Star Trek: Voyager (1998) – Extreme Risk, and In the Flesh

Captain’s log: stardate unknown

Kenneth Biller pens this Torres (Roxann Dawson) episode that first aired on 28 October, 1998.

It also sees the crew, led by Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill), begins building a new shuttle christened the Delta Flyer, and they must finish it before the polluting Malon beat them to a planet to recover a lost probe.

Meanwhile, it seems Torres is pushing herself to the limit by participating in dangerous holodeck programs with the safety protocols disengaged. Causing the crew to worry about her.

There’s some smart ideas going on in this episode, exploring the concept of self-harm, and edging around the corners of the Paris-Torres relationship.

I love how Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and Chakotay (Robert Beltran) take her to task for her activities and injuries, while also showing compassion in their own ways. Janeway, is disappointed in her, and proves once again why she’s a fantastic captain, and so is her crew.

I like how this story plays out, and it brings an important issue to the screen, in its own Trek way, but I can’t help but wonder if this episode helped anyone confront their own problems. There is talk about self harm, as well as clinical depression.

It’s interesting to know that even in the 24th century, people are coping with similar problems that we face today, and that friends and support can get people through. And I like that Torres is the subject of the episode and deals with these things. She was always one of my fave characters in this series.


Captain’s log: stardate 52136.4

Nick Sagan, son of Carl Sagan, pens this episode that first aired on 4 November, 1998, and sees the return of Species 8472. The crew of the Voyager come across a remote station in the Gamma Quadrant that is uncannily detailed in terms of being a replica of Starfleet Academy and Starfleet Command.

It seems this dangerous species has an unrevealed talent, that with the correct dosage of drugs, they can shape-shift into other humanoid forms.

Chakotay investigates, and is stunned by the details, including the appearance of the groundskeeper, Boothby (Ray Walston). Kate Vernon also guests as Valerie Archer, as well as Zach Gallian (briefly).

Janeway and the crew realize they may be the only people who can stop their enemy, who has vowed to wipe out all life in their quadrant. Without help, they have to figure a way to stop Species 8472, but what if 8472 knows they are there?

This is a great episode, and is a lot of fun to see play out, as the familiar grounds of Starfleet may turn into a battleground before the end of the episode, unless Janeway, Chakotay and the rest can find a way to broker a peace.

The Human Adventure continues next week as Star Trek: Voyager – The Complete Series on DVD carries on courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Boldly go…


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