Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – Warhead and Equinox: Part 1

Captain’s log: stardate unknown

Micheal Taylor and Kenneth Biller pen the penultimate episode of the fifth season from a story by Brannon Braga. It first aired on 19 May, 1999.

An alien weapon imbued with its own sentience links with the Voyager’s EMH program (Robert Picardo) and takes it over intent on carrying out its program of mass destruction.

There are some nice character moments for both Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) and Harry (Garrett Wang). We learn it’s the one year anniversary of Paris and Torres’ (Roxann Dawson) relationship, and Harry has been getting more command experience, taking command of the bridge on night shifts, and leading away missions.

This away mission leads to trouble, however, when the Doctor encounters the weapon that takes over his programming. It poses a threat to the entire ship even though the crew does its best to help the sentience by disarming it.

It allows Picardo a chance to do something different as well, as he portrays the weapon, who has a singular focus, and plans to use the Voyager to continue its mission, and puts him in a tense antagonistic relationship with Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and the rest of the crew.

It’s also an episode that shows the characters all working together in equal balance to resolve the situation, something that to me, also helps define Trek. Sure Harry starts feeling sorry for himself for making the decision to bring the weapon aboard, but the rest of it shows how the crew has grown together.

we see a united crew leading us into the season finale…

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Captain’s log: stardate unknown

Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky pen the season finale from a story they developed with Rick Berman. It first aired on 26 May, 1999.

A glimmer of hope arrives when the Voyager comes across another Starfleet vessel, the U.S.S. Equinox, commanded by Captain Ransom (John Savage), also stranded in the Delta Quadrant. The crews are happy to encounter each other, but the Equinox is hiding a terrible secret.

It seems the Equinox has been under sustained by a group of aliens who are acting in revenge. It seems Ransom and his crew have been killing the aliens and using their inter-spatial physiology to make enhance their warp abilities.

Janeway is appalled, but Ransom and is crew aren’t done yet, they kidnap Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), replace the Doctor’s program with their own EMH, and make off with the Voyager’s Emergency Medical Hologram and his mobile emitter.

We are left with a dangling cliffhanger that sees the Voyager under attack by the aliens, while the Equinox escapes with their hostages.

The Equinox serves somewhat as a dark mirror of the Voyager, as it shows the differences between the captains and their crews as they both try to find their way home.

The Human Adventure continues as I begin season six on Thursday as I explore The Complete Series on DVD from Paramount Canada.

Boldly go…

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