity: genocide. You probably don’t need a Star Trek episode to prove that under no circumstances is genocide acceptable, but Remember conveys that message with an extremely thrilling story. In short, this is another of those amazing episodes to be used as an answer to the question: “Why do you like Star Trek so much?”
The USS Voyager is giving a lift to a group of Enara Prime citizens belonging to a species with telepathic abilities. It’s not long before B’Elanna Torres starts having very intense dreams (yes, the premise is identical to the episode Violations, of the fifth season of The Next Generation) concerning a forbidden relationship between a woman and an Enaran named Dathan (Charles Esten), a member of a group (the Regressives) that refuses to use the technology that the Enara Prime’s civilization is developing. The episode is therefore divided between the journey of the Starfleet ship and the life on Enara Prime lived by B’Elanna in which she witnesses not only the tragic development of the love story, but also the dramatic events experienced on the planet (which all really happened a few decades earlier, we discover later).
As it’s traditional in Star Trek, any character who’s introduced as positive and friendly in an episode always turns out to be an evil bastard before the end of the episode. This episode is no exception: the beautiful Jessen (Athena Massey) and the kind Jora Mirell (Eve H. Brenner) are part of a peaceful society which in the past has committed an indelible crime. The crime in question is a genocide against a part of the same population guilty of not sharing the same ideas about technology of their leaders.
B’Elanna discovers the truth when a dying Mirell tells her the whole story because she doesn’t want to take this secret, shared by all the senior members of the government, to the grave. Obviously, the half Klingon does everything in her power to make everything public but the Enarans who participated in the genocide deny doing anything wrong and the young Enarans refuse to believe it. The ending is really beautiful and full of hope, though, because B’Elanna convinces Jessen to share Mirell’s past memories with her, so that she can give young people a chance to come to terms with their dark past. It’s touching, moving, well shot, well acted (with an amazing Roxann Dawson)… what more do you want from a Star Trek episode? Ciao!
PS: The Delta Flyers podcast shout out: It was interesting to find out that this episode was originally born in The Next Generation with Deanna Troi as the protagonist. Now that I think about it, it makes perfect sense, but it must be said that Roxann Dawson did a great job here.
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