I am captain and so far it is the most powerful ability in pvp I have encountered. Everything shuts down for at least ten seconds. I do not know how long it lasts because I am destroyed by then. Is there a way to counteract it anyone?
If VM is shutting you down then pre-casting science team when you are about to enter range will help a lot. If you have a higher level Tac Officer, Attack Pattern Omega will break VM after you have been hit by it.