Scorpion, Part II
Original Air Date: September 3, 1997
Mission Stardate: 51003.7
Once the Borg cube and U.S.S. Voyager safely escape from the bioships of Species 8472, Captain Janeway reports from inside th cube that she has negotiated a temporary alliance with the Borg. The Doctor's modified Borg nanoprobes, which are designed to target and wipe out the alien cells, are injected into Ensign Kim, successfully curing him of the alien infection ravaging his system. Lieutenant Tuvok beams over to the Borg ship to help Janeway develop a method to deliver the nanoprobes to the bioships. The Borg try to forcibly link them to the Collective, but Janeway persuades them to instead choose one Borg as a representative through whom they can communicate. In the next chamber, a female Borg detaches from her alcove and introduces herself as Seven of Nine.
The cube suddenly comes under attack by a bioship, and Janeway suffers a severe neural shock. To protect the nanoprobes, the cube sacrifices itself by colliding with the bioship, destroying both. Seconds before the cube explodes, Janeway, Tuvok, Seven of Nine and several Borg are beamed back to Voyager.
When Seven of Nine orders Commander Chakotay to turn the ship around and head toward more Borg vessels, he ends the alliance. Seven takes the war to the aliens, using Voyager's deflector emitter to open a doorway into the aliens' universe, and the ship is pulled through. Chakotay discovers the Borg started the war in a vain attempt to assimilate Species 8472. Janeway recovers and is furious at Chakotay for not maintaining the alliance, but both realize that they have no choice but to complete the bioweapon and make a last desperate stand.
When the enemy fleet arrives and the bioships power up to deliver the killing stroke, Voyager fires the nonoporbe torpedoes, and the hulls of the bioships dissolve and explode. When Voyager arrives back in its own universe, a dozen bioships are lying in ambush, but all are destroyed by the final high-yield warhead. With the war over and Species 8472 in retreat back to its own universe, Seven announces that the Borg intend to assimilate Voyager. Expecting this, Janeway initiates a power surge that cuts off Seven's link to the Collective. As Voyager heads out of Borg Space, Janeway decides to keep Seven on board, where the crew can offer her something the Collective can't - friendship.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: September 10, 1997
Mission Stardate: Unknown
In the aftermath of the recent encounter with the Borg, Captain Kathryn Janeway visits on of U.S.S. Voyager's cargo bays, and a Borg regenerative alcove containing the drone Seven of Nine. Cut off from the Borg Collective, Seven's human physiology has begun to reassert itself, but her regenerating human cells are at war with the Borg implants still infesting her system. Seven awakens, confused and panicked when she cannot hear the voices of the Collective inside her head. Seven demands to be returned to the Collective, but Janeway refuses to reenter Borg space. While helping the Doctor remove the Borg implants from Seven's body in Sickbay, Kes begins to undergo a transformation of her own, displaying new and extraordinary telekinetic abilities.
Digging through the computer's database, Janeway discovers that Seven of Nine is actually Annika Hansen, who was only a young human girl when she and her explorer parents headed off to the Delta Quadrant, where Annika was assimilated. With her human immune system growing stronger, the Doctor must remove her Borg implants to save her life. As he begins the surgery, Seven goes into neural shock, and Kes manifests her new telekinetic powers by telepathically locating and dissolving the implant that is sending Seven into seizures.
Janeway recruits Seven to help remove the Borg modifications to Voyager's warp drive. When she gets the chance, Seven tries to access a subspace transmitter to contact the Borg. Kes, now able to manipulate the essence of matter, mentally causes the relay to explode, but this causes part of the ship's structure to destabilize. In the brig, Seven tells Janeway it is in her nature to betray the humans, but Janeway is certain Seven can again become a human individual. Seven desperately pleads to be returned to her own kinds, saying she doesn't want humanity forced on her. Janeway shows Seven a picture of herself as a child, and tells Seven that she is only giving back to her what was stolen.
As Kes attempts to explain to Neelix about her transformation, her body goes into flux and begins to destabilize at the subatomic level. The young Ocampan tells the Captain it is time for her to leave, not only because her new ablities are endangering the ship, but because she is eager to explore her transformation. As Janeway bids her friend a tearful farewell, the change begins again, and Janeway rushes Kes to a shuttle. As Voyager's hull starts to destabilize, Kes flies away, and her entire body diffuses into energy and light. Voyager is suddenly caught up in a force wave that sweeps it along at impossible speeds. When the ride ends, the ship is 9,500 light-years from its previous position, safely beyond Borg space. Janeway tells the crew that Kes' parting gift to them was to transport them ten years closer to home.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Day of Honor
Original Air Date: September 17, 1997
Mission Stardate: Unknown
As Lieutenant Torres reluctantly faces the Day of Honor, an ancient Klingon ritual which requires examination of one's behavior, the U.S.S. Voyager is forced to eject the warp core, and she and Paris must launch a shuttle to tractor it back. Soon, the U.S.S. Voyager is ambushed by the Caatati, a race almost completely assimilated by the Borg, who demand Seven of Nine as ransom. When the Caatati attack the shuttlecraft, Torres and Paris are left suspended in space and prepare to die, prompting Torres to confide to her crewmate that she loves him.--courtesy of StarTrek.com
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Original Air Date: September 24, 1997
Mission Stardate: 51082.4
Chakotay is marooned on an unknown planet where the two inhabiting alien life forms are attempting planet-wide genocide against each other. Chakotay is captured by one of the tribes and comes to sympathize with them and their battle for survival against a ferocious enemy.--courtesy of StarTrek.com
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Original Air Date: October 1, 1997
Mission Stardate: 51186.2
Aboard the U.S.S. Voyager, Harry Kim is assigned to work with Seven of Nine on the new Astrometric lab. Kim is uneasy working with the Borg, but their detail provides them with the basis of a friendship. However, Kim is rattled when Seven of Nine interprets his pleasantries as romantic seduction and she decides to further explore her resurgent humanity.--courtesy of StarTrek.com
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Original Air Date: October 8, 1997
Mission Stardate: Unknown
Captain Kathryn Janeway takes her newest crewmate, the former Borg named Seven of Nine, into her Leonardo Da Vinci holodeck program to introduce her to the concepts of sculpting, relaxation, creativity and imagination, as a means to guide her slowly back toward humanity. Seven becomes transfixed by Da Vinci's flying machine, a bird-like wooden model hanging from the rafters. Suddenly, in her mind she is being chased down a corridor by two Borg drones, and being attacked by a large, shrieking black bird. This is the third time she has experienced these images, she tells the Doctor, who postulates that Seven's dreams, hallucinations and flashbacks are caused by her human physiology reasserting itself.
As Janeway negotiates for passage through B'omar space, Seven experiences another vision in the mess hall, as a Borg nodule breaks through the skin of her hand. Hearing Borg voices in her head, Seven hallucinates that her crewmates are Borg, and escapes toward B'omar territory in a stolen shuttle. Janeway is bewildered as to the cause of Seven's actions, refusing to believe that she wants to rejoin the Borg collective. The Doctor determines that her Borg implants are somehow regenerating. With Voyager forbidden to enter B'omar space, Janeway send Lieutenants Tuvok and Paris in pursuit in a shuttle.
Tuvok locates and beams aboard Seven's shuttle, but is swiftly overpowered. Seven tells Tuvok that she is following a Borg homing signal, but he explains there are no Borg ships nearby. Seven's human side begins to reassert itself, and Tuvok appeals in vain for her to return to Voyager. As Janeway examines Seven's logs of how her hallucinations of the black bird paralyze her with fear, she deduces that Seven is describing a raven. Now knowing what is driving Seven, Janeway sets course for B'omar space.
On a small moon, Seven and Tuvok follow the homing signal to a 20-year-old crashed Federation vessel, partially assimilated. Once inside, she suddenly scrambles to hide under a desk, overcome by images of herself as a terrified little girl: Annika Hansen, who witnesses her parents being dragged away by the Borg, and herself about to be captured. She realizes the crashed ship is the Raven, where she lived with her parents and where she was assimilated. Tuvok determines that the Borg signal, still active, triggered her dormant Borg cells as Voyager passed within range. Suddenly, the Raven is rocked by an orbital assault from the B'omar, and the two scramble out through a collapsed bulkhead seconds before the ship plunges into a ravine. Seven and Tuvok are beamed up just as a B'omar fleet approaches, and with all three crewmen rescued, Voyager exits B'omar space. With Seven treated by the Doctor, Janeway later finds her in the holodeck, again staring at Da Vinci's flying machine. She offers Seven a chance to read her parents' log entries, to discover all she can about her own childhood.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: October 29, 1997
Mission Stardate: 51244.3
The crew begins to exhibit strange medical symptoms and Seven of Nine soon discovers the cause.--courtesy of StarTrek.com
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Year of Hell, Part I
Original Air Date: November 5, 1997
Mission Stardate: 51268.4
A gigantic ship arrives over a peaceful Zahl metropolis and unleashes a force beam of astonishing intensity. As though it never existed, the city vanishes. On board the ship, Captain Annorax of the Krenim Imperium realizes that the intended "restoration" has not been achieved, and that his goal will require removing the entire Zahl species from time. Meanwhile, U.S.S Voyager is fired on by a single Krenim ship, whose commandant makes an empty threat to Captain janeway to turn away from the disputed space. Three days later, as a Zahl representative assures Janeway that the Krenim pose no real danger, the commandant returns, angrily accusing Janeway of consorting with the enemy. At that moment, a tremendous temporal shockwave washes over the ships.
The Zahl vanish, and suddenly the Krenim ship is much larger, and delivering a heavy beating to Voyager. Unbeknownst to the crew, history has changed, and as the Krenim's chroniton torpedoes rip through Voyager's shields, the defenseless starship must retreat. Despite restoring the Krenim to power, Annorax considers his alteration of history a failure since the colony of Kyana Prime has not been restored. Even though his crew has been making "incursions" for 200 years, Annorax vows to continue throughout eternity, if necessary, until every Krenim colony and individual has been brought back.
Two months later, the devastating assaults by the relentless Krenim leave Voyager a battered shell of its former self. With seven decks uninhabitable, the Bridge almost destroyed, casualties mounting, and Lieutenant Tuvok blinded by the explosion of a chroniton torpedo, the crew's morale fails as fast as the ship's systems. A temporal shield eventually devised by Seven of Nine has a twofold benefit: It not only protects Voyager from the Krenim's weapons, but keeps them safe from the effects of another temporal shockwave, alerting them that history has been altered.
The Krenim have reverted to a pre-warp state, with their region of space reduced to one planet. Annorax realizes his calculations were upset by Voyager's presence, and rendezvousing with the starship, he beams Lieutenant Paris and Commander Chakotay to his ship for analysis. Telling Janeway he bears her no ill will, Annorax attempts to erase Voyager from the space-time continuum, but Voyager manages to escape, barely. With Voyager half destroyed and unable to sustain her crew, Janeway does what she vowed she would never do - order the crew to abandon ship. As the crew departs in escape pods, Janeway and a skeleton crew remain behind to rescue Paris and Chakotay.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Year of Hell, Part II
Original Air Date: November 12, 1997
Mission Stardate: 51425.4
The barely-functioning U.S.S Voyager has taken refuge from the Krenim Imperium inside a nebula. After imprisoning and probing Commander Chakotay and Lieutenant Paris on his timeship for two months, Krenim Captain Annorax reveals to Chakotay that he invented his ship to erase the Krenim's greatest enemy, the Rilnar, from existence. But wiping out the Rilnar left the Krenim vulnerable to a virulent disease that took 50 million lives, including Annorax's wife. In 200 years of attempting to restore his empire, his wife and their colony of Kyana Prime never return. Tortured by the knowledge that thousands of worlds have died and lived again at his command, Annorax believes time itself is punishing him for his arrogance, but he refuses to quit until his wife is restored to him.
As the months wear on, a grim Janeway becomes obsessed with finding Annorax, and begins to take reckless chances with her own safety to keep Voyager operational. Believing the captain's judgment to be impaired, the Doctor relieves her of command, but Janeway is so driven to reunite her crew that she blatantly defies his order.
Paris begins to foment mutiny on the timeship when he learns from First Officer Obrist that the crew wants no more of Annorax's never-ending quest. With Obrist's help, Paris transmits the timeship's coordinates to Voyager, and Janeway gathers allies for a final confrontation. Assigning her remaining crew to the ships of the Nihydron and Mawasi to equip them with temporal shields, Janeway refuses to abandon Voyager, and remains behind to lead the battle.
As the ships mass for an assault, Obrist transports Chakotay and Paris safely off the timeship and disables the temporal core, shifting the ship back to normal space-time and making it vulnerable to conventional weapons. Hoping to restore all of history by destroying the timeship, Janeway heads her near-dead vessel on a suicidal collision course with Annorax's vessel. As Voyager is consumed in a cataclysmic explosion, the timeship's temporal core destabilizes and the ship implodes, sending out a massive temporal shockwave. In an instant, time is reset, Voyager is restored, and the crew is returned to Day 1 with no memories of their year of hell. The Krenim commandant again encounters Voyager but takes no agressive action, and Janeway gives the order to avoid Krenim territory. On Kyana Prime, Annorax's wife entices him to spend the day with her, and the scientist sets aside his calculations for a short time...or maybe for good.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: November 19, 1997
Mission Stardate: 51367.2
A visit to the homeworld of the Mari, a race of telepathic beings, gives the U.S.S. Voyager crew a chance for some much-deserved "shore-leave." However, these beings, who have forbidden violent thoughts as well as actions have B'Elanna Torres arrested for involuntarily thinking of an angry retaliation to an incident. Tuvok becomes involved in her case and makes a startling discovery about the Mari.--courtesy of StarTrek.com
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Original Air Date: November 26, 1997
Mission Stardate: 51386.4
On the holodeck, Captain Kathryn Janeway and the holographic Leonardo da Vinci have returned to the inventor's workshop after a failed test of his flying machine landed them both in the River Arno. An angered and humiliated da Vinci resolves to escape the jeers of the citizens of Florence and journey to France. As his protege "Caterina" tries to calm him, the U.S.S. Voyager is jolted by a sudden attack from several alien vessels. One of the vessels deploys a high-energy transport beam to locate and steal several pieces of technology from the starship, including a warp diagnostic assembly, the Doctor's mobile holographic emitter and, most importantly, the main computer processor. The pirates retreat, leaving Voyager crippled and bereft of weapons, full navigational capabilities and warp propulsion.
After 10 days, Voyager tracks the pirates to a planet that is an active center of commerce. Janeway and Lieutenant Tuvok beam down undercover to investigate in one of the main cities, and Janeway is amazed to encounter da Vinci, wearing the mobile emitter. Da Vinci, whose program was downloaded into the emitter when the processor was stolen, enthusiastically welcomes her to America. He is ecstatic to be in a wondrous New World where his genius is appreciated by his patron, the "prince" of the city. But Tau, the "prince", is a deadly privateer who steals weapons and technology from passing ships, such as Voyager, and sells them to the highest bidder.
Back on Voyager, Tuvok locates the processor inside Tau's stronghold, but within a dispesion field that hinders transport. Persuading da Vinci to help her, Janeway infiltrates the fortress. As Tau and 30 guards converge on them, Janeway initiates a power surge in the processor, enabling Voyager to establish a transporter lock and retrieve it. The pair escapes to the hills outside the city by using a site-to-site transporter, but not before a bewildered da Vinci sees a phaser blast pass harmlessly through him, and realizes he is not real.
Reaching the top of a hill, da Vinci reveals the means of their escape - his redesigned ornithopter, with stationary wings and a broader wingspan. Janeway puts her concerns about the untested machine aside as their pursuers approach, phasers firing. She and da Vinci soar to safety off the edge of a precipice, finally turning the Maestro's dreams of flight into reality. Voyager, evading a dozen of Tau's attack vessels, makes a low-orbit transport rescue of the flying machine and its pilots. Janeway returns to the holodeck to find da Vinci departing to meet with the king of France, his inventive spirit fully renewed by his amazing flight.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: December 17, 1997
Mission Stardate: 51449.2
An exploratory mission results in an accident that kills Neelix, whose body is then "reactivated" by Seven of Nine and Borg technology, bringing the restored Neelix to question the purpose of his life.
Neelix is preparing a shipboard feast on the exe of Prixin, the Talaxian celebration of family, when he is asked by Chakotay to join him and Paris on a shuttle mission. Neelix is all too glad to help, but the assignment proves to be fatal for him. Upon the shuttle's return to the U.S.S. Voyager, Seven of Nine, citing Neelix's diverse functions within the crew, applies Borg technology to reactivate him. Alive and shaken by his death, Neelix questions his assumptions about life -- and the promised afterlife -- as the Prixin festivities commence.--courtesy of StarTrek.com
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Original Air Date: January 14, 1998
Mission Stardate: 51471.3
The crew of the U.S.S. Voyager is attacked by a species who occupy a parallel reality in the human dreamstate. Only Chakotay, with his native knowledge of waking dreams, knows how to lead a counterattack.--courtesy of StarTrek.com
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Message in a Bottle
Original Air Date: January 21, 1998
Mission Stardate: Unknown
In the Astrometrics Lab on U.S.S Voyager, Seven of Nine discovers a large network of abandoned alien communication relay stations, reaching all the way to the Alpha Quadrant, and a Starfleet ship in range of one of the farthest stations. Captain Kathryn Janeway and Commander Chakotay are thrilled with this chance to let Starfleet know they are alive and trying to get home. Initial attempts to send a message through the network fail, but Lieutenant Torres postulates that a holographic datastream - i.e. the Doctor - might get through. The Doctor agrees to the risky mission, and just before the Alpha Quadrant ship moves out of range, he is downloaded and sent thousands of light years, finally arriving in the vessel's Sickbay, which he finds empty.
The Doctor finds a crewman dying from severe phaser burns, who mutters that Romulans have hijacked the ship. The computer informs him that he is on the experimental vessel U.S.S. Prometheus, and that the crew is dead. On the Bridge, Romulan Commander Rekar heads toward Romulan space. When an injured Romulan is brought to Sickbay, the Doctor poses as the ship's own emergency medical hologram. When he is alone, he activates the Prometheus' EMH-2, a fussy, smug, untested model who immediately begins bickering with the Doctor, whom he considers inferior.
Annoyed by EMH-2's cowardice, the Doctor insists they take command and turn the ship around. Sending a reluctant EMH-2 through the Jeffries tubes with neurocine gas canisters, the Doctor goes to the Bridge to access environmental controls to spread the gas. Rekar sees through the Doctor's bluff, however, but all the Romulans collapse as the ship is flooded with gas by a very self-satisfied EMH-2.
As three warbirds converge on the ship, the holograms materialize on the Bridge and try to stop the Prometheus from entering Romulan space. Thirty seconds from the border, three Starfleet ships arrive and fire on the warbirds and the Prometheus, believing it under enemy control. The Doctor activates the shields, but EMH-2, punching buttons at random, hits a Starfleet ship with a photon torpedo. When EMH-2 accidentally activates the ship's assault mode, the holograms take advantage of their luck and fire on the Romulans, destroying one vessel and sending the others in retreat. As they congratulate themselves, Federation officers beam over and take control of the helm. Days later, the Doctor returns through the network to Voyager, informing Janeway that Starfleet gave Voyager up for lost 14 months before, but will now inform the crew's families otherwise. Promising to find a way to retrieve them from the Delta Quadrant, Starfleet sends a message: "You're no longer alone".--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: February 11, 1998
Mission Stardate: 51501.4
U.S.S. Voyager receives a faint, garbled message from Starfleet Command along a network of alien relay stations. The bulk of the message, unfortunately, is lodged in a station three light years away. As Voyager rushes to retrieve the complete message, the crew hopes that Starfleet may have found a way to rescue them. Two light years away, the ship hits extreme gravimetric forces emanating from the station. Voyager also finds a derelict ship containing a humanoid that has been completely gutted, its skeleton removed. The starship continues on, unaware that two vicious Hirogen hunters are trailing, having intercepted the message.
After two days at high warp, Voyager arrives at the relay station, which is over 100,000 years old and constructed around a miniature black hole. Seven of Nine begins to download the message, which has partially degraded. Reading the first bits of text, Captain Janeway is overjoyed to find the message contains letters from home, as well as an encrypted data stream from Starfleet. As the letters are gradually reconstructed, Neelix eagerly delivers each one. Lieutenant Tuvok discovers he has become a grandfather, while Commander Chakotay and Lieutenant Torres are devastated to hear of the slaughter of the Maquis. Ensign Kim receives a letter from his parents, but Janeway receives a "Dear Kathryn" letter from her fiance Mark, who has married someone else. Lieutenant Paris' letter from his father, however, is lost.
Seven and Tuvok fly a shuttle in close to the station to establish a containment field to stop any further signal degradation. Just as they complete their mission, they are knocked unconscious when the shuttle is caught in a tractor beam from the Hirogen ship. The pair awaken to find themselves bound aboard the Hirogen vessel, which is filled with weapons and the remains of dozens of alien "trophies". When the Hirogen ship locates Voyager, Janeway tries to negotiate with the Alpha Hirogen for her crewmembers' freedom. As three more Hirogen ships close in, Janeway intentionally weakens the relay station's containment field. As the Alpha Hirogen prepares to kill Seven and Tuvok, his ship begins to shake from the intensified gravity.
Weapons fire from the other Hirogen ships collapses the containment field, exposing the black hole. The entire station instantly implodes, and the other ships are drawn in and crushed as well. Before the Alpha Hirogen's ship is destroyed, Kim beams Tuvok and Seven to safety. Voyager's hull begins to buckle, but the ship is able to tear itself loose from the gravity well. Torres later reports that the energy discharge from the black hole disabled all the relay stations, cutting off any further communication with Starfleet. As the crew prepares for an impromptu morale-boosting party hosted by Neelix, Tuvok warns Janeway to consider the Hirogen an extremely dangerous enemy.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: February 18, 1998
Mission Stardate: 51652.3
A single Hirogen ship pursues its wounded prey to an asteroid, and when the prey leaves its ship, the two hunters follow close behind on foot. Cornered in a cavern, the prey attacks, but the Hirogens' weapons swiftly bring down the creature - Species 8472. Later, U.S.S. Voyager detects the Hirogen vessel, which is losing power. Commander Chakotay suspects a trap, but when only one faint life sign is detected, Captain Kathryn Janeway decides to investigate. An away team cautiously searches the darkened, heavily damaged ship, finding the decapitated corpse of one hunter, and another suffering from massive injuries.
As the Doctor treats the Hirogen, who says his prey escaped and attacked, Commander Chakotay analyzes the ship's data banks, discovering the Hirogen are a nomadic species whose entire existence is driven by the pursuit of prey. Unknown to them all, the wounded Species 8472 crawls along Voyager's outer hull, eventually forcing its way inside. Investigating a hull rupture, Lieutenant Tuvok and Ensign Kim discover a blood sample from 8472. Janeway immediately mobilizes her crew.
8472 eventually barricades itself in a corridor while disengaging life support and artificial gravity. Members of the command crew, along with the Alpha Hirogen hunter, find the wounded creature floating motionless in the corridor. The Hirogen tries to kill it, but is stunned by a phaser blast from Tuvok. 8472, secured behind a force field, communicates telepathically with Tuvok, explaining that it was left behind when its race retreated to fluidic space after the Borg conflict...and has been hunted ever since. It wants only to open a singularity so it can return home. A sympathetic Janeway refuses to let the enraged Hirogen slaughter his "prey". The Captain orders Seven of Nine to open a singularity, but Seven refuses, believing Voyager will only be safe if both the Hirogen and 8472 are destroyed.
When six Hirogen vessels attack, Voyager is crippled, and power fluctuations allow the hunter to escape. Seven and the hunter face off, but a recovered 8472 lunges at the Hirogen. As the aliens grapple hand-to-hand, Seven accesses the transporter to beam them both to one of the Hirogen ships. Due to battle damage, Voyager cannot pursue the Hirogen ships. An angry Janeway dresses down Seven for condemning a sentient creature to death, but Seven explains that she was only defending her ship. Janeway disciplines Seven, leaving her puzzled as to why she is being punished for asserting her individuality.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: February 25, 1998
Mission Stardate: 51658.2
After Captain Kathryn Janeway and her crew witness an impressive display of an isokinetic cannon being offered for sale by arms dealer Koven, she buys the weapon from the pushy and arrogant Entharan merchant. As Seven of Nine works with Koven to integrate the weapon into U.S.S. Voyager's systems, her uneasiness with Koven ends with her striking him and breaking his nose. Koven insists to Janeway that he did nothing to provoke the attack. During Seven's weekly checkup, however, she displays acute anxiety, dizziness and shortness of breath, and has flashes of a mysterious procedure performed on her. The Doctor concludes Seven is suffering from a memory block and, eager to test his new psychiatric subroutine, leads her in a therapy session to recover her memories.
Seven remembers Koven taking her to his lab during a weapons demonstration to modify a compression rifle, and turning the weapon on her instead. In her mind, Seven sees Koven restraining her, extracting nanoporbes from her body and injecting them into another Entharan. Believing her story, the Doctor tells Janeway that Koven probably used Entharan technology to supress Seven's memories. Though concerned for Seven, Janeway insists the Doctor find physical evidence to support the claim. Shocked and angered at the allegation, Koven explains to Lieutenant Tuvok that Seven was injured when the rifle overloaded.
When the Doctor, Tuvok and an Entharan Magistrate examine Koven's lab, they find instruments similar to those Seven described, but Koven has an explanation for each one. When the Doctor finds activated nanoprobes on a table surface, the Magistrate sees fit to detain Koven. Panicked, the merchant pulls a gun, insisting they are determined to find him guilty, and transports to an escape ship. As Voyager races after Koven, Tuvok conducts a more detailed investigation, only to find all the evidence supports Koven. The Doctor begins to doubt Seven's memories; Seven, confused and betrayed by the Doctor's sudden uncertainty, still insists Koven be punished.
Finally locating Koven's ship, Janeway explains their accusation was a mistake. Too desperate to believe her, Loven fires on the starship. Janeway takes evasive maneuvers, refusing to fire. Koven's attack, however, overloads his ship's systems, and before he can be transported to safety, his ship explodes. Believing the tragedy was caused by his own urge to experiment without consideration of consequences, the Doctor asks Janeway to delete the algorithms that gave him the desire to expand his original programming. A somber Janeway denies his request, telling the Doctor that good intentions blinded them all.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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The Killing Game, Part I
Original Air Date: March 4, 1998
Mission Stardate: Unknown
Disguised as a Klingon, Captain Kathryn Janeway fights a battle on the holodeck. Suddenly, a Hirogen warrior steps out of the shadows and mortally stabs her. He sends Janeway to Sickbay, to be treated by a Hirogen medic. The Hirogen have invaded the starship U.S.S. Voyager, and for the past nineteen days have used the craft's holodecks to stalk their prey: Voyager's crewmembers, whose minds the Hirogen are controlling by means of neural interfaces. The Hirogen then send Janeway to holodeck one, into a scenario set in Earth's World War II, in Nazi-occupied France. There, at the Le Couer de Lion nightclub, Lieutenant Commander Tuvok tends bar, Seven of Nine is torch singer Mademoiselle de Neuf, and Janeway becomes "Katrine", the maitre de. Katrine is on edge when two Hirogen - posing as SS officers - enter the club.
According to Tuvok, the lead Hirogen is the new commandant, Colonel Karr. Janeway ingratiates herself to him, and he discusses his plans to hunt and kill any members of the French resistance. Later that night, Janeway and Seven discuss their next movements as secret members of the resistance; Janeway leads the local cell, and Seven is the munitions expert. Tuvok is also involved, as is Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres - as Brigitte - and Neelix, a baker who smuggles intelligence reports. They receive a message that the American Fourth Infantry will invade Sainte Claire in just two days. The resistance members must find a way to disable the Nazi communications transmitter.
Torres plans a reconaissance mission inside Nazi/Hirogen headquarters, certain that her "friend" inside - an SS captain - won't harm her if she's caught, since she's pregnant with his child! Meanwhile, Hirogen SS officers shoot Seven and Neelix, then take them to Sickbay. The ordeal damages Seven's neural interface, and Voyager's holographic Doctor refuses to replace the device before healing her extensive injuries. Meanwhile, the Hirogen have forced Ensign Harry Kim and others to cut through the bulkheads on decks 4, 5 and 6, expanding the holodecks. In his office, the Alpha Hirogen discusses his plan to use hunting on the holodeck as a way to bring the Hirogen race together.
Kim manages to contact the Doctor with a plan to disrupt the neural interfaces and retake the ship. The Doctor finds a way to jam the neural interfaces using Seven's Borg implants, but after she re-enters the World War II scenario, she doesn't know how to fit in...making Janeway and Tuvok suspicious. Meanwhile, Janeway and the others are preparing to raid Nazi headquarters. Working in tandem, Seven, Kim and the Doctor disrupt Janeway's neural interface, but the Hirogen find out, and dispatch a squad to remove her. The Americans arrive, and the Nazi headquarters are destroyed, but the resulting explosion blows out the hologrid on three decks! With holoemitter programs off-line, the program ccan't be shut down. Now, U.S. soldiers are moving into the ship's corridors...and the Hirogen may not be able to stop them.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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The Killing Game, Part II
Original Air Date: March 4, 1998
Mission Stardate: 51715.2
Three weeks ago, the Hirogen invaded the starship U.S.S. Voyager and began using her crew as prey in holodeck adventures. But now, the ship's holographic Doctor and Ensign Harry Kim have managed to free Seven of Nine and Captain Kathryn Janeway from the Hirogen neural interfaces - which are keeping the rest of the crew unaware that they are in holodeck scenarios. In the World War II program, Seven, Janeway and other members of the French resistance have aided the U.S. armed forces, causing an explosion that has locked the holoemitter systems - and revealed the ship beyond the holodecks. Now the Hirogen must defend themselves against the oncoming American forces...and the handful of Starfleet officers who are working desperately to defeat the Hirogen at their own game.
As the battle continues, the French resistance members and U.S. Army leaders - Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres, Commander Chakotay, Lieutenant Commander Tuvok and Lieutenant Tom Paris - try to make sense of the strange, high-tech bunker beyond the walls of the French village. Janeway and Seven sneak back into the holodeck through a conduit, and enlist the freedom fighters to help them liberate Sickbay from the "Nazis". The Hirogen wound and capture Janeway, but not before she and Chakotay deactivate the neural interfaces. All of the Voyager crew within the holodecks now know their real identities...though the Hirogen apprehend Paris, Seven, Tuvok and Torres.
The captive Janeway now faces the Alpha Hirogen, who explains his motives: he wants to use holodeck technology to allow his people to hunt prey without spreading themselves throughout the galaxy, allowing them to rebuild their culture, which is heading toward extinction. Janeway make a deal: in exchange for her ship and crew, she'll give the Hirogen the components and plans for holodeck technology. Although a cease-fire follows, the holographic Nazi captain disrupts matters by convincing Turanj, the Beta Hirogen, the tha Alpha is betraying his race.
As the battle begins anew, the Doctor, Neelix and the Klingons join in. Janeway works with Kim to overload the holoemitter network, but Turanj kills his Alpha, then orders Janeway - his "prey" - to run. On the Bridge, Kim sets a timer to overload the hologrid. Back on the holodeck, the Hirogen shoot Seven and surround the Voyager crewmembers; the Hirogen are about to execute them when a band of Klingons from another simulation attack. Janeway tricks Turanj with a hologram and shoots him, moments before the holoemitters overload. Later Janeway and the surviving Hirogen reach a truce, and she gives them an optronic datacore, so that they can create their own holodeck technology.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: April 8, 1998
Mission Stardate: 51762.4
U.S.S. Voyager comes to the aid of an alien, Steth, who claims to be the test pilot of a new spacecraft that has run into trouble. Paris, who has become weary of being on the U.S.S. Voyager, volunteers to help him repair his ship. However, Steth is able to copy Paris's DNA and swaps physical appearances with him. Paris is then left behind in Steth's ship while the imposter takes over his duties at the helm and leaves the real Paris behind. It isn't long before "Steth" is confronted by Daelen, another alien who is seeking her original form. Back on the U.S.S. Voyager, Janeway suspects something is wrong, but Steth assumes her appearance and takes command.--courtesy of StarTrek.com
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The Omega Directive
Original Air Date: April 15, 1998
Mission Stardate: 51781.2
U.S.S. Voyager is rocked by a shock wave, and as it drops out of warp, sensors go off-line, to be replaced with the Greek letter Omega. Commander Chakotay finds his command codes ineffective, and as Captain Kathryn Janeway arrives on the Bridge, she matter-of-factly tells her Bridge crew not to discuss the situation, and seals herself in her ready room. The computer informs her the Omega phenomenon has been detected within 1.2 light years, and orders her to implement the Omega Directive. As intense curiosity mounts among the Bridge crew, Janeway asks to see Seven of Nine who, thanks to Borg assimilation of other Starfleet captains, knows all about the Omega. To the Borg, the Omega molecule is their Holy Grail, infinitely complex yet harmonious, representing a perfection she is eager to understand.
Seven argues that Omega's power must be harnessed, not destroyed, but Janeway insists the risk is too great. Over a century before, a Starfleet physicist created Omega, a particle of unlimited energy, which destabilized after a fraction of a second and destroyed the surrounding region of subspace. The Omega Directive orders the particle be destroyed whenever it is detected. A chain reaction of just a handful of molecules would destroy subspace throughout the quadrant - spacefaring civilizations would cease to exist, and Voyager would lose the ability to go to warp forever.
The ship encounters a subspace rupture as it arrives at the wave's source, a small moon with a research facility all but obliterated. Beaming down, Janeway and Lieutenant Tuvok find a few survivors, including a scientist named Allos who says his team synthesized 200 million molecules before the accident. Allos insists the molecules be preserved, as they represent his people's future. On the ship, Seven pleads with Chakotay to allow her to beam the molecules into a harmonic chamber she constructed to stabilize them. She admits to being on a spiritual quest, and believes her existence won't be complete without understanding Omega's perfection. Janeway finds enough molecules left in the lab to wipe out subspace throughout half the quadrant, far too many to be destroyed by a photon torpedo. The molecules are beamed into Seven's chamber, and Voyager speeds away just as pursuit ships from Allos' people arrive.
As the molecules are slowly neutralized, Janeway refuses to risk allowing Seven to try stabilizing the rest. As enemy fire strikes Voyager, and knowing a power overload could cause Omega to chain-react, Janeway decides to jettison the chamber and destroy the rest with a torpedo. The molecules suddenly begin to stabilize spontaneously, and Seven watches in awe as the particles crystalize into a wondrous sparkiling matrix. Janeway has to take her from the cargo bay before it is decompresses and the chamber is jettisoned and destroyed. As another shockwave is about to engulf the ship, Voyager clears the subspace rupture and goes to warp. Later, Janeway finds Seven contemplating the religious components of Da Vinci's workshop on the holodeck. Seven says she saw perfection for 3.2 seconds, and Janeway tells her she just had her first religious experience.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: April 22, 1998
Mission Stardate: 51813.4
The U.S.S. Voyager encounters an alien vessel fleeing attack whose sole inhabitant is a female alien asking for Chakotay to help rescue her. The startled Chakotay leads an away mission to the damaged ship to help the alien, Kellin, who claims that she and Chakotay met before. Back on board the U.S.S. Voyager, Kellin claims to have been on the ship not very long ago and she fell in love with Chakotay. Now fleeing her home planet's repressive government, she seeks asylum aboard the starship. Chakotay, though drawn to her, doesn't know whether to believe her or not.--courtesy of StarTrek.com
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Original Air Date: April 29, 1998
Mission Stardate: Unknown
Aboard the warship U.S.S. Voyager, deep in the Delta Quadrant, Captain Kathryn Janeway turns to speak with Daleth, a member of the Vaskan race. He is asking her to help intimidate the Kyrians with their weapons so that the Vaskan can kidnap their leader; in return, he will help them find a way home to the Alpha Quadrant through a stable wormhole. But once the attack on the Kyrians begins, Janeway becomes ruthless, launching a biogenic weapon - and a multiple phaser attack - which decimates the population. Suddenly, the simulated image of these events freezes on a viewscreen, and Quarren, the curator of the Museum of Kyrian Heritage, addresses an audience of his fellow Kyrians. He tells them how Voyager nearly destroyed their world 700 years ago. The simulation continues on the viewscreen, as the onlookers shudder in horror.
Although a Kyrian assault team boards Voyager, they are defeated and assimilated by the fully-Borg Seven of Nine. Shortly thereafter, Janeway and her crew capture Tedran, the Kyrian leader; when he refuses to surrender his forces, Janeway kills him, noting to the horrified Daleth that this is what he really wanted all along. The simulation ends, and the museum curator notes that in the ensuing conflict, two million Kyrians were slaughtered in two days, leaving the Kyrian Dynasty in ruins, while Voyager continued on its way home. Later, after answering protests from a Vaskan visitor that history is being distorted, Quarren activates a recently-found device...and Voyager's holographic Doctor appears!
Very quickly, the Doctor finds himself in a nightmare; Quarren tells him he may have to stand trial for his supposed crimes, and yet the Docotr tells him that the "truth" they've been showcasing in their museum is all wrong. The Doctor recalls that the Kyrians were the aggressors, attacking Voyager while Ambassador Daleth was aboard to discuss swapping dilithium for Voyager's medical supplies. Although Quarren does not believe the Doctor at first, he begins questioning the history he's been taught, and soon allows the Doctor to create his own holographic version of events. In the new simulation, the Kyrians attacked Voyager, beamed four men aboard, and took hostages. Despite Janeway's attempt at negotiation, Daleth killed the Kyrian leader, Tedran. Nine Kyrian ships then attacked Voyager, which the Doctor assumes is also when the Kyrians took the module containing his backup program. The next thing he knew, he was reactivated, 700 years later, in Quarren's museum.
A panel of arbiters - two Vaskan and one Kyrian - isn't sure whether to believe the Doctor's story, though the Kyrian cannot accept it. That evening, the Doctor works with Quarren to recover tricorder data which would prove the Voyager crew innocent, but a mob of Vaskans break into the museum and smash it. The arbiters ask to hear the Doctor's story again, but now the tricorder cannot be found. Knowing that his existence is a catalyst for the brewing conflicts between the angry Kyrians and Vaskans, the Doctor asks Quarren to decompile his program. But Quarren finally convinces him that uncovering the real history is what's important. As they search for the tricorder, another museum crowd, 200 years later, watches them in a simulation. The female curator tells her viewers that the Doctor's testimony led to a new dialogue and an eventual peace between the two races. And what became of the Doctor? He served as the Surgical Chancellor of the Kyrian/Vaskan people for many years thereafter, before taking a spacecraft and setting a course for the Alpha Quadrant, following his longing...for home.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: May 6, 1998
Mission Stardate: Unknown
With fuel dwindling to nothing, the U.S.S. Voyager lands on a "demon" planet - so-called because its environment is toxic to human life - to collect from its vast deuterium lode. Both Tom Paris and Harry Kim are suited up in protective gear and sent out to collect the precious deuterium, but return without their protective suits. Instead, it is now the U.S.S. Voyager's environment that is poisonous to them.--courtesy of StarTrek.com
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Original Air Date: May 13, 1998
Mission Stardate: 51929.3
Encountering a deadly radioactive nebula, Captain Janeway decides to save time by going through rather than around it and orders the crew into protective stasis chambers with Seven of Nine to take lonely command.
With the entire crew now in cryogenic sleep, and only the Doctor for company, Seven of Nine is the only living being walking the ship's hallways. The long and lonely journey through the nebula begins to play tricks on the former Borg's mind as she experiences what humans call "hallucinations." An alien, Trajis Lo-Tarik, also making his way through the nebula, asks to trade some vital supplies, but his presence unleashes a series of events that Seven can't decipher as to whether they are real threats - or even if Trajis himself is real.--courtesy of StarTrek.com
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Hope & Fear
Original Air Date: May 20, 1998
Mission Stardate: 51978.2
Captain Kathryn Janeway and recovering Borg Seven of Nine are engaging in a spirited game of "velocity" on the holodeck. When Janeway wins again, Seven protests; with her superior visual acuity and stamina, she should have won. Janeway suggests that Seven should be a sport about the game, then returns to work, trying to decipher a damaged message that the U.S.S. Voyager had received from Starfleet months previously. When Lieutenant Paris and Neelix return from a trading colony with a friendly alien named Arturis, Janeway has no idea that the newcomer may hold the key to Voyager's escape from the Delta Quadrant...and the means to return her crew to Earth!
Arturis is able to decipher the Starfleet message, and the results show a location on a star chart less than ten light-years from Voyager. The ship soon arrives at the coordinates, where the crew is astonished to find a sleek Starfleet vessel - the U.S.S. Dauntless - fully powered but completely deserted. An away team investigating the ship finds it equipped with an experimental quantum slipstream drive that might help Voyager reach home; the crew's joy at the news is tempered by Janeway's caution and Seven's pessimism. Janeway and Lieutenant Tuvok begin wondering if their recent good fortune might not spring from a sinister cause.
Shortly after Ensign Harry Kim finds alien holographic technology in a Dauntless bulkhead, Janeway and Seven have an argument; Seven says she will not accompany the crew to the Alpha Quadrant, and Janeway accuses her of being afraid of the future. Their disagreement ends swiftly when they decipher another element of the Starfleet transmission, this part telling them that Starfleet can do nothing to help them. Somehow, and for some reason, Arturis has deceived them by altering the Starfleet message! Confronted, Arturis transforms the Dauntless' bridge into an alien control room, and before the Captain and Seven can be beamed out, the Dauntless takes off through space using slipstream power.
With Voyager in pursuit using its own new and untested slipstream technology, the truth of Arturis' mission unfolds aboard the Dauntless; his species was destroyed by the Borg because of a pact Janeway made for Voyager's safe passage when she helped the collective defeat Species 8472. As revenge, Arturis plans to return to his homeworld, where the Borg will assimilate Janeway and her crew. Janeway and Seven work together to sabotage the Dauntless, slowing it enough to allow Voyager to catch up to them. Just before Arturis can kill Janeway, Voyager's crew beams her and Seven to safety. The Dauntless swoops out of slipstream mode and into the path of five looming Borg cubes, where Arturis faces his own assimilation. Meanwhile, Voyager remains within the slipstream for as long as possible, traveling 300 light years closer to home.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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