Star Trek: Voyager #12
Marvel/Paramount Comics (December, 1997)
“Leviathan” part 2
WRITER: Laurie S. Sutton
PENCILER: Jesus Redondo
INKER: Sergio Melia
COLORIST: Matt Webb
LETTERER: Chris Eliopoulos
EDITOR: Tim Tuohy
Janeway attempt to reason with the living AI controlling the ship collective into letting them and the Elessians go, but it refuses even before Harry’s curiosity gets them sent back to Voyager. The crew work to free themselves and create a device that will temporarily tranquilize the AI but the neutralizer does too good a job so Torres and Carey have to save it for the sake of the other enclosures who couldn’t live without it, Deciding humans aren’t worth the trouble the Leviathan decides to move on. The Elessians invite Janeway over to celebrate with them as their “battle sister”.
What they got right: This is what I was talking about during this week’s Chapter By Chapter review. The story has the crew encountering a living artificial intelligence and has to actually do something to defeat it without killing it off. They don’t just say “we’ll leave it be” and move on, though admittedly they can’t, but something actually happens in the interaction that’s interesting. It’s a satisfying conclusion to the story.
What they got wrong: The attempt to connect this thing to V’Ger just feels forced and is totally unnecessary to the story. It could be that Sutton wanted to do a later story exploring V’Ger’s origins but it doesn’t do anything for the story.
What I think overall: A good ending to this two-parter and is a better showing than many episodes of the show.