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Star trek: Voyager 5.05b - Counterpoint

Stardate around 52390
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Episode propaganda

As Voyager rescues two families of telepathic being refugees from the Devore Imperium, they are intercepted by a Devore squadron and boarded by inspectors searching for the defectors. Soon Kashyk (Mark Harelik), the lead Devore officer pleads with Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) to grant him asylum.

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
  • Mark Harelik .... Kashyk
  • Randy Oglesby .... Kir
  • Patrick McCormack .... Prax
  • Alexander Enberg .... Vorik
  • Randy Lowell .... Torat
  • Jake sakson .... Adar
  • Michael Taylor .... Screenwriter
  • Les Landau .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Get down dirty double deals and double crosses.

While the hype (as usual) destroys half the surprises in this episode, it still leaves the really big questions unmentioned (thank the goddess for small mercies). I will leave the really big answers unmentioned but I can't resist talking about the questions.

First up is that this episode is full of deviousness. Some might even go so far as to say that this episode was based on the Devious Directive. Very reminiscent of the good guys smuggling innocent refugees out of occupied territory (think Schindler's list), Counterpoint is about Voyager smuggling innocent telepaths out of Devore territory. As far as the Devore see things, telepaths are the scum of the universe, sneaking into your brain, stealing your thoughts and who knows what else?!?

Second up is that Janeway almost gets it on with Kashyk, and we are talking more hormones than Pon farr. This is the closest that Janeway has been to a relationship (let alone sex) since (a) Voyager left the Alpha Quadrant and (b) she got the Dear John from Mark. That's a long wait!

Third up, the game of cat and mouse Janeway plays with Kashyk (and vice versa) is a wonderful interplay between two powerful people meeting to do battle on ever changing terrain. It is subtle, it is brutal, it is fascinating - all mixed in with the underlying sexual tension that these two feel from the first time they meet. Woo hoo!

Fourth up is Torat, whose make-up allows him to be the funniest alien in the galaxy!

Counterpoint is a delicious episode that left me hankering for more, more, more!

FYI: Counterpoint is a musical form involving the simultaneous sound of two or more melodies...

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence, adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 5 May 1999

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