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Star trek: Voyager 5.02a - Extreme risk

Stardate around 52110
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Episode propaganda

When an aggressive alien vessel attempts to steal one of Voyager's probes, Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) gets involved in a space race to design and build a ship capable of rescuing the probe from its resting place in the atmosphere of a hostile world. Unfortunately, B'Elanna Torres' (Roxann Dawson) depressive and potentially suicidal behaviour threatens to destroy the Captain's plans...

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
  • Hamilton Camp .... Controller Vrelk
  • Alexander Enberg .... Ensign Vorik
  • Daniel Betances .... the holographic pilot
  • Kenneth Biller .... Screenwriter
  • Cliff Bole .... Storywriter

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Wow! A Star trek character with a mental illness (that isn't funny, thanks for nothing Lieutenant Barclay).

The story about the probe and the Malon (they're the ones who are dumping Toxic waste (ie theta radiation) all over the quadrant) is there for a bit of technobabble and some special effects and later on, a bit of a space battle (Fire all weapons!) which is a good thing, because depressed Human/Klingon hybrids don't make a whole episode's worth of drama.

Having said that, depressed Human/Klingon hybrids are very good for making the major part of an episode's drama. As I suffer from depression, I understand and empathise totally with B'Elanna's feelings. Her behaviour is very true to life. It's also very interesting to watch. The dramatic confrontation between her and Chakotay (who is finally doing something butch) is a very tidy piece of emoting, too.

I also saw the somewhat dubious Delta Flyer. This is Tom Paris' attempt at introducing a new shuttle to the ship with an inexhaustible supply of shuttles. The Delta Flyer is bigger, faster, stronger and prettier than the others. It incorporates Borg tech and all sorts of other great stuff to babble about. The major flaw is Tom's hands-on controls (knobs and dials rather than touch sensitive exploding panels) which came from the Captain Proton episode. Maybe they'll be refined away in later episodes. I hope.

Watch and enjoy.

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence, adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 15 February 1999

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