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Star trek: Voyager 5.02b - In the flesh

Stardate 52136.4
Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Episode propaganda

Stumbling upon a perfect recreation of Starfleet Academy in San Francisco, the crew of Voyager discovers a secret plan to infiltrate to the highest levels of the UFP. Even more shocking is the identity of the beings: Species 8472 - a race sworn to eliminate all Human life...

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 Walston .... Boothby
  • Kate Vernon .... Commander Archer
  • Zach Galligan .... Ensign Gentry
  • Tucker Smallwood .... Admiral Bullock
  • Nicholas Sagan .... Screenwriter
  • David Livingston .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

A great mystery which will have been completely spoiled if you just read the hype.

This is a continuation of the 8472 arc (see Scorpion I, Scorpion II and Hunters) but now you learn that the nigh on invincible beings are preparing to invade Earth. You know, there's no other planet in the galaxy worth invading. Except maybe Betazed, but that's only if you watch Deep Space Nine. Did that spoil the surprise about the Dominion invasion of the Alpha Quadrant? Oh well, too late now.

Anyway, I have never been a fan of Boothby, the gardener at Starfleet Academy, with his wisdom of the ages and all that. In fact, I am sick of Starfleet being a Humans-only club. There should be more representatives of the over 150 Planets in the UFP (and is that 150 individual cultures or does it include colonies? And do colonies have the right to representation on the UFP council?), especially Vulcans. And Klingon females.

Oops, off the track again.

Meanwhile, Species 8472 doesn't detect Voyager (in fact, they don't even have anyone scanning space) or the existence of Humans in their simulation, and of course, a peaceful solution is found. Ho hum. While this episode isn't great in itself, it does set up a potentially great episode in the future, that's why I am bothering to review it.

Note from the future: this story arc is never revisited.

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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