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Star trek: Voyager 2.06a - Threshold

Stardate 49373.4
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Episode propaganda

Warp 10 has always been the ultimate speed limit and, with technological and engineering backup from B'Elanna Torres (Roxann Dawson) and Harry Kim (Garrett Wang), Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) pilots shuttlecraft Cochrane going for this record. If the team were to crack it, the journey home would be swift. But success brings a terrible reward...

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
  • Raphael Sbarge .... Michael Jonas
  • Mirron E Willis... Rettik
  • Michael Deluca .... Storywriter
  • Brannon Braga .... Screenwriter
  • Alexander Singer .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Surprisingly, this is not about technobabble, although there is lots for the technophile to um... er... phile. It's more about interpersonal relationships and drama and that.

Actually, Tom's self-obsession notwithstanding, this is a good, intense episode that's worth watching for its entertainment value. The "terrible reward brought by success" is a terrible reward, indeed, definitely not worth the reward of travelling an infinite distance in zero time (it's forced evolution, not in any way controllable). And, of course, there's the technobabble.

I should probably remind some folk that the warp scale was recalibrated between The original series and The next generation. So where Kirk took the Bird of Prey back in time to find the Whales by travelling at warp 25 (or, 25 times warp 1), warp 10 now represents the maximum: infinite speed. It's kind of like upgrading from a 386 to a Pentium III.

What was that about technobabble? Oh yes, the mating practices of certain species are investigated in this episode, too, and you'll never believe Who does it...

Security censorship classification

PG (Adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Out now

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Who does it?

You wanna know who does it? Paris and Janeway! And what's more, they have babies, too! Slimy, little lizard babies! Woo hoo!

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