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Star trek: Voyager 4.11a - The Omega Directive

Stardate 51781.2
Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Episode propaganda

Voyager encounters omega, the most powerful substance in the universe, with the ability to destroy all galactic warp travel if treated incorrectly. A standing Starfleet order means that Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) must destroy the substance at all costs, but doing so means fighting off the omega's creators, and Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) who is determined to preserve it.

Persons of interest

  • Kate Mulgrew .... Captain Kathryn Janeway
  • Robert Beltran .... Commander Chakotay
  • Roxann Dawson .... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
  • Robert Duncan McNeill .... Lieutenant Tom Paris
  • Robert Picardo .... the Emergency Medical Hologram
  • Ethan Phillips .... Neelix
  • Tim Russ .... Lieutenant Tuvok
  • Jeri Ryan .... Seven of nine, tertiary adjunct to Unimatrix 01
  • Garrett Wang .... Ensign Harry Kim
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Voyager computer voice
  • Jeff Austin .... Allos
  • Kevin McCorkle .... the Captain
  • Jimmy Diggs .... Storywriter
  • Steve J Kay .... Storywriter
  • Lisa Klink .... Screenwriter
  • Victor Lobl .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Woo hoo, one of those secret Starfleet thingos that's full of duty and secrets and that. You know, the ones no-one ever heard of until after it just happened.

But, bitchiness aside, this is a bridging episode before the season finale which is coming out next month: a reasonably interesting storyline which would've been perfectly acceptable in the first season (actually, it would've been pretty marvellous for the first season) but which doesn't quite cut the cake for the nether regions of Season Four. After the long development of the Hirogen story, this one-off episode, with (I add) an inconclusive storyline, is like stumbling as you come into the final turn.

As fill-ins go it could be far worse, but it could also be better.

PS: Given that the computer automatically locks out the crew and that only the Captain can unlock the computer, what would happen if the Captain was disabled or dead? Would they just drift along until everyone died? The writers should've thought a bit harder about that one.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 11 November 1998

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