Star Trek: Voyager (1998) – Retrospect, and The Killing Game

Captain’s log: stardate 51658.2

Bryan Fuller and Lisa Klink pen this Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) episode that came from a story by Andrew Shepard Price and Mark Gaberman. It first aired on 25 February, 1998.

The Voyager is looking to upgrade some of its weapon systems as it continues through Hirogen space, and they meet with Kovin (Micheal Horton) who plans to outfit the Starfleet vessel with an isokinetic cannon.

Seven is less than thrilled to work with Kovin on the installment of the weapon, and is equally troubled when she believes he has assaulted her. Torres (Roxann Dawson) backs up most of Seven’s initial story, Kovin grabbed Seven to shove her out of the way to work on the console, and she retaliated.

But then, Seven recalls and shares other memories she has of Kovin. But are they real? She recalls Kovin conducting surgery on her, and removing Borg technology from her. The Doctor (Robert Picardo) attempts to help, but despite his programming, some of it may be beyond his ability.

As the episode comes to its conclusion, we are left to wonder whether it happened or not. The evidence can go either way, and just the accusation alone is enough to ruin Kovin… whose truth is real? And that is what we are left with at the end of the episode

The end result affects Seven, the Doctor and Kovin, but not all of them are going to learn from their experience. But Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) will try to guide them through.

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Captain’s log: stardate unknown

Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky wrote this episode that first debuted on 4 March, 1998.

The predatory species, the Hirogen, capture the Voyager, and convert it to a massive holodeck where they reenact moments throughout Federation history as they hunt and almost kill a number of the crew, sending them to the sickbay before they die.

The Hirogen find the era of World War II particularly enjoyable, and the episode is set in occupied Paris, where our crew are working with the Allies and the Resistance. It gives the series a chance to do a war story as the crew are trapped in the story and unable to react outside the constraints of the program they find themselves in.

Harry (Garrett Wang), meanwhile, has been charged by the Hirogen with expanding all the holodecks, but he and the Doctor are trying to come up with a plan to disable the crew’s neural inhibitors (which keep them trapped in the constraints of the game) and hopefully retake the ship.

The episode comes to a cliffhanger ending with the American forces arriving, and an explosion revealing they are inside Voyager, and the Hirogen are ready for war, but we will have to wait until next week to see play out as I continue to explore The Complete Series on DVD from Paramount Pictures.

The Human Adventure continues as we boldly go…

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