Captain’s log: stardate unknown
Bryan Fuller, Nick Sagan, and Kenneth Biller pen the teleplay for this episode from a story by Fuller. It first aired on 26 April, 1999 and sees the Voyager coming across a Malon freighter (we’ve encountered them before; they seem to be okay with polluting the galaxy by dumping their toxic waste wherever they like) that has been damaged, and is close to exploding. If that happens, the entire section of space the ship is occupying will be contaminated with lethal radiation.
Torres (Roxann Dawson), Chakotay (Robert Beltran) and Neelix (Ethan Phillips) beam over the the Malon ship to help the survivors and work their way deck by deck, corridor by corridor to the control room, but there may be another complication.
There may be something else on board with them, something the Malon call the Vihaar.
With a ticking clock, and a dangerous threat, the trio have their work cut out for them.
Through the course of the episode we learn that Torres has been ordered to spend time with Tuvok (Tim Russ) to meditate and help moderate her anger, which even Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) can’t defuse.
Will that anger help or hinder Torres as the tension mounts, and what is the true nature of the Vihaar? What is the Vihaar?
It’s an interesting episode, and I quite like the idea of a ticking clock episode, and I always enjoy a solid Torres episode, because she has always been a favorite character of mine.
Captain’s log: stardate 52648.0
Robert Duncan McNeill directs this episode from a script by Micheal Taylor from a story by Brannon Braga. It first debuted on 28 April, 1999.
Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) gets another episode when the Voyager makes first contact with the Kadi, a race that has some strict and ritualistic societal interactions. Intrigued by the concepts, Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) suggests to the former drone that she learn more about interactions, human behavior, social and romantic, and the Doctor (Robert Picardo) seems to be the teacher to do the job.
Unfortunately, the teacher may begin falling for his student.
Meanwhile Neelix has his hands full with one of the Kadi, Tomin (Scott Thompson) who has discovered some of the more liberal and fun tasting foods and liquids that the Starfleet vessel carries, and consequently becomes a bit of a wild man.
It’s a bit of a lighter episode that allows for a fun breather before more serious events blossom on the horizon as we draw on the close of the fifth season, and Scott Thompson is hilarious (as always!).
The Human Adventure continues next week with more adventures from Star Trek: Voyager – The Complete Series on DVD from Paramount Canada.