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Star trek: Voyager 5.01a - Night

Stardate 52081.2
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Episode propaganda

Traversing a completely dark region of space with low crew morale and a reclusive captain, Voyager is attacked and invaded by beings with superior weaponry. When a third party comes to the rescue and offers to show Voyager a short cut through The Void, Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) is drawn into a dispute with potentially lethal consequences.

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
  • Ken Magee .... Controller Emck
  • Steve Dennis .... the Void being
  • Martin Rayner .... Doctor Chaotica
  • Brannon Braga .... Screenwriter
  • Joe Menosky .... Screenwriter
  • David Livingston .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Fire all weapons!

There was a time when Janeway was trying to conserve all the photon torpedoes she could because she only had a hundred to last 70,000 light years. Not any more. She's had the crew working round the clock to replenish their supply because she ain't conserving nothin' no more!

Oh yes, the story. The Void is one of those spatial phenomena which bring out the worst in people, kind of like a wet long weekend that will last two years. After two months of unremitting darkness out the windows everyone is getting pretty snarky. Thank heavens for aggressive beings because without them this would've been one boring episode. But, as you know if you've read the hype, the beings variously attack, invade and communicate with Voyager.

The morals of this story are pretty obvious - dumping toxic waste in third world countries like Australia is nasty and destroys the environment, even if there's nothing there (terra nullis, anyone?) and capitalist pigs are, well, pigs. Since all Trekkies are greenies, I don't need to dwell on that aspect, but it's nice to see a good social issue pop its head up every now and then (like The outcast).

But, apart from the shooting and battles and effects, the best part of this episode is Tom's latest holonovel: Captain Proton saves the Earth. This story is an homage to the old black and white space operas like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers with their hokey effects, men in silver suits and screaming women (why were they ever let out of the kitchen?)

Night is a fast-paced, taut adventure in outer space, well written, well presented and great to watch. I officially proclaims it the best episode of Season Five so far.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 29 January 1999

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