I had a nice lengthy review and the Blogger decided to eat it...so...f*** you Blogger...I'm not writing the review over again.
Overall Rating: 6.8
A decent idea for a moral dilemma that gets wasted when the writer finds the "Voyager Escape Clause" to avoid answering that moral dilemma. As a result it lacked emotional resonance.
Lazy conflict resolution + good character work for McKay but lacking in memorable dialogue otherwise. Very Voyager-writer-esque...and that's not a compliment.
Any life this episode does have comes from good acting by David Hewlett...the rest is distinctly bland.
Good try...I'll give them credit for at least coming down firmly against ritualized suicide and population control...albeit they did so in an unrealistically "easy" way.