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Star trek: Voyager 1.04a - Eye of the needle

Stardate 48579.4
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Optimism runs high on Voyager when Harry Kim discovers a wormhole. Exploring the phenomenon, hoping it will lead back home to the Alpha Quadrant, the crew discovers it is only thirty centimetres wide. Undeterred, they try to send a voice message but only succeed in contacting a Romulan ship...

Persons of interest

  • Kate Mulgrew .... Captain Kathryn Janeway
  • Robert Beltran .... Commander Chakotay
  • Roxann Dawson .... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
  • Jennifer Lien .... Kes
  • Robert Duncan McNeill .... Lieutenant Tom Paris
  • Robert Picardo .... the Emergency Medical Hologram
  • Ethan Phillips .... Neelix
  • Tim Russ .... Lieutenant Tuvok
  • Garrett Wang .... Ensign Harry Kim
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Voyager computer voice
  • Vaughn Armstrong .... Commander Telek
  • Tom Virtue .... Lieutenant Baxter
  • Michael Cumpsty .... Lord Burleigh
  • Carolyn Seymour .... Mrs Templeton
  • Lindsey Haun .... Beatrice
  • Thomas Alexander Dekker .... Henry
  • Hilary J Bader .... Storywriter
  • Bill Dial .... Screenwriter
  • Jeri Taylor .... Screenwriter
  • Winrich Kolbe .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Being only seven episodes into the first season, you know that Voyager isn't going to get home, but it's such a well constructed and acted story that you'll want to watch it, anyway.

All the ongoing problems with being stranded in the galactic boondocks with a mis-matched and below-complement crew keep ticking over, adding grist to the mill. We also get to learn little titbits about various crewmembers (the ones who aren't going to die next week, anyway), and it's nice to see people who will become important later floating around in the background now.

The highs and lows of discovering a wormhole that leads back to the Alpha Quadrant (however improbable that is) are well presented in a tight little story. The wariness of the Romulan Commander is as wary as a Romulan Commander can be and still retain any ounce of empathy. Definitely worth watching (I have always enjoyed the Romulan sub-plots, right from The first).

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Out now

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