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Star trek: Voyager 2.07b - Death wish

Stardate 49301.2
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While investigating an atypical comet, the crew of Voyager inadvertently releases a member of the Q Continuum (Gerrit Graham) from his 300-year confinement. To her astonishment, Captain Janeway ascertains that this being's sole purpose is to commit suicide...

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
  • John de Lancie .... Q
  • Gerrit Graham .... Q
  • Peter Dennis .... Sir Isaac Newton
  • Maury Ginsberg .... himself
  • Jonathan Frakes .... Commander William T Riker
  • Shawn Piller .... Storywriter
  • Michael Piller .... Screenwriter
  • James L Conway .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Star trek: original series - h, yeah! Morality! Ethics! Q-humour!

Now, before you get started, yes, the Q are the most painful and annoying continuum in all the continua - but this episode just happens to go a long way to redeeming them, in dramatic terms. While their silliness does tend to undercut the seriousness of the issues at stake (personal freedom, suicide, euthanasia), it puts me in mind of the Greek gods and their (mythologised) infantile behaviour. Perhaps they were something of an inspiration for the writers.

Another plus is getting to visit the Q Continuum, in terms which the lowly Humans on Voyager can understand, of course.

Suicidal Q (as opposed to Recurring Q, who is also in this episode) is wonderfully performed, with humour, philosophy, pain, conviction and all the cosmic weariness of an immortal and omnipotent being. So despite my Q-reservations, I thoroughly recommend this episode to any Trekkie (you'll understand why Australian censors threw an Adult themes rating on it).

Security censorship classification

PG (Adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

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