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Star trek: Voyager 4.13b - Hope and fear

Stardate 51978.2
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Episode propaganda

When Arturis (Ray Wise), an alien linguistics expert, helps to unravel a garbled message from Starfleet, the crew of Voyager are thrilled to hear they will soon be speeding home aboard a prototype vessel capable of delivering them to Earth in just three months. But it could all be too good to be true...

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
  • Ray Wise .... Arturis
  • Jack Shearer .... Admiral Hayes
  • Brannon Braga .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Joe Menosky .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Rick Berman .... Storywriter
  • Winrich Kolbe .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Golly, no cliffhanger... but who needs one when you've got 58,000 light years of anguish to go?

There is a depth of emotion that pervades this episode, perhaps set up by the intensity of One, which is simply wonderful. Sure, we know that they won't get home this early in the franchise, but the hope and the fear are there.

Janeway's relationship with Seven is growing in leaps and bounds: angrily, frustratingly and rewardingly. Those women are such a joy to watch. I like to watch.

And there's lots of technobabble, too, just in case you get off on that sort of thing. Slipstream technology? Sounds like a Future episode in the planning to me.

Hope and fear is like a mug of hot chocolate on a cold day, it reaches down inside you and radiates comfort. Watch it.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 1 December 1998

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