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Star trek: Voyager 2.04b - Resistance

Stardate around 49250
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

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In search of tellerium to power the ship, Janeway, Tuvok, Neelix and Torres transport to an Alsaurian city that is occupied by the hostile Mokra. Tipped off to the crew's presence, Mokra soldiers capture Tuvok (Tim Russ) and Torres (Roxann Dawson). Neelix (Ethan Phillips) manages to beam back to Voyager with the tellerium and the Captain (Kate Mulgrew) is secreted away by Caylem (Joel Grey), an eccentric man who believes Janeway is his long-lost daughter.

On the ship, Chakotay (Robert Beltran) contacts Augris (Alan Scarfe), the Mokran magistrate, to obtain the missing crewmembers, but when the effort fails to produce results he begins formulating a rescue plan. In Caylem's home, Janeway learns that Torres and Tuvok have been taken to the Mokra's impenetrable prison. Hoping to find his missing wife, Caylem asks the Captain if he can accompany her there. Janeway refuses, but the point becomes moot when Mokra soldiers arrive, looking for her.

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
  • Joel Grey .... Caylem
  • Alan Scarfe .... Augris
  • Tom Todoroff .... Darod
  • Glenn Morshower .... a guard
  • Michael Jan Friedman .... Storywriter
  • Kevin J Ryan .... Storywriter
  • Lisa Klink .... Screenwriter
  • Winrich Kolbe .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Katherine Janeway, inter-galactic space slut.

But that's only at the end: the good Captain plays the role of a prostitute in order to infiltrate the heavily guarded Mokran prison. Men being the primal beasts that they are automatically respond to the opportunity for a bit of nookie. Katherine being the woman she is gives them a bash over the head and an inferiority complex.

Meanwhile, back in orbit, Chakotay is holding the fort in nowhere near as dynamic a fashion as his Captain. Sure, he mightn't have got them into this predicament, but he doesn't have the cajones to get them out. He's a lot more laid back in his leadership style. He tries to talk softly and carry a big stick, but in a wild part of the galaxy like the Delta Quadrant such civilised behaviour is often mistaken for weakness. Bluster and bullying are the order of the day. Chakotay is too much of a Teddy Bear and not enough of a Grizzly Bear to do anything for me.

Joel's busy little man, broken to insanity by years of fear, false hope and a broken heart, grates a little. There's always the sense that he's not quite as innocent as he seems. In a dictatorship like the Mokran order no-one can afford to have the appearance of not being what they seem. Keep your head down, eat humble pie, stab them in the back when no-one's looking: that's how you survive in the second world.

B'Elanna and Tuvok's adventures in the torture wing of the prison are revealing for what they show about the two characters and what they tell you about the two cultures. Vulcans have huge resources of patience while Klingons have very little. Vulcan calmness is a mask for deep running waters. Klingon/Latino volatility is a fire that burns brightly and quickly. If there were ever two opposite sides of the coin to put together, it's these two.

Resistance is a good poke in the eye of stand over governments and the sense of tension is palpable through the whole episode.

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

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