Captain’s log: stardate 54553.4
Raf Green and James Kahn pen the teleplay for this episode from a story developed by Green and Kenneth Biller. It first debuted on 14 February, 2001.
As the Voyager continues it’s homeward journey, they tumble into a subspace pocket which has trapped ships over the years, and those aboard the ships steal from one another to survive.
Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and the rest must convince them all to work together if they plan to escape.
But when others are willing to kill and steal to take supplies, will the Starfleet vessel and crew be able to stay true to their own code of ethics, and show that cooperation is the best plan for everyone involved?
There are action beats, new alien races, discoveries about some of them, and a not really surprising reveal that the seemingly most unlikely ally is the key to their escape. Still, it’s a fun episode and this is one of the episodes that lets all of the cast have a moment or two to shine as they work together to find a way out, and get home.
The episode features familiar character actor Scott Lawrence as one of the aliens trapped in the void, and perhaps a new ally for the Voyager crew.
Like I said, it’s a predictable tale, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any less enjoyable. In fact it allows for a bit of a respite before we begin the race towards the season finale, as we are over the halfway mark.
It’s time to start wrapping things up.
Captain’s log: stardate 54584.3
Kenneth Biller and Bryan Fuller penned this episode, that surprise, is a two-parter and I’ll have to until next week to see how it plays out. It originally aired on 21 February, 2001.
Returning from an away mission, Chakotay (Robert Beltran), Harry (Garrett Wang) and Neelix (Ethan Phillips) find the Voyager deserted but for the Doctor (Robert Picardo) as they work to track down their missing crewmates, they discover they’ve been kidnapped, had their memories erased, and placed into the workforce of an alien planet.
Janeway settles into her new life, and may be on the verge of a romance. Tuvok (Tim Russ), however, is on the edge of a breakdown as he starts to recall the events that led to the crew being used in the workforce.
Chakotay and Neelix beam down to the planet to hunt up their friends, leaving the Doctor and Harry to debate who is in charge, and we get a cliffhanger ending after Chakotay ends up being caught by the security force running the planet and it’s labour.
The Human Adventure continues next week as I explore the seventh and final chapter of Star Trek: Voyager with The Complete Series on DVD from Paramount Canada.