Original Air Date: October 14, 1998
Mission Stardate: 52081.2
The crew of U.S.S. Voyager is feeling more alone than ever before. The ship has entered a region of space devoid of stars and planets, an all-enveloping blackness through which they have been traveling for two months. It is "every sailor's nightmare," as Commander Chakotay says, and even worse, it will take another two years for Voyager to cross to void. Crew morale is deteriorating, and Captain Kathryn Janeway has secluded herself in her quarters. Janeway is having a crisis of conscience, convinced that her decision to help the Ocampa four years ago was an error in judgment responsible for stranding Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. Then, without warning, the ship shudders, dropping out of warp. All power fails throughout the ship, and the crew is sent into pitch darkness.
Mysterious humanoid creatures with large black eyes board the ship and attack the crew from out of the darkness, but Seven of Nine is able to stun one of them. As the crew tries to re-establish power, Ensign Kim detects an energy dampening field disabling Voyager. Lieutenant Tuvok eschanges fire with three ships surrounding Voyager, until a different vessel arrives, drawing off the assailants. The captain of the vessel introduces himself as Controller Smck of the Malon, and tells Janeway about a nearby spatial vortex that can lead Voyager to the other side of the void. However, Janeway is suspicious of the dangerously high level of Theta radiation leaking from the Malon ship, and of Emck's demand that the captured alien be turned over to him.
The alien, dying of Theta radiation, apologizes to Janeway for mistakenly attacking Voyager, and explains that the Malon are poisoning its space and killing its peaceful people. As Voyager rendezvous with more of the alien's ships and beams it back to its people, it asks for Janeway's help. She determines that the Malon vessel is using the void as a dumping ground for massive quantities of contaminated antimatter, accessing the void through the vortex. Chakotay and Lieutenant Torres show Emck how Voyager's systems purify the natural toxic by-products of antimatter and offer their help in retrofitting the systems on the Malon homeworld. Emck refuses, knowing it would put him out of the waste export business. Janeway realizes that to protect the void dwellers, she must destroy the vortex even though it would cut off the shortcut out of the void - a choice uncomfortably similar to that which originally stranded the crew.
Janeway, unwilling to ask her crew to make such a sacrifice again, decides to stay behind in a shuttle and destroy the vortex after Voyager passes through. The crew, however, refuses to leave her behind. Plan B consists of blasting the threshold with photon torpedoes the instant Voyager crosses, and jumping to warp as the threshold collapses. As the ship nears the threshold, Emck's massive freighter fires on Voyager, and during the battle, the warp nacelles sustain damage. At the last second, the void aliens come to Voyager's aid, drawing the freighter's fire. Voyager fires on the Malon's cargo hold, igniting the 90 million isotons of antimatter stored within and blasting the freighter out of existence. Voyager enters the vortex and fires on the threshold, but without warp engines, it must ride the massive shockwave on shields alone. The ship safely reaches the other side and emerges out of the void, and the crew is overjoyed at finally seeing a densely packed expanse of space with thousands of star systems, through which Voyager continues its journey home.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: October 21, 1998
Mission Stardate: Unknown
Leaving the starship U.S.S. Voyager, Lieutenants Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres, Seven of Nine, and the holographic Doctor undertake a mission to view a spontaneous protonebula, which could emerge in the next twenty minutes. But their shuttlecraft is caught in the object's gravimetric shear, and the protonebula's plasma surge makes their escape impossible. During the emergency beam-out back to Voyager, some of the circuitry in the Doctor's mobile autonomous holo-emitter is damaged. Torres runs a diagnostic on the device, but after she leaves the science lab, something strange happens; Borg technology begins to sprout from the device! The next morning, Ensign Mulcaey becomes the unfortunate victim of the metamorphosing device, which attacks his neck, taking a tissue sample. Elsewhere, Seven's proximity transceiver becomes active, alerting her that a Borg drone is nearby...
When Voyager's crew re-routes power to the science lab, the sensors reveal a Borg presence there. Lieutenant Commander Tuvok leads a security team to the lab, where they find a Borg maturation chamber. In it is a rapidly developing Borg, created from Seven's nanoprobes, technology assimilated from the Doctor's emitter, and from Mulcaey's DNA. But because the emitter is 29th-century technology, the Borg is equally advanced, and far superior to conventional 24th-century drones! Because the mobile emitter is embedded in the drone's cerebral cortex, it cannot be removed without killing it, and Captain Kathryn Janeway is not yet willing to "pull the plug" on this new life-form.
Because the super-drone is cut off from the Borg collective, Janeway believes that Seven might succeed in teaching it to be human and assigns her to do just that. The experiment seems to go well, with the drone assimilating information very rapidly, and learning that he is a unique individual. He even chooses the name "One" as a designation, signifying his individuality. But One's deactivated Borg proximity transceiver has adapted into a secondary transceiver and turned itself on, sending a signal to a Borg ship; the Borg will intercept Voyager within three hours. One wants to meet his own kind, necessitating that Seven tell One the truth about the Borg and their conquest-prone collective.
Although One feels the strong pull of the Borg hive-mind, he helps remodulate Voyager's shields and phasers when the Borg vessel attacks the starship. But even with his 29th-century enhancements, One cannot prevent the Borg from disabling Voyager's warp drive. One transports himself inside the Borg sphere, to interface with the collective and disrupt the vessel from within. He navigates the Borg sphere into the protonebula, whose gravimetric effects destroy it. But One has erected a multispatial force field around his body, enabling Voyager's crew to beam him back aboard. Now convinced that the Borg will continue hunting Voyager as long as he lives, One stops the Doctor from healing him and allows himself to die. Seven then returns alone to her alcove, where she mourns the loss of her "child".--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: October 28, 1998
Mission Stardate: Unknown
High above the surface of a planet, Lieutenant B’Elanna Torres indulges in an odd form of recreation: orbital skydiving. But a call from Commander Chakotay breaks up Torres’ fun, and she ends the holodeck program she has been using to simulate this reckless activity. Soon, Torres reassigns her duties to Seven of Nine; the ex-Borg drone will now be in charge of launching an important probe from the starship U.S.S Voyager. Some time later, a Malon freighter locks onto the probe with a tractor beam. Voyager’s Captain Kathryn Janeway and her crew send signals to disrupt the beam, then direct the probe into the hazardous atmosphere of a Class-6 giant planet. The maneuver destroys the Malon ship, but Voyager’s crew now must recover the probe from the atmosphere’s crushing depths...a task that may prove impossible.
When the command crew discusses how best to rescue the probe from the planet’s vast, dense atmosphere, Lieutenant Tom Paris presents his plans for the Delta Flyer, a unique shuttlecraft which incorporates Starfleet and Borg technology, as well as other advancements in weapons and propulsion. But as the officers begin building the new ship, Torres seems not only sluggish, but also completely uninterested in the project. When Paris questions her about it, she leaves, then enters a holodeck, disables the safety protocols, and faces two Cardassians in brutal hand-to-hand combat.
Another Malon freighter’s crew wants to recover the probe as well, and is fashioning a salvage vessel using tetraburnium alloys, materials able to withstand immense atmospheric pressures. The race is soon on; who can finish their ship first? After Torres makes another dangerous holodeck run - this time testing the Flyer in a probe rescue scenario - she is injured. Upon investigation, Chakotay learns the truth: by putting herself at extreme risk, Torres is trying to avoid dealing with painful memories...of her past, and of her lost friends in the Maquis.
The Malon attack Voyager, trying to divert attention from their now-completed shuttlecraft’s departure. Paris prepares to launch the Delta Flyer, with Seven, Ensign Harry Kim, and Torres aboard it. They succeed in disabling the Malon shuttle and retrieving the probe, but tremendously weaken the ship’s structural integrity in the process. Torres jury-rigs a system that saves the ship at the last moment possible, and the Flyer returns to Voyager. Later, Torres thanks Chakotay for his emotional support and returns to her quarters to enjoy a favorite meal: banana pancakes. At last, she has begun the journey from despair to hope.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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In The Flesh
Original Air Date: November 4, 1998
Mission Stardate: 52136.4
As the cadets and officers of Starfleet Headquarters enjoy a beautiful day on Earth, Commander Chakotay of the starship U.S.S. Voyager surreptitiously holo-records the campus - and doesn’t seem to want anyone to know who he is. First he lies to Boothby, the groundskeeper, about what ship he has just been transferred from, and then he gives a false name to the beautiful commander named Valerie Archer. It becomes clear that something strange is going on when Chakotay sees the face of one of the cadets morph and change, prompting other cadets to quickly take him away; afterward, Archer asks Chakotay if he has ever reverted from his human form. She admits that she finds posing as a human quite a challenge! A little later, Chakotay is joined by Lieutenant Tuvok, and they prepare to beam away...until a Starfleet cadet stops them, drawing his phaser!
After overcoming the ensign, Tuvok and Chakotay take him with them as they beam back to the orbiting Delta Flyer. Soon after, aboard Voyager, as the command crew attempts to find out who - and what - "Ensign David Gentry" really is, he releases a toxin into his own bloodstream, killing himself. While Voyager stays concealed behind a Class-3 moon, Captain Kathryn Janeway and her crew try to discover why aliens on a Delta Quadrant world would create a shielded habitat that exactly duplicates Starfleet Headquarters. The Doctor soon changes Gentry’s corpse back to its original form: Species 8472, the other-dimensional enemy of the Borg!
The crew quickly mounts a plan to discover Species 8472’s purpose, part of which included sending Chakotay back to the habitat. Seven of Nine has also increased the efficiency of a strain of Borg nanoprobes, which can be used to fight the invaders. What Chakotay discovers - on a date with Archer - is that Species 8472 is planning to assault Earth preemptively, to prevent a feared Federation invasion; after all, the humans aboard Voyager did once team up with the Borg to defeat them! But as Chakotay leaves Archer’s quarters, she contacts Boothby to tell him that she’s analyzed his DNA, and that the officer is human. Chakotay is soon taken captive.
Janeway brings Voyager to arms against the habitat, but the starship is stalemated by Species 8472’s advanced weaponry. Bringing Boothby, Archer, and Admiral Bullock aboard, Janeway and her crew try to reason with them, telling them that the Federation does not intend to invade their fluidic dimension. The military stalemate continues until Janeway shows good faith by disarming her ship’s weapons. The two sides negotiate a temporary truce and agree to a swap of technology: the schematics for Voyager’s nanoprobe weapons in exchange for Species 8472’s genetic alteration techniques. As Voyager prepares to leave, Janeway and Boothby discuss the future of their truce, both hoping that Boothby will be able to convince his superiors not to infiltrate and invade Earth.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Once Upon A Time
Original Air Date: November 11, 1998
Mission Stardate: Unknown
Young Naomi Wildman is exploring her favorite storybook holonovel, The Adventures of Flotter, playing with the water-based creature Flotter T. Water III, and a newcomer, Trevis, the polite "tree monster". While Naomi’s mother - Ensign Samantha Wildman - is on an away mission, U.S.S. Voyager’s morale officer, Neelix, is acting as Naomi’s caretaker. Later, Naomi is disappointed to learn that her mother won’t be back for a few days; the away team on the Delta Flyer has been delayed by an ion storm. Lieutenant Tom Paris and Lieutenant Commander Tuvok are also on the away mission with Wildman, but even the trio’s combined skills can’t stop a second, stronger ion storm from overtaking their vessel. Now, the crew of Voyager must find the missing Delta Flyer, and Neelix has to divert Naomi from worrying that her mother might be lost.
The Delta Flyer manages to limp its way along to crash-land on a Class-M planetoid; but the vessel is entombed three kilometers beneath the surface, the three officers aboard have no way to communicate with Voyager, and Wildman - who has a punctured kidney and internal bleeding - needs quick medical attention. They cannot escape to the surface because the cavern is flooding with fluorine gas, and they aren’t sure whether or not their distress signal to reach Voyager.
Voyager’s crew succeeds in triangulating the Delta Flyer’s crash site, but because the starship’s sensors fail to locate the smaller vessel, it is presumed to be buried. Captain Kathryn Janeway sends two rescue teams down, while the holographic Doctor and Neelix continue trying to keep Naomi from agonizing about her mother’s possible fate. Neelix accompanies the girl into her holonovel, but the story takes a darker turn as the Ogre of Fire burns the forest and vaporizes Flotter. Remembering the death of his own sisters, Neelix becomes increasingly concerned about Naomi’s well being on the starship. On Janeway’s orders, Neelix prepares to tell Naomi about the difficulties the crew is having locating her mother, but when the youngster makes an unsupervised trip to the Bridge, she learns to her horror that her mother may be dead!
Although Naomi runs off, Neelix finds her on the holodeck, where he talks to her about the loss of his own family and tries to allay her fears. On the planetoid, the rescue teams use phaser drills to penetrate the cavern walls, their sensors revealing no life signs; though the readings are incorrect, life support aboard the Flyer has fallen to critical levels. Due to another oncoming ion storm, the crew has six minutes to lock onto and beam out the shuttle. With less than two minutes to go, the Flyer materializes inside a Voyager shuttlebay and the starship moves into warp. Naomi is soon happily reunited with her mother in Sickbay; later, Neelix and Wildman join Naomi, Flotter, and Trevis on a new adventure on the holodeck.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: November 18, 1998
Mission Stardate: 52143.6
The year is 2390 and two solitary, hooded figures transport onto an icy landscape. Their sensors indicate what they’re looking for - the starship U.S.S. Voyager, which lies frozen underneath the glacial expanse! The two explorers beam inside the vessel, where they remove their hoods. A much-older Chakotay and Harry Kim try to restore some power to the ship, which is not exactly in the condition they remembered it. On the Bridge and other decks they find their comrades, all frozen to death. Via communicator, Chakotay contacts a woman named Tessa Omond, and she beams the frozen corpse of Seven of Nine up to the Delta Flyer, which orbits the planet. Kim manages to restore the Emergency Medical Hologram program to operation, and when the Doctor demands an explanation, Chakotay gives him one...they have come to change history!
In 2375, a celebration is going on in engineering; the crew has installed the quantum slipstream drive on Voyager. Tomorrow they will engage the engine and head for Earth! But Lieutenant Tom Paris tells Ensign Harry Kim that his latest simulation shows that the engine may be a disaster waiting to happen. Twenty-three simulations on the holodeck - all ending disastrously - confirm Paris’ theory. But Kim has a plan: By navigating the slipstream first in the Delta Flyer shuttle, he can transmit data to Voyager in time for the crew to make critical phase-variance corrections in the drive.
In 2390, Kim and Chakotay tell the Doctor that they have been searching for Voyager - against Starfleet’s wishes - for years, finally finding the wreckage in the Takara Sector, just outside the Alpha Quadrant. Fifteen years prior, Kim had sent the wrong corrections back to Voyager and it rocketed from the slipstream to disaster. Now, they want the Doctor to extract Seven’s Borg interplexing beacon so that they can send a message back through time to her, giving her the correct variables. But they only have six hours to download Voyager’s sensor logs, establish the exact time of her destruction, calculate the correct variables, and transmit them using a stolen Borg temporal transmitter!
In the past, Harry computes the phase corrections as a variance occurs; the slipstream starts to collapse and the quantum matrix in the drive overloads. The future Harry sends a message back to Seven four minutes before her death, giving her the correct phase corrections. But his plan doesn’t work; the slipstream still collapses and Voyager crashes to the glacial surface of a Class-L planet. In the future, nothing has changed, and Harry rushes to recalculate - even as Chakotay fends off phasers and a tractor beam from the U.S.S. Challenger. On the Doctor’s suggestion, Kim sends back another set of phase corrections, figures designed to help Voyager shut down the slipstream and escape. Kim transmits the message just as the Flyer’s warp core explodes. In the past, Seven receives the data and the crew saves the ship. Though the overstrained slipstream drive now has to be dismantled, it has shaved a decade off Voyager’s journey home. Janeway plays Kim a log entry Seven found in the codes, in which the future Kim tells his past self that if he’s seeing the message, he "owes him one".--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: November 25, 1998
Mission Stardate: 52188.7
Aboard the starship U.S.S. Voyager, ex-Borg drone Seven of Nine awakens in her regeneration chamber. Skulking to the Mess Hall, she raids the food storage, then ravenously eats a huge leg of Kelaren wildebeest. The next morning, Ensign Harry Kim tells the crew that the sensors have picked up a wave of debris over 120 kilometers wide; Seven identifies it as the remains of a Borg vessel. While talking with young Naomi Wildman, Seven’s personality changes completely, to that of a young girl. When Lieutenant B’Elanna Torres picks up the transmissions of a Borg neural interlink, Seven’s persona once again metamorphoses, this time becoming that of a mature Klingon male! Seven bites Torres on the cheek - a Klingon courtship overture - then evades a security team and escapes into the ship’s corridors. Has Seven developed multiple personalities?
Lieutenant Commander Tuvok reaches Seven, who cowers and claims to be a little girl, then a Vulcan, then a Klingon warrior. Tuvok is forced to stun Seven, and she is brought to Sickbay, where the holographic Doctor tries to figure out what is happening to her; thirteen new neural patterns have emerged in her cerebral cortex, including human, Vulcan, Klingon, Ferengi, Terrellian, and others. He theorizes they are part of the Borg hive mind that has been dormant within her implants. A cortical inhibitor can suppress the effect of the minds battling for control of Seven, but not for long.
Voyager approaches the Borg debris field to search for whatever is broadcasting the neural interlink frequency, which may be exacerbating Seven’s problems. What they find is a floating Borg vinculum - the processing device at the core of every Borg vessel - which connects the minds of all the drones, purges individual thoughts, and disseminates information to the collective. Voyager’s crew beams the vinculum aboard to shut it down, but the situation worsens; inside the device is a synthetic pathogen, a mutated viral organism that attacks and destroys technology! The starship’s officers must find the last survivors of Species 6339 - the creators of the virus - if they are to help Seven, whose own neural patterns vanish after an attempt to disable the vinculum fails.
Even as Tuvok prepares to mind-meld with Seven, Voyager has intercepted a ship from Species 6339. Ven, a representative of the species, tells Captain Janeway that the virus is a weapon designed for retaliation against the Borg. Ven refuses to help cure Seven, and demands the return of the vinculum so that his people may use it to infect other Borg cubes. Janeway declines and the aliens attack Voyager, while Tuvok proceeds with the mind-meld. Although the chaos in Seven’s mind is horrifying, the Vulcan succeeds in reaching her. Torres briefly disables the vinculum, restoring Seven’s consciousness to normal. Janeway orders the vinculum beamed into space, and their attackers withdraw, allowing Voyager to flee. Nearly a week later, a regenerated Seven has managed to stabilize her mind, quieting the many Borg voices within her.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: December 2, 1998
Mission Stardate: Unknown
Some members of the U.S.S. Voyager’s command crew are stuck on a holodeck, subjected to the viewing of a numbingly boring holographic slide show presented by the Doctor. Released from the exhibition, the crewmembers soon face a much more distressing situation when a massive energy wave overtakes the ship. Though Voyager sustains only minor damage, her communications array has downloaded some alien data. As Ensign Harry Kim attempts to decrypt the high-pitched message, Captain Kathryn Janeway orders her Bridge crew to follow the wave’s residual ion trail. They soon find a battered ship, with one life-sign aboard. The insectoid creature that Janeway beams to Sickbay is unidentifiable - and when Lieutenant B’Elanna Torres enters the room, the creature attacks her, grafting itself onto her body!
The holographic Doctor cannot separate the parasitic creature from Torres without killing her, and his computer core does not hold all the exobiological information he’ll need to aid her in time. Kim is assigned to work with the Doctor to create a holographic replica of Dr. Crell Moset, a famous Cardassian exobiologist, merging the entire Starfleet database on exobiology into the hologram.
While the two doctors work, Janeway is still trying to decode the alien message. She asks Seven of Nine to download all material from the alien ship’s data banks, but the other vessel explodes before Seven can retrieve much information. Janeway orders the signal sent back out on all subspace channels, hoping that it is a distress call which will attract other like the creature in Sickbay, which might simply be trying to survive. Meanwhile, the two holographic doctors get along extraordinarily well - until Ensign Tabor, a Bajoran, recognizes Moset as the infamous surgeon who committed medical atrocities and mass murder on Bajor during the Cardassian occupation.
Before she goes into cytotoxic shock, Torres forbids the Doctor to allow Moset to treat her. Shortly thereafter, the Doctor confronts Moset and is forced to consider the ethics of medical experimentation. The rest of the crew wrestles with the implications of using Moset’s research before Janeway makes a command decision: She will use Moset to save Torres’ life, and deal with the repercussions later. As the doctors operate, an alien ship warps alongside Voyager, emits the same high-frequency signals as the previous vessel, and ensnares the Federation starship in a tractor beam. The two physicians finally separate the creature from Torres, after which it is beamed to the alien ship, which speeds away, leaving Voyager unharmed. When Janeway leaves the future of Moset’s program in the Doctor’s hands, he confronts Moset one last time before deleting him. He is weighed down by a troubling question: since he already used Moset’s tainted knowledge to save one crew member’s life, are he and Moset really all that different?--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: December 9, 1998
Mission Stardate: 52179.4
In her ready room, Captain Kathryn Janeway demotes Lieutenant Tom Paris to the rank of ensign, and sentences him to thirty days of solitary confinement in the Brig. With no one to talk with and nothing to do, Paris begins to dictate a letter to his father, Admiral Paris, reflecting on how he landed in jail by fighting for a noble cause in which he believed.; U.S.S Voyager had recently located an amazing ocean planet, with the water kept from dissipating by a containment field. As Voyager approaches the planet for a closer look, three alien ships emerge from under the surface, and begin firing.
Contacted by Deputy Consul Berkus of the Monean Maritime Sovereignty, Janeway explains that she and her crew are explorers, not invaders. Coming on board, Berkus explains that his nomadic ancestors found the planet 300 years prior, and now farm sea vegetation and extract oxygen from the water. He also reveals that the ocean has recently begun to lose containment, and that his people need to examine the ocean’s center, at a depth too great for their own research vessels.
Paris, a lifelong lover of the oceans, eagerly volunteers to modify the Delta Flyer to make it seaworthy. Accompanied by "first mate" Ensign Kim, Seven of Nine and the Monean scientist Riga, Paris takes the Delta Flyer into the depths. They locate an ancient reactor generating massive amounts of artificial gravity. After uploading data from the reactor’s computer, the Flyer ascends, only after warding off an attack by a gigantic electric eel. Analyzing the data, Paris concludes that the reactor has been diverting power reserved for oceanic containment into its own structural integrity, and that it is the Moneans’ mining operations that are destroying the ocean. Paris realizes the planet’s bureaucrats are not interested in acknowledging the magnitude of the crisis, and is frustrated that the ocean will soon be gone. Captain Kathryn Janeway, though sympathetic, refuses to violate the Prime Directive and interfere unless asked.
Realizing drastic action is needed, Paris and Riga steal the Delta Flyer and head underwater to disable the refineries, thus forcing the Moneans to rebuild and redesign them. Janeway, angered by Paris’ actions, warns him to stand down, but Paris disregards her order. After giving the refinery workers time to evacuate, Paris fires on the complex, at the same instant that Voyager launches a photon torpedo "depth charge". The charge deflects the Flyer’s torpedo before it impacts, and the resultant blast disables the Flyer. After the vessel is salvaged, Janeway finds Paris guilty of insubordination and conduct unbecoming an officer, and sends him to the Brig. After serving his sentence, Paris ends his letter with the hopes that it will help his father understand him better. He then orders the computer to transmit the letter when Voyager comes in range of Earth.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: December 16, 1998
Mission Stardate: Unknown
Warships from the xenophobic Devore Imperium assume a tactical formation around U.S.S. Voyager, and alert Captain Kathryn Janeway to prepare for another spot inspection. Armed soldiers materialize on the starship, including their smug leader, Inspector Kashyk, who makes himself at home in Janeway’s ready room. Wearing a mask of civility that belies his soldier’s behavior, the Inspector is very interested in the presence of any telepaths on board. Janeway tells Kashyk that the resident Vulcan telepaths Lieutenant Tuvok and Ensign Vorik were both killed in a shuttle accident. Reminding Janeway that her crew could be imprisoned if she is smuggling any illegal telepaths, Kashyk departs after the inspection turns up nothing. Ensign Kim them rematerializes Tuvok, Vorik and a dozen civilian refugees out from transporter suspension.
Voyager has been playing hide-and-seek with the Devore inspectors for weeks, ever since rescuing the refugee telepaths from a trip to an internment camp. Heading toward a rendezvous with a vessel that will take the refugees to safety through a wormhole, Voyager detects a lone Devore ship, carrying Kashyk dressed in civilian garb. Kashyk surprises Janeway with news that he is defecting and seeks asylum. Kashyk proves his good faith by helping Voyager avoid a Devore ambush and giving tactical information. Janeway doesn’t completely trust him, however.
Keeping Kashyk under close watch, Janeway locates a local scientist, Turot, who informs her that the wormhole appears only briefly and at various locations. Janeway and Kashyk work together diligently to extrapolate the pattern of the wormhole’s appearance. Though still wary, Janeway finds herself increasingly drawn to Kashyk. When Devore warships begin to converge on Voyager, Kashyk insists on returning to his people to help save the refugees from capture during the next inspection.
During the inspection, Janeway confides to Kashyk that they’ve found the exact position of the wormhole. With this news, the Inspector tells his aide Prax where to find the telepaths, and a mortified Janeway realizes his "defection" was a deception. However, photon torpedoes fail to open the wormhole as expected, and all Prax finds in transporter suspension are cargo containers. Realizing the crew programmed false readings of the wormhole’s true location, and that the telepaths escaped through the wormhole on shuttles using the Devore’s own refractive shielding. Kashyk understands that he has been outwitted. Knowing he can’t afford to have this humiliating failure on his record, he orders his soldiers to depart. Janeway sadly tells Kashyk her offer to take him through the wormhole was genuine. Kashyk admits it was tempting, then hands control of the ship back to Janeway.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: January 20, 1999
Mission Stardate: Unknown
As he conducts U.S.S. Voyager’s annual crew physicals using a new process involving his holo-imager, the Doctor notices scar tissue on the base of Ensign Harry Kim’s skull. Though the scarring is from a complex neurosurgery performed only eighteen months before, neither Kim not the Doctor remembers the operation. Captain Kathryn Janeway likewise says she doesn’t remember it, so a worried Doctor convinces Seven of Nine to run a diagnostic on him. An hour later, Seven reactivates the Doctor, who doesn’t recall asking her for help. They find that both Kim’s holoscan and the Doctor’s short-term memory have been deleted, and the Doctor realizes someone is trying to prevent him from discovering what happened eighteen months before.
As Seven tries to reconstruct the Doctor’s program, the 18-month-old memories return to him in a burst of out-of-sequence images. The Doctor takes secret precautions to preserve his memory and record any intruders into Sickbay, and when he is reactivated, he is stunned to see a picture of Janeway herself altering his files.
The Doctor goes to the Bridge and angrily accuses Janeway of conspiring against him. She explains that he suffered damage during a mission, which caused a conflict in his programming that forced her to block his memories. A troubled Seven argues to Janeway that when the crew allowed the Doctor to evolve, they forfeited the right to treat him as just another mechanical tool. Janeway eventually agrees, and has Lieutenant Torres restore the memories. The Doctor remembers a shuttle mission that left Ensign Ana Jetal and Harry Kim critically wounded. After Voyager rescued them, Kim and Jetal both swiftly begin to suffer synaptic failure. With time to save only one patient, the Doctor chose his friend Kim, and Jetal died on the next table. Soon after, the Doctor became edgy and angry, mired in a moral quandary and convinced he killed Jetal, developing the program conflict that required the memory block. Though the Doctor agrees Janeway did the right thing, he begins to manifest the same behavior as before.
Janeway realizes the anguished Doctor is undergoing a battle between his original programming and what he has become, and that the crew is obliged to help him see it through. For two weeks Janeway and the crew sit an around-the-clock vigil with their friend on a holodeck as he struggles to understand and reconcile his memories and thoughts. The Doctor realizes he couldn’t have done anything differently, but he is still unsure how to choose from all the paths open to him.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Bride of Chaotica
Original Air Date: January 27, 1999
Mission Stardate: Unknown
In "Bride of Chaotica", Chapter 18 of Ensign Tom Paris’ holodeck adventure, The Adventures of Captain Proton, the evil Doctor Chaotica has kidnapped Proton’s assistant, Constance Goodheart, and plans to sacrifice her to Arachnia, Queen of the Spider People. Paris and Ensign Harry Kim - acting as Proton and his sidekick, Buster Kincaid - must travel to Chaotica’s Fortress of Doom to save her, but Chaotica’s fiendish Death Ray brings their ship crashing down to the surface of Planet X. While making their way to the Fortress, Kim sees a rift in the sky, through which blue light is spilling. Even worse, holodeck controls are off-line, and the Bridge won’t respond to Paris’ hails. Unless they can free themselves, they’ll be trapped in the fiendish holodeck program!
The starship U.S.S. Voyager suddenly drops out of warp for no apparent reason; all control systems are mysteriously off-line. On the holodeck, Paris and Kim manage to beam themselves to another part of the ship, where Seven of Nine’s analysis reveals that the barrier between subspace and normal space is unstable throughout the region. On the holodeck, two men appear from the rifts, and are quickly taken prisoner by henchmen Lonzak, who takes them to Chaotica. Though they are peaceful explorers from a photonic dimension, seeking other life-forms like themselves, Chaotica kills one of them - then plans to attack "the Fifth Dimension"!
Chaotica’s actions touch off a dangerous reaction, as the sky rifts which lead to the Fifth Dimension begins emitting photonic bursts. Lieutenant Commander Tuvok joins Paris on the holodeck, where they find that Chaotica’s actions have provoked the people of a photonic dimension to war. An encounter with one of the photonic beings ends badly; they don’t believe that carbon-based life-forms are real...just as the holographic characters are unreal to Voyager’s crew. Paris theorizes that in order to stop the attacks, they must destroy Chaotica’s Death Ray and neutralize his forces. But for Captain Proton to succeed, Janeway must pose as Chaotica’s love, Arachnia, and lower the Lightning Shield that protects his Fortress. Meanwhile, the ship’s holographic Doctor must take on the role of the President of Earth, to try to forge an alliance with the aliens against Chaotica.
While the ‘President’ persuades the aliens to stop their attack - allowing Proton’s ship to get airborne - Arachnia has lulled Chaotica with a false promise of marriage. But her plan goes awry when Chaotica traps her in his Confinement Rings. The photonic aliens resume their attacks, drawing Voyager deeper into subspace. Arachnia frees herself by using pheromones to control Lonzak, and then forces Chaotica to lower the Lightning Shield. Proton fires his Destructo Ray, ending Chaotica’s menace. Almost immediately the dimensional distortions into the photonic universe close, pushing Voyager out into the normal universe. On the holodeck, the dying Chaotica swears revenge against Arachnia and Proton, warning them that they have not seen the last of him.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: February 3, 1999
Mission Stardate: 52438.9
A passionate young Tuvok confronts a Vulcan Master in a sacred cave; Tuvok doesn’t want to deny himself emotions. Eventually, the youngster agrees to let the Master teach him about logic, though he intends to question him every step of the way. Many years later, in the Delta Quadrant, a shuttlecraft from the starship U.S.S. Voyager crash-lands on a planet that is a desert wasteland. Aboard the craft are Lieutenant Commander Tuvok, Ensign Tom Paris, and the Voyager’s holographic Doctor. They soon encounter Noss, an exotic humanoid woman who travels the arid wastes. With the universal translator unable to help them understand her language, Voyager’s away team must find a way to survive - with Noss’s help - until their crewmates can find them.
Fleeing to Noss’ crashed ship to avoid hostile aliens, Paris soon repairs the Doctor’s damaged emitter, allowing him to materialize. Luckily, the Doctor’s translator is working, but Noss has distressing news; although many ships have crashed to the surface, none have ever left. Paris notes that Noss is attracted to Tuvok - but when he tells his Vulcan friend this, Tuvok denies an attraction. Paris’ comments make Tuvok recall his days of training with the Vulcan Master, during which he hated being Vulcan, and could not control his emotions.
As Voyager’s crew searches for the away team, the starship is caught in the same subspace sinkhole that crippled the shuttle, but escapes. Another ship appears, announcing its intention to close the rift the following day. Captain Kathryn Janeway argues that her crewmembers are trapped inside, and must be rescued. A probe of the sinkhole soon reveals that the away team is still alive - though a temporal differential in the rift has caused three months to pass from their perspective! Even worse, the sinkhole itself is on the verge of collapse, and its end will crush everything inside it!
On the planet, raiders injure Tuvok, and the Doctor and Noss tend to him. Noss tries to kiss Tuvok, but he rejects her, as well as the emotions he is feeling. Tuvok later tells Paris about his childhood, and how he learned to embrace logic over emotion. Shortly after, a signal from Voyager tells the away team that they will be beamed out in just over two days, but their elation is cut short when marauders attack Noss’ crashed ship. Noss leaves to repair the force field that protects her ship, but Tuvok must rescue her from attackers, returning just in time to beam them back to Voyager. As the ship departs for Noss’s homeworld, Tuvok bids his new friend goodbye with a mind-meld, allowing her to experience what is inside his mind...and his heart.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: February 10, 1999
Mission Stardate: 52542.3
A small spacecraft, piloted by a grizzled, aged alien man, is rocked by a barrage of electrical bolts from a nearby stellar mass. As the pilot shouts in defiance, his ship flies into the mass, which is actually a huge gaping maw...U.S.S. Voyager’s sensors detect a wormhole that has appeared out of nowhere, leading straight to Earth’s doorstep. Captain Kathryn Janeway is skeptical, especially since readings suggest a life form. But when Seven of Nine returns from an away mission, she finds the command crew jubilant, with Voyager on course for the wormhole they now believe is genuine. A probe has even received communiqués filled with good news from the Alpha Quadrant, but a suspicious Seven believes the crew has ignored obvious signs of a deception.
After Janeway dismisses Seven’s worries as discomfort about returning to Earth, Seven gets the Doctor to run psychological scans of the crew. Seven then detects the alien ship trapped in the wormhole and contacts the pilot, who warns her away. Seven find young Naomi Wildman hiding in the cargo bay, frightened because she also realizes the crew is acting strangely. When Chakotay and two security guards try to place Seven in stasis, Seven and Naomi escape by trapping the men behind a force field. Seven is knocked out in Engineering while attempting to shut down the impulse drive, and fails to stop Voyager from entering the wormhole...in reality, the mouth of a colossal alien creature. The crew sees Earth straight ahead - but only in their dreams, as they lie unconscious all over the ship.
Naomi, the only one unaffected, revives Seven, who discovers they are inside a bioplasmic life form. As Voyager flies deeper into the creature, Seven locates the other ship and beams the pilot over. The alien, Qatai, explains that the "monster" uses telepathy to sense its prey’s desires, altering the crew’s thoughts to make them lower their guard so it could eat the ship. Qatai has been hunting the creature for 40 years, ever since the creature killed his family. It trapped him by making him believe he had found a way to kill it by striking at its most vulnerable system, when Qatai was actually flying into its digestive chamber, as Voyager is now.
Seven of Nine reactivates the Doctor, who suggests forcing the creature to expel the ships by making Voyager a little less tasty. The Doctor and Seven release a burst of antimatter from Voyager’s warp core, and Qatai’s ship fires on the antimatter, creating a reaction that causes contractions in the creature’s esophagus. The creature at first fools them into thinking they have achieved their wish to escape, but a second blast forces it to expel the ships for real. After the confused crew awakens, Janeway deploys a series of warning beacons in the area. Voyager resumes is course as Qatai, continuing his hunt, flies into the creature’s maw once again.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Dark Frontier, Part I
Original Air Date: February 17, 1999
Mission Stardate: Unknown
Deep in the Delta Quadrant, a Borg probe ship nears the Federation starship U.S.S. Voyager. Though the Borg broadcast a message that Voyager's crew will be assimilated, Captain Kathryn Janeway warns the Borg away, telling them that her vessel can match their firepower. Janeway's crew transports a photon torpedo onto the Borg ship, detonating the weapon near the cube's power matrix and destroying the vessel completely. Among the data recovered from the debris is a schematic of tactical movements by the Borg, which enables Voyager to find a damaged Borg scout ship which is limping its way home. Janeway decides to penetrate that vessel's defenses in an effort to acquire a Borg transwarp coil...a device that would greatly accelerate Voyager's trip home.
To prepare for their mission against the Borg, Janeway assigns the ex-Borg crewmember Seven of Nine to scrutinize her parents' log entries; they had studied the Borg for quite a while before they were assimilated. As she listens to their journals, Seven remembers herself as a little girl - Annika Hansen - and recalls the mixed feelings she had about her parents' activities. Called away from her ruminations, Seven joins in a holodeck simulations of the coming raid on the Borg vessel, a practice run which takes 12 seconds too long. The crew must discover how the Hansens stayed for long periods aboard a Borg cube without being detected. Janeway notices that the simulation and exploration of her past are affecting Seven emotionally; is she ready to face the Borg collective again?
As she studies her parents' data again, Seven receives a visit from young Naomi Wildman, who questions her about the Borg. Naomi soon begins to turn into a drone, and Seven thinks she is dreaming, but that is not the case; the Borg have accessed her neural tranceiver. A female voice makes her an offer - the Borg know about Janeway's plan and will spare Voyager if she will return to the collective! Over the next two days, Seven becomes increasingly agitated, prompting Janeway to remove her from the away team assigned to enter the Borg ship. Without telling the Captain about the Borg's offer, Seven convinces Janeway to reinstate her.
The mission commences, with a shuttle dispatched as a decoy while the away team - Janeway, Seven, Lieutenant Commander Tuvok, and Ensign Harry Kim - beams aboard the Borg vessel to steal the transwarp coil. The undertaking goes well - until Seven receives another message from the Borg; Seven then quickly decides to stay behind, and her three teammates narrowly escape. The Borg scout ship activates its transwarp drive, leaving Voyager behind, unharmed. The scout ship soon docks at an immense Borg Unicomplex, where Seven is escorted to a green-lit chamber. Before her, a Borg Queen assembles herself - and welcomes Seven back to the collective!--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Dark Frontier, Part II
Original Air Date: February 17, 1999
Mission Stardate: Unknown
The crew of the U.S.S. Voyager is unaware that to ensure the ship's safety, ex-Borg crewmember Seven of Nine has agreed to rejoin the Borg collective. Escorted to a special chamber within an immense Borg Unicomplex, Seven witnesses the startling creation of the new Borg Queen, who welcomes her "home". The Queen tells her that the Borg placed her on Voyager, but before divulging anything more she orders Seven to regenerate in a specially built alcove. Meanwhile, aboard Voyager, Captain Kathryn Janeway clings to the hope that Seven may not have returned to the collective willingly. Young Naomi Wildman, Seven's friend, joins her in that hope. Regardless, the Borg Queen has plans for Seven of Nine...
Reactivated in her alcove, Seven discovers that she is still unique and individual. The Borg Queen tells her that the collective wants to keep her that way, to use her humanity to help in the assimilation of Earth. Meanwhile, they depart to assimilate another Delta Quadrant world. On Voyager, Janeway determines that a set of signals sent to Seven are from the Borg Queen, and that they correspond to signals recorded in the logs of Seven's parents, exobioligists Magnus and Erin Hansen. Janeway and her crew plan a long-range rescue mission aboard the specially equipped Delta Flyer shuttle, which has been fitted with a recovered Borg transwarp coil. The away team consists of Ensign Harry Kim, Tom Paris, Lieutenant Commander Tuvok, the holographic Doctor, and Janeway.
Although reluctant to aid in the Borg's assimilation of Species 10026, Seven helps remodulate the Borg cube's shields when the planet's defense fleet attacks the ship. Rather than forcing her to help with the physical assimilation, the Queen assigns Seven to shield-repair duty. but down below, Seven helps several of the aliens escape; though the Queen soon detects Seven's actions, she allows the aliens to go. Aboard the Delta Flyer, Janeway studies the Hansen's final logs, just prior to their assimilation. She's interrupted by the Doctor, who has found a way to send a brief signal directly to Seven when they discover which cube she is aboard.
The Queen tells Seven her plan to conquer humanity: The Borg will detonate a biogenic charge in Earth's atmosphere, delivering a nanoprobe virus that will gradually assimilate all life. But as the Queen begins forcing Seven to choose between a drone or willingly abetting this plan, Seven receives a transmission from Janeway. The Delta Flyer manages to elude sensors, and Janeway and Tuvok beam aboard. Janeway enters the Queen's chamber, where a tense standoff ensues - either the Queen releases Seven, or the Delta Flyer will destroy the cube. Seven helps Janeway override the chamber's shields so that they can beam back to the Flyer. They go to transwarp, but the Queen's cube enters the conduit with them before it can close. The Flyer exits at a prearranged rendezvous point, where Voyager deploys photon torpedoes into the conduit, collapsing it and apparently destroying the cube. Later, using the transwarp coil aboard Voyager, the ship travels 20,000 light years closer to Earth before the coil fails. Janeway orders Seven - who has downloaded all the tactical data she gathered from the Borg - to take a well-deserved regeneration cycle.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: February 24, 1999
Mission Stardate: Unknown
A massive ship flies through space, dwarfing U.S.S. Voyager, which is docked alongside. The starship’s crew has spent two weeks helping the Varro repair their warp engines. Throughout their 400-year journey, the Varro vessel became a generational ship and the race itself grew extremely xenophobic. The Varro and their leader, Jippeq, reluctantly accepted help only under strict conditions, including the prohibition of any close fraternization between the crews. Captain Kathryn Janeway was happy to accept, but unbeknownst to her, in another part of the Varro ship, Ensign Harry Kim is in the midst of a passionate encounter with Derran Tal, a beautiful Varro engineer. As they kiss after making love, Tal’s neck begins to glow, and the luminescence flashes through Kim as well.
As Kim and Seven of Nine scan for microfractures in the Varro ship, Seven sees Kim’s skin glow, and takes him to Sickbay. When the Doctor suspects Kim has contracted an alien virus, the embarrassed ensign admits he has been having relations with Tal. The Doctor is required to tell Janeway, who is shocked and disappointed by Kim’s indiscretion and breach of Starfleet protocol. Kim says he has true feelings for Tal, but Janeway orders him to break off the relationship and formally reprimands him. Kim is nevertheless drawn back to Tal, who explains the glow is a biochemical bond between the Varro called the "Shared Heart". The only way to reverse the process is for them to stay away from each other.
A young Varro stowaway discovered aboard Voyager reveals that thousands of Varro feel trapped aboard ship and have formed a resistance movement willing to take violent action. When microfractures are detected in Voyager’s docking port, the cause is determined to be synthetic parasites that feed on duranium alloy, and an unauthorized shuttle excursion by Kim and Tal is cut short when Tal comes under suspicion of creating the parasites. She admits to being part of the dissident group, who wants to dismantle the Varro ship into sections and go where they choose, and she engineered the virus to eat the metal joints between sections. Jippeq, however, is adamant that his people stay together. Janeway is livid at Kim’s latest act of disobedience, but for the first time, Kim stands up to Janeway, insisting the love he has for Tal is so intense that he is willing to risk his career.
Tal tries to stop the movement of the parasites through the Varro ship, but her efforts come too late, and the ship begins to explosively decompress section by section. As the Varro rush to evacuate, Voyager remains docked as Janeway extends its structural integrity field to help stabilize the Varro ship. Jippeq is shocked that outsiders would endanger themselves to help. As the explosions are about to reach Voyager’s docking ring, Jippeq tells Janeway to move off, and Voyager moves to safety as he orders the remaining modules to separate. Most of the Varro choose to travel together in separate ships, but the dissidents are granted permission to break away, and Tal and Kim say bittersweet farewells to each other.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: March 3, 1999
Mission Stardate: 52586.3
In a lounge on the starship U.S.S. Voyager, Lieutenants Tom Paris and B’Elanna Torres are married by their commanding officer, Captain Kathryn Janeway. The ceremony is short but happy, and the crew resumes its journey home; thanks to recent modifications to its warp engines, Voyager should arrive at Earth’s solar system in just over two years! But Torres and Seven of Nine soon discover that the enhanced warp drive is breaking down the molecular bonds of the ship. But before anyone can discover a solution to this crisis, a mysterious epidemic strikes down Torres and many other crew members, unraveling their chromosomes at the molecular level. Will the crew of Voyager survive to reach Earth?
The ship’s Doctor theorizes that the cellular degradation of the crew is due to exposure to the modified warp field. Commander Chakotay and Lieutenant Commander Tuvok narrow the problem down to an event ten months and eleven days prior, when Voyager was forced to land on a Class-Y planetoid. There, they encountered biomimetic life-forms that created DNA-sampled duplicates of the entire crew. Now, Tuvok and Chakotay confirm their disturbing new theory when they ask the Doctor to inject the recently-deceased Torres with a dichromate catalyst...causing her to dissolve into a silvery liquid.
They soon deliver the horrifying news to Janeway; everyone on the ship - and even Voyager itself - is a biomimetic duplicate of the original. The only chance to halt their deterioration is to reach the Demon-Class planet from which they came, or find another one like it. Janeway tells the crew that duplicate or not, their mission is still to reach Earth. But when they arrive at another Class-Y planet, an alien ship opens fire and orders them to leave orbit; Janeway withdraws, prompting confrontations with Paris and Chakotay.
Janeway orders a heading for the original Demon planet, but as time passes, more crewmen pass away and vital ship’s systems fail. As the duplicate Voyager’s chances of reaching its safe haven intact dwindle to less than twenty percent, the remaining crewmembers prepare a time capsule containing their database and personal logs. Janeway dies, as does most of the command crew, leaving Kim as acting captain of a ship that is coming apart moment by moment. Seven succumbs before she can launch the capsule, and the duplicate crew’s history is gone in seconds. The dissolving starship’s remaining crew sights another ship and reroutes all power to contact it, but to no avail; the faux Voyager soon disintegrates in space. Moments later, the other ship - the real Voyager - responds to the distress call, only to find its doppelganger's mineral traces drifting in the void. The genuine Janeway - unaware of the identity of the other vessel’s crew - logs the mysterious tragedy before resuming Voyager’s journey toward Earth.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: March 24, 1999
Mission Stardate: Unknown
Commander Chakotay is on one of the starship U.S.S. Voyager's holodecks, sparring in an old-style boxing match. When he is distracted for an instant by his holographic trainer - STarfleet Academy's groundskeeper, Boothby - Chakotay sees something unusual materializing behind his opponent...just before he is knocked out with a punch to the head. But although the ship's Doctor is concerned for Chakotay's health, a bigger problem soon arises: Voyager is caught in a spatial anomaly called "chaotic space", a phenomenon which disrupts many of the laws of physics! Now, with the ship's sensors useless and it's shields at the mercy of graviton shears, Voyager and her crew seem doomed. But could the hallucinations Chakotay is experiencing hold the key to the ship's rescue?
The Doctor's scans shows that Chakotay has a genetic marker for an inherited disorder known as "sensory tremens", symptoms of which include auditory and visual hallcinations. Captain Kathryn Janeway hypothesizes that chaotic space might be stimulating the gene afflicting her first officer. The crewmembers' attentions are diverted in their attempts to leave the anomaly when they discover a derelict ship; its crew is dead, and the vessel has been trapped in chaotic space for a year. Of more concern is the fact that members of its crew suffered from hallucinations...like Chakotay's.
Chakotay undergoes a vision quest, in which he sees his "crazy" grandfather, and realizes that aliens from within chaotic space are communicating with him. Later, under the Doctor's care, he goes back into his hallucinations, where he boxes as "The Maquis Mauler" against an opponent know as "Kid Chaos". He also sees his fellow crewmates warning him, and his grandfather, who keeps trying to get him to embrace the "others". Meanwhile, the Voyager crew tries every trick in the book to free their ship from chaotic space, but succeed only in traveling in a circle.
With the Doctor's help, Chakotay returns to the boxing hallucination, where he communicates with Kid Chaos while boxing him. The Kid tells him that Voyager's crewmembers must realign the starship's sensors - and realign their way of thinking - to escape from chaotic space. Although the prospect of going insane scars Chakotay, he surrenders to the hallucinations, receiving instructions from the aliens on how to adjust the ship's deflector dish and sensors. Though its passage is risky, Voyager eventually reemerges in normal space and continues on its way to the Alpha Quadrant. Later, a fully-sane Chakotay resumes his holographic boxing program...and finds himself a much better fighter.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: March 31, 1999
Mission Stardate: Unknown
As the starship U.S.S. Voyager travels through the Delta Quadrant, her sensors locate a planet with large deposits of dilithium beneath its upper mantle. Moments later, the world explodes, damaging Voyager and trapping the vessel inside a cloud of metreon gas. A heavily-armed Hazari ship arrives and demands the crew’s surrender - the aliens are collecting a bounty on Voyager for an unnamed bidder - but Captain Kathryn Janeway’s plans allow the Federation ship to escape. Unfortunately for Voyager and her crew, there are twenty-three Hazari ships in the sector, with more on the way! But as Janeway tries to figure a way free of any potential trap or confrontation, she receives a visit from an isomorphic projection of Kurros, the head of an alien "Think Tank", who promises to help her escape the Hazari...for a price.
Janeway and Seven of Nine beam over to the Think Tank’s vessel, where they meet the other members of the odd group, each of whom converses with the others by means of a telepathic communication system. The Think Tank’s members offer to help Voyager escape from the Hazari, in trade for quantum slipstream technology, Neelix’s recipe for chadre’kab, an ancient Olmec figurine...and Seven of Nine!
The captain counsels with Seven, and offers her the choice to go with the Think Tank; while the offer is intriguing to the ex-Borg, Seven declines the invitation. Moments later, two Hazari ships attack Voyager. Kurros aids Janeway’s crew in repelling the aggressors, hoping that Seven will reconsider. When she turns down the offer again, Kurros returns to his ship, where his Think Tank partners decide to wait out the battle; they predict a 96% probability the ex-Borg will be theirs eventually.
Janeway and her crew manage to capture two Hazari warriors. The Starfleet officers study the damaged craft, and discover that Kurros and the Think Tank are the people who hired the Hazari to capture Voyager! Janeway succeeds in convincing the Hazari that the Think Tank would bring a substantially larger bounty than would Voyager.
The Hazari fake an attack on Voyager, and Seven "defects" to the Think Tank. Kurros is suspicious and links Seven to his telepathic communications system, whereupon Janeway sends a disruptive signal through Seven’s implants. With the Think Tank’s communications interrupted, the group’s vessel is now vulnerable to Hazari subspace charges. Pulled from the safety of subspace, the Think Tank is fired upon by dozens of Hazari vessels, while Voyager’s crew uses the transporter to recover Seven. Kurros make a last-ditch effort to appeal to Seven, but she refuses, and Voyager warps away to safety.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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Original Air Date: April 26, 1999
Mission Stardate: Unknown
The U.S.S. Voyager rescues two crewmen from an abandoned, out of control Malon freighter that's about to unleash a theta radiation blast into the sector. Soon, Lieutenant Torres leads an away team to board the freighter and contain the poison - despite warnings from its crewman, Fesek and Pelk, about the Angel of Decay that wreaks havoc aboard the cargo ship.--courtesy of StarTrek.com
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Someone To Watch Over Me
Original Air Date: April 28, 1999
Mission Stardate: 52647
To broaden her knowledge of human behavior, Seven of Nine gets lessons from The Doctor on socializing and dating rituals. When they enter a holodeck simulation in Sandrine's nightclub, Seven not only learns the art of small talk, but how to slow dance and sing a song. Eventually, she makes a date with Lieutenant Lansing but it's The Doctor who falls in love with Seven. Meanwhile, during a tour to help facilitate a trade agreement with the monastic Kadi colony, Neelix unwittingly provides their ambassador, Tomin, with forbidden food and drink.--courtesy of StarTrek.com
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Original Air Date: May 5, 1999
Mission Stardate: Unknown
Captain Janeway reminisces about her ancestor Shannon O'Donnell, the first of her family's long line of explorers and one who helped build the Millennium Gate on Earth. As Janeway relates the story, the episode revisits the town of Portage Creek on New Year's Eve 1999, as Shannon O'Donnell (played by Kate Mulgrew) nears the deadline to convince the town's last holdout, local bookstore owner Henry Janeway, to approve the building of massive, half a mile high Milliennium Gate, a model for the first colony on Mars.--courtesy of StarTrek.com
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Original Air Date: May 12, 1999
Mission Stardate: 52861
In 2371, Captain Kathryn Janeway beams onto the transporter pads on the U.S.S. Voyager. It is her first day on the not-yet-completed starship, and she is late. She is greeted by Admiral Patterson, who takes her on her first tour of the ship, during which she converses briefly with the blond Ensign Anna Jameson; once alone, the ensign reports into a communicator that her scans have not picked up signs of a weapon so far. She continues through the ship, finding temporal distortions on deck four, section 39, then a temporal bomb. But she can’t dismantle the device, and she must be transported out before Janeway and her security teams can detect her. Years in the future, Seven of Nine reappears on the temporal transporter pads of the 29th-centyry Federation Timeship U.S.S. Relativity...and falls to the floor, dead.
Although Lieutenant Ducane objects, the Relativity’s Captain Braxton orders them to try again with Seven; they will pull her from nanoseconds before an explosion destroys Voyager in 2375. At that time, a normal evening for the ship’s crew is disrupted by temporal distortions throughout the ship. As time rifts cause paradoxes throughout the ship, Lieutenant B’Elanna Torres and Seven find an anomalous device, but before the crew can beam it away - or evacuate the ship - the temporal disturbances rip Voyager apart!
In the future, Braxton explains to Seven - whom they have once again rescued from the explosion in the past - that someone planted a temporal disruptor aboard Voyager, and that she must go back in time to find and stop the culprit. This is the third temporal incursion Seven has made; a fourth try may cause her to suffer temporal aphasia and psychosis. Seven receives a briefing on her past attempts and undergoes a holographic simulation with Braxton, who sends her back to the past again, to stardate 49123.5621, during a Kazon attack on Voyager in 2373.
Unfortunately, Janeway detects Seven’s presence, recognizing the chroniton variance readings as the same as those from when Voyager was in dry-dock. Janeway erects a level-ten force field around the area, cutting Seven off from the Relativity’s communicators and transporters. Seven is forced to tell Janeway the truth, and her future captain finally believes her. But when they team up to capture the saboteur, it turns out to be Captain Braxton! He reveals that he comes from a later 29th-century future; this Braxton suffers from temporal psychosis and blames Voyager for all his problems.
Aboard the Relativity, Ducane relieves Braxton of command, but the future Braxton escapes and transports back to Voyager’s days in dry-dock. Seven travels back to stop him, but loses him as he jumps five years ahead. There, the time-traveling Seven suffers an incapacitating aphasia, but she tells that time period’s Seven to stop Braxton. She does, and Braxton is transported back to the 29th-century, followed by Janeway, whom Ducane asks to help clean up the timeline contamination from Seven’s trips. Janeway captures Braxton before he ever planted the temporal bomb, and returns with him to the far future. Shortly afterward, the Relativity’s new commander transports them back to Voyager, where they reintegrate with their 2375 selves.--courtesy of Star Trek Universe
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