Star Trek: Voyager (1996) – Prototype, and Alliances

Captain’s log: stardate unknown

Jonathan Frakes directs this episode from a script by Nicholas Corea that sees the Voyager picking up an automated life form floating in the vastness of space. First airing on 15 January, 1996, the story let Torres (Roxann Dawson) step to the fore.

Torres is sure that they can reactivate the being after they beam it aboard, and the robot (Rick Worthy) realizes that if Torres may be able to build more of its kind. The device kidnaps her and delivers a choice… build more, or it will destroy the Voyager.

There is some nice discussion before the abduction on whether Torres helping the robots reproduce is a violation of the Prime Directive or not. Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) makes a fantastic argument for not helping the robots, but it may all be moot once Torres is seized.

The robots attack the Voyager in an attempt to destroy them when they try to rescue Torres, and while the crew hurry to effect repairs, the engineer wrestles with the problems presented by the robots, as well as hoping to find a way to escape.

Things escalate when the Voyager realizes they may have stumbled into a robotic interplanetary war, and Torres and the Voyager crew realize they aren’t helping anyone reproduce, but only giving them more soldiers for the battle.

I like a lot of the B’Elanna Torres stories as she is one of my favorite characters in this series and this one is no exception, though I am not a big fan of the robot design.

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Captain’s log: stardate 49337.4

The Kazon are back in this episode written by Jeri Taylor that first aired on 22 January, 1996.

As the Voyager is constantly slammed and attacked by a variety of Kazon sects, Janeway and her crew decide to seek an alliance with some of the Kazon’s so that they can pass  through their space without further incident.

As Chakotay (Robert Beltran) suggests they attempt to think more like the Maquis, as opposed to the Federation, and advises flexibility to Janeway in proceeding. Even Tuvok (Tim Russ) advises a new approach to dealing with the Kazon, and Janeway is slowly swayed to the idea.

And they turn to their one contact in the Kazon sects… Seska (Marth Hackett).

But will they be able to find an equitable deal, or will the Voyager simply have to continue on its journey unaided? Or will another opportunity present itself?

No matter how it plays out, problems will no doubt arise for our crew, as there is a betrayal within the crew, and unusual allies are met all culminating in a terrible assault!

Next week the Human Adventure continues as I explore The Complete Series for both Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, both available on DVD now from Paramount Pictures.

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