This is a rare instance of an episode centering on B'Elanna Torres that could just have easily starred a different character. This is not to say that Roxanne Dawson is atypically bad in the episode, but that there's nothing particularly relevant to Torres in the story, which otherwise is a fairly typical if somewhat interesting Star Trek story about an alien culture trying to make sense of its place in the universe, and the general value of art. Again, I'm not saying that it's a waste of an episode, but that there's not a lot to sell it on. Move along!
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